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30 Jun 2017

Siena Root "A Dream of Lasting Peace" 2017 Sweden Heavy Prog,Psych new album










Siena Root "A Dream of Lasting Peace" 2017 Sweden Heavy Prog,Psych new album

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With a vast discography and a reputation of being an extraordinary live act gained in more than 400 live shows, Swedish root rock band Siena Root is releasing their seventh album due to production-related reasons now on May 26, 2017, with Hänsel & Gretel/MIG Music. The cover artwork of „A Dream of Lasting Peace“ was designed by Sofia Sagerberg, Patrik Kindwall and Siena Root. 

The band continued their passionate quest for analog sounds. With a superb result: The new album shines with heavy drum grooves, solid bass riffs, screaming guitar/organ dogfights and powerhouse vocals. 

The first single “Tales Of Independence” is going to be released on March 9, 2017..........................

Among those playing classic-style heavy rock, there are few who do it with the conviction of purpose or the soul of Sweden’s Siena Root, and that has remained true in the 13 years since their 2003 Nasoni-delivered debut, A New Day Dawning, despite some significant shifts in personnel and sound. Their fifth studio full-length, A Dream of Lasting Peace, finds the Stockholm five-piece indisputable as masters reveling in the form, even as new frontman Samuel Björö makes his studio debut with the band following the departure of Jonas Åhlén after 2014’s Pioneers (discussed here). 

Founding bassist/vocalist Sam Riffer and drummer/vocalist Love “Billy” Forsberg continue to resonate as the core of the group, and if their last outing captured them still in transition style-wise after splitting with guitarist/sitarist KG West, whose psychedelic ambience was a huge part of the craft of their early work on albums like the aforementioned debut, 2006’s Kaleidoscope (discussed here), 2008’s Far from the Sun and 2009’s Different Realities (discussed here), these 10 tracks/44 minutes show Riffer, Forsberg, Björö, guitarist Matte Gustavsson and organist/keyboardist Erik “Errka” Petersson well in command both aesthetically and in terms of performance. Throughout the release, Björö shines as a singer and Petersson and Gustavsson play off each other — see the penultimate light-step boogie of “Imaginarium” — in a fashion that would and should make peak-era Deep Purple fans blush with delight. 

A Dream of Lasting Peace offers touches of psychedelia in the drifting bluesy jam of “The Piper Won’t Let You Stay” and stage-ready vitality across the likes of “No Filters,” “Outlander” and the bouncing funk of “Tales of Independence,” but primarily, the album lands its impact with the strength of its hooks and the balance of its execution across this range of mostly positive-vibing moods. Siena Root are not a dark band, and they never have been, and A Dream of Lasting Peace sounds like the people who made it were having a good time in a way that proves as infectious as the chorus of opener “Secrets” and “Tales of Independence,” which follows in a righteous opening salvo that continues to build momentum as it shuffles into the more laid back “Sundown.” Harmonies pervade a more patient fluidity, but with Petersson‘s underlying organ line and toss-off lead flourish from Gustavsson, the melody is ever at hand, and an instrumental break at 1:48 into the song’s unassuming 4:19 gives the organ space for a solo complemented by guitar and propelled by the creative drumming of Forsberg, who adds chimes just before a tom roll signals the change back into the verse that reintroduces Björö on vocals. 

It would be a worthy single with Riffer‘s bass as the foundational element, but it does just as well here as a transition into the even more subdued blues of “The Piper Won’t Let You Stay,” the longest inclusion at 6:08 and a graceful instrumental swell that seems drawn forward by Björö, who delivers his most impressive performance of the record in what feels like a showcase track despite a midsection crescendo that offers crisp, thicker guitar and key work and dynamic changes in tempo and volume. As they sleek their way through the crashing end of that song and into the organ rumble that starts “Outlander,” the return to a more energetic chorus and classic structure marked by its starts and stops is a welcome finish to side A, and the manner in which Petersson and Gustavsson end the track first together, then just with Petersson‘s keys, couldn’t feel more appropriate as the fadeout begins.
Already through the first half of A Dream of Lasting Peace, there is no level on which Siena Root aren’t delivering. In performance, in the quality of their songwriting, in the balance of clarity and natural feel of the recording itself and in the spirit driving them, they come across as revitalized, and if Pioneers was their way of exploring the possibilities of where their classic influences might take them post-West, here they take the lessons they learned from that experience and use them to grab the reins of their approach and hone something truly special. Traditionally, one would find a band experimenting a bit more on side B, and the Purple-hued rush of “Growing Underground” teases that possibility a bit in a direct call and response from Gustavsson and Petersson that’s just flat-out fun, leading to “Empty Streets,” which seems at first to echo “The Piper Won’t Let You Stay” but finds Riffer delivering a highlight bassline in tandem with the organ late as part of a rousing apex built outward from a nigh-on hypnotic but still progressive meandering. 

The shorter and more straightforward “No Filters” has a push to echo “Secrets” and “Tales of Independence” early on, and makes a suitable centerpiece for side B as it regrounds Siena Root heading into the jazzy instrumental “Imaginarium” and subsequent closer “The Echoes Unfold,” which offers a spacious ending with echo on Björö‘s voice to fill a void of stopped guitar and keys and temporarily paused drums and bass. The play of volume and push that ensues is no less poised than anything preceding, less bluesy than “The Piper Won’t Let You Stay,” but thoroughly satisfying in its winding chorus and in the key-led ending section, which takes hold at about the three-minute mark and carries through to the long fade just past five minutes in, casting a symmetry with “Outlander” and once again feeling wholly befitting the course Siena Root have set overall. 

Given the obvious care put into their presentation and the level of realization Siena Root attain within these tracks and through the overarching flow they create between them, A Dream of Lasting Peace is a joy that feels sculpted specifically to cast a celebration among the heavy rock converted. The band have their niche, to be sure, but they’ve long excelled in their work and their latest only furthers that thread while also setting them on a sustainable path going forward. Their lineup has always been subject to change and it’s entirely possible it will be in the future as well, but these songs hit on a balance worthy of being considered a highlight in their discography and if they serve as a model for the band to follow, at least for a while, that can only be to the benefit of players and fans alike. A no-doubter to stand among 2017’s best in classic and progressive heavy rock and roll.....................

Siena Root was one of the first bands that got me into heavy psych and a gateway to '70s rock. Although I still rue the day original guitar player K.G. West departed, leaving a gap they haven't managed to fill yet, these Swedes are hands down one of the best revival groups out there. Pioneers was a solid album that kept the engine running, boasting some highlights here and there. Luckily, the latest affair, A Dream of Lasting Peace feels considerably tighter and smoother. The organ plays a crucial role, especially on the barn burning cut 'Growing Underground', embellishing the grooves on 'Tales of Independence' or the jazz-tinged instrumental 'Imaginarium', which reminisces Santana's original jams until breaking into a hard riff during the coda. I can't complain, keyboard player Erik does a splendid job and along with Samuel, the current vocalist, successfully drive the tracks by themselves. 

Nevertheless, the other members get to shine on different tracks, most notably on 'Sundown', 'The Piper Won't Let You Stay' as well as 'The Echoes Unfold'. The former bears a classic Siena Root summer vibe, complete with meandering bass lines, crunchy guitar leads and "pocket" drumming. Sam leaves enough room for the instruments to take off, but has a nice presence throughout too. He knows when to keep it calm or soar over the riffs. 'The Piper Won't Let You Stay' is a classic blues number that borrows some of Billy Gibbons' prowess, only to be enhanced by Hammond organ touches. I really dig the bass tone, being deep and powerful when needed. Moreover, closing track, 'The Echoes Unfold' is a sunny rocker, switching from airy verses to epic choruses without turning cheesy. The effective vocals shine here again and towards the end, one final jam brings this beautiful journey to a halt. I wish they kept it going a few more minutes, much like the way 'In My Kitchen' concluded Pioneers on a high note. 

Similar to its predecessor, A Dream of Lasting Peace is a good record that takes the best out of the hard rocking early '70s to create a strong listen. Undoubtedly, Siena Root are one of the most capable bands in this genre and continue to craft lovely music that both older and younger generations will truly enjoy. To some it might mean a lot of nostalgia, whereas to others (like myself) can act as a gateway to past classics (especially to these guys' best moments). Nevertheless, at the end of the day, this is simply a damn fine LP which deserves at least a couple of spins...... by Raul Stanciu ...................

When Siena Root debuted with 2004’s A New Day Dawning, their music displayed a solid fixation with heavy, 1970s-style rock. The music was solid if a bit undistinguished. But in the decade to follow, the Swedish quintet honed its approach to a sharp point, and – after countless personnel changes – settled upon its current sound lineup. It’s all here: molten guitar lines, rumbling bass, roaring organ, thunderous drums, mock-heroic vocals. To those who love Machine Head-era Deep Purple and Uriah Heep circa Demons and Wizards, A Dream of Lasting Peace will be warmly received. Anyone who believes that all the primordial riffs have been spun will thrill to Siena Root; the musicians manage to sound fresh and new while wearing their shamelessly derivative hearts on their sleeve. Bonus points for the cover art’s clever, knowing take on both BÖC and Klaatu’s Sir Army Suit. – BK........................

13 years ago Siena Root released their debut album 'A New Day Dawning' and from that moment, they became a mighty force in heavy rock and roll. The Swedish rockers have 5 highly acclaimed studio albums and a killer double Live record under their belt; and whilst there have been some lineup changes over the years, they've continued to move and evolve always for the better. 

With the release of their next opus 'A Dream of Lasting Peace' also comes the news that they will be supporting the legendary Deep Purple on the German dates of their next tour, which of course is a perfect fit and evidenced over 10 fantastic tracks on the record. 

The album opens to the shuffling groove of 'Secrets' led the by the vintage organ sounds of Erik Petersson and musically transports you back in time to the early 70's. 'Tales of independence' follows with the feel of Led Zeppelin too it, a track that wouldn't be out of place on Houses of the Holy with its funky, yet classic rock stylings. 'Sundown' emulates the beautiful experiences that must have made the summer of love a wonderful thing; drenched in late sixties psych pop, lush vocals and Matte Gustavsson's wonderful guitar work. Things mellow out a little with the bluesy 'The Piper Won't Let you Stay' and 'Empty Streets' both showcase the vocal talents of Samuel Björö and his distinctive and emotive tones. 'Growing Underground' unleases a torrent of prog n roll and delivers the sound of a band enjoying themselves under promise of the kind of force you can expect to see performing live. 

Elsewhere tracks like 'Outlander' and 'No Filter' show off the bands flare for classic rock, whilst proving their own distinguishing traits lift the music to be being more than respectfully retro. 
'Imaginarium' is a jazzy improvisational jam taking in psych, blues and moves to the tracks conclusion with a hard rock Stomp. Album closer 'The Echoes Unfold' is more measured rock track and a consolidation of songwriting skills and musicianship from the tracks before; Bass player Sam Riffer and percussionist Love Forsberg must also take credit for being the glue that holds each track firmly together, both demonstrate finesse and serious mastery of their art. 

A Dream of Lasting Peace is a wonderful thing, harking back to the early days of the album being a musical art form that has has to be played in full, care has been taken on every aspect of the LP right down to the cover art; that is not to say these tracks don't proudly stand alone too, they absolutely do! 
Theres a welcome familiarity to whats on offer here and masses of new flourishes played with conviction, I've been very lucky to be living with the album for a while now and it absolutely gets better with every play; it has the look, feel and joy of a record you'd find in a cooler elder siblings record collection when you are discovering music for the first time, one that stays with you for a lifetime. 

If you love classic vintage rock, I doubt you'll hear anything this authentic for a long time. This is essential listening......................

Line-up / Musicians 
Matte Gustavsson / lead guitar 
Sam Riffer / bass and vocals 
Love "Billy" Forsberg / drums and vocals 
Erik "Errka" Petersson / organs and keyboards 
Samuel Björö / lead vocals

Tracklist 
Secrets 3:38 
Tales Of Independence 3:39 
Sundown 4:18 
The Piper Won’t Let You Stay 6:08 
Outlander 4:49 
Growing Underground 3:55 
Empty Streets 4:53 
No Filters 3:45 
Imaginarium 3:53 
The Echoes Unfold 5:02

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