Siena Root
A Dream of Lasting Peace


3.5
great

Review

by insomniac15 STAFF
May 27th, 2017 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bring back the '70s...

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.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2017


4713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That Secret Treaties cover. Good record with cool grooves, but nothing groundbreaking.



'Tales of Independence' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLhc1bh-YT0

'No Filters' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc9kva6bGRQ

'Empty Streets' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJsN7wKuSUM

Digging: Motorpsycho - The Crucible

br4dl3yb34r
May 27th 2017


218 Comments


These guys are fun. Its been a while since I've listened to them.

Dewinged
May 27th 2017


14303 Comments


Love me some revival psyche, I'll check this out man.


Digging: Nivhek - After Its own Death/ Walking in a Spiral

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2017


4713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If you haven't, check A New Day Dawning, Far from the Sun and Different Realities. That's where the magic is!

DoubtGin
May 28th 2017


6880 Comments


Pretty good to great retro rock, but imo they have done better and I'd rather listen to Witchcraft or Graveyard.

RunOfTheMill
May 28th 2017


3930 Comments


Album cover alone piques my interest, review does even more :]

Have you ever listened to Black Mountain? I really really loved their last record, how would this compare? The prominence in organ particularly sounds pretty neat

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 29th 2017


4713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks! I like Black Mountain, but they have a more modern sound than Siena Root. I listened to IV a lot.



@DoubtGin - Yeah, I agree. This is more like hey, we're still around making good music, but it isn't up there with their best moments

JamieTwort
May 29th 2017


26988 Comments


Half expected this to be a manosg review, especially with that summary haha

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 29th 2017


4713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I think he'll enjoy this haha.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
May 29th 2017


11430 Comments


lol you know me too well guys

Digging: King Diamond - Songs for the Dead Live



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