Take equal parts Santana, Deep Purple, The Allman Brothers Band, Uriah Heep, Grateful Dead, Humble Pie, Mountain, Govt. Mule, and Free, throw it all in a blender, and out comes Swedish retro hard rock & jam sensations Siena Root. Newly signed to MIG (Made in Germany Music), the band are set to unleash their latest platter of '70s love, titled A Dream of Lasting Peace, featuring 10 tracks clocking in at 45 minutes of tasty and quite addicting music. Perhaps a little less heavy than previous efforts, the band still serve up an assortment of hard rock riffs and blazing Hammond organ, but there's an airy, atmospheric and jazzy edge to many of these tracks, complemented of course by plenty of instrumental explorations but still with clear edge to good songcraft.
Opener "Secrets" once again delivers all that is great about this band, featuring those wonderful vocals, swirling organ, and an assortment of tasty guitar riffs and solos. "Tales of Independence" melds bluesy hard rock with funk, and vintage Uriah Heep pops up on the mysterious "Sundown", a song with great vocals and alluring Hammond organ. The band go for a much bluesier edge on the laid back "The Piper Wont Let You Stay", with vocalist Samuel Björö putting in a fine, passionate performance before the band launch into a killer Allman Brothers inspired jam with smokey organ and tasty lead guitar. Erik "Errka" Petersson's commanding Hammond leads the charge on the hard rocking "Outlander" alongside some fabulous riffing and solos courtesy of Matte Gustavsson, while the funky heavy rock of "Growing Underground" will take you right back to Burn/Stormbringer era Deep Purple. "Empty Streets" also channels MkIII era Purple, Björö soaring to the heavens over hazy organ and biting, bluesy guitar, the two instruments eventually doing battle in grand Jon Lord & Ritchie Blackmore tradition. Another wild tune here is the sizzling jazz & blues excursion "Imaginarium", Sam Riffer's walking bass line allowing a launch pad for plenty of majestic guitar & organ solos, again reminding of early Allman Brothers, while the dark & heavy closer "The Echoes Unfold" hints at vintage Uriah Heep with its powerful vocals, creepy keys, and bone crunching riffs.
A Dream of Lasting Peace is a fantastic collection of songs that will thrill any fan of late '60s/early '70s hard rock, prog, blues rock, and psychedelia, with a little dose of jam thrown in for good measure. Killer organ & guitar work throughout, strong vocals, memorable songs, plenty of groove...it doesn't get much better than this folks. Once again, Sweden comes up with a winner, and I think it's about time that Siena Root get the worldwide acclaim they deserve. Mandatory listening right here!
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- Tales Of Independence
- The Piper Won't Let You Stay
- Growing Underground
- Empty Streets
- No Filters
- The Echoes Unfold