In a world containing plenty of attempts, from new bands and old, to jump on the djent bandwagon (*cough* papa roach *cough*). Sometimes a band comes along that isn’t trying to boil it down to its lowest common parts. Sirens is a progressive-metal band from Indiana, USA with a history of pulling together heavy guitars and electronic elements. This history dates back to 2011 when they first became a band, working on creating until they released their ‘Spore EP‘ in 2012. It was the EP that definitely put Sirens on the map back then as a formidable creative force, in the ever competitive progressive-metal scene. The ‘Spore EP‘ was groovy, well-mixed, and beautifully written. But getting to the topic at hand, they’ve just released their full-length album called ‘Surge‘.
‘Surge‘ is exactly as the name suggests, full of sudden moments and force. I would call it a mix of common metal instrumentation with synthesized wobbles, arpeggios, and pads that add up to great results. The acquaintance to this album is made easier through a few re-recordings of songs from the aforementioned ‘Spore EP‘. As a whole record, it has a solid idea that doesn’t stick too close to itself throughout. In other words, it’s prog-metal…but that’s not to say that each song sounds like the last. I find myself to be a bigger fan of the screaming vocals than the cleans. They accent the instruments neatly, yet with their own rhythm.
But there’s something this album does that I can appreciate, it makes sure not to alienate listeners that are just in it for the chugging. They’re not trying to be hipsters, they’re making the music they want but making sure it’s accessible. There were some points I felt it was too much on that side of the spectrum, but for the most part this record is pretty unhinged, especially in terms of genre. The elements it draws from each style (prog, electronic dance, ambient), create a package that most will likely enjoy. Personally, my favorites from this record are “Drift“, “Drone“, and “Ephyra“.
- The synth wobbles are fresh and interesting
- Walks the line between hipster and accessible
- Vocals are mostly great, especially the screams
- Sometimes leans too close to mainstream sounds
- Clean vocals sometimes don’t fit where they’re used
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