Album Review: Pioneers by Siena Root
Available on: Cleopatra Records
Reviewed by: Joseph Timmons: Xombiewoof Magazine
The Rock & Roll of the Late 60s and 70s brought to us visionary musical genius that sang with a deep growl and played with a hypnotic and fiery passion, as time continued, many of these voices changed or simply slipped away into the night on the blues train to obscurity. The British Invasion brought us bands like Deep Purple, The Who, Led Zeppelin and others that had the Blues induced power chords and the driving beat to back it up. Now, in the tradition of true “Stoner Rock” a Swedish band named Siena Root takes us on a new ride through the parallel dimension of both time and space.
Siena Root came to life in Stockholm in the late 90's and is today considered one of the pioneering Swedish bands in old school rock music. In 2004, when the internet and mp3’s were the new deal, the band persistently released their debut album as a double vinyl LP. Listeners would start carrying down their old turntables from the attic, thus marking the first steps in what we today refer to as “the retro trend”. The live act came to be an uncompromising show, using all the heavy vintage equipment that most bands lack the strength and passion to carry along. Even a full size multi-track tape recorder was brought on tour during the recording of the live album. With the immense dedication to do it all the way, Siena Root would always stand out from the others.
Since the beginning, Siena Root has mostly performed as an experimental collective, the foundation being a trio with guitar, bass and drums. Several guest musicians would complete the line-up, and the fans would never expect to see the same show twice. The result was a rare musical diversity throughout the first five albums and hundreds of live shows. Some of these skilled musicians eventually became more frequent, until Siena Root finally decided to settle as a solid five-piece rock act. The adventure continues, and the pioneers are getting ready to plant another flag in the land of root rock!
This is the US debut album, from Siena Root, described as a heavy, heady blend of Deep Purple & Iron Butterfly. This Psychedelic / Folk Rock ensemble, Sam Riffer on Bass, Love Forsberg on Percussion, Erik "Errka" Petersson on Organ, Matte Gustavsson on Guitar and the amazing Jonas "Joe Nash" Åhlen providing Vocals have a sound that rivals the bands that paved the way for many of today’s Rock bands yet have a unique and tremendous sound of their own. Presently working on a world tour, Siena Root will definitely make grandstand appearances through Europe, and quite possibly the United States.
Siena Root’s newest album Pioneers is a testament to the skill of the group and a reverence to the style which is their devotion. Pioneers, released on Cleopatra Records is a must listen and will love album for the serious rocker and for the new to the genre collector, Pioneers, the bands fifth Studio album and first US Release album this album completes their discography and is only the tip of the massive “rockberg” that flows through the ocean of time. Their full album history is massive:
· Pioneers - Album (2014)
· Conveniently Blind - 7" Single (2013)
· Root Jam - Double Live Album (2011)
· Kalejdoskop - Live DVD (2010)
· Different Realities. Album (2009)
· Far From The Sun - Album (2008)
· Kaleidoscope - Album (2006)
· Mountain Songs - 7" Single (2005)
· A New Day Dawning - Double Album (2004)
Pioneers is a collection of powerful songs and includes a fantastic tribute / cover of Whole Lotta Love which as many know is a difficulty to empower, until now I had never heard a rendition with as much feeling and definition as the original. This album is a definite 5 Star, will shine forever release and already looks to be one of the Top Albums for 2015. As quoted in interview, Mick Box of the legendary Rock Group Uriah Heep said “It’s nice to hear a band like Siena Root playing it for real in this overly-processed world that we live in. Power to them, and I wish them all the success in the world!” – We at Xombiewoof agree in total!