Genre : Celtic Metal
Website : http://www.siroccoband.com/
Location : Ireland
Release title : Lambay
Release type : Full-length CD
Release year : 2012
Label : independent
Buy : http://www.siroccoband.com/shop/index.php
3. Fallow; Unearth
4. Mael Suthain
6. An Cheann Rí
7. The Towers
8. Kingdom of Oriel
Irish Folk Metallers Sirocco renew their Celtic presence with "Lambay", their third full-length. Opening with a melodious mystical drone from the mists of The Emerald Isle, Lambay proves to be a fine jewel of Irish Metal artistry. In keeping with the musical tradition of their native Eire, Sirocco achieves profound alchemy from all corners of the musical spectrum - melody, harmony, rhythm, and dynamics.
The infectious jigs and the expansive rhythms of Celtic reels are all to be found underpinning the music of Sirocco, fortified by the battlements of Heavy Metal guitars and drums. The vocals of bass player Ciaran O’ Cearuill project effectively to carry each tune, while often punctuated with a Hetfield-esque bark - yet not evoking the ways of Metallica but of those who gave them the tools they used, NWOBHM bands like Sledgehammer for example.
The standout element of Sirocco on "Lambay" is their advanced understanding of rhythm/lead guitar counterpoint, by the dual guitar team of J. Tobin and John Owens. The lead soars up with great thematic Irish Metal melodies while the rhythm guitar chords infuse them harmonically, hitting the bullseye every time. Great work Sirocco! To top it off the bass lines take this process even a step further, and Robert Kiernan's drums back it all up like laying the stones of an Irish medieval castle. Epic Eire indeed!
"Lambay" drives the point home with timely lyrics bringing the ancient and modern worlds together, full circle. From The Towers:
A long familiar road. Greeted with doubt, a future unseen.
Choices must be made, consequences can be changed.
Cast your sword aside, leave the soil dry.
“It cannot be done, it cannot be true”.
A realisation that your future belongs to you.
And even more direct, in the title track :
A switch turned on,
Understand there is a way to make the change,
A price to pay.
There’s hidden in, I’m sure of it,
Some things of which are worth fighting for.
But these things are addressed
By the few which many do adore.
And when it’s time,
The final cut spreads a feel of being used.
Organise / Decentralise. Give power back to me and you.
Standout tracks include the massive battlecry of "Mael Suthain", the headbanging-guaranteed epic "Kingdom Of Oriel" (great fucking riff), the Celtic-insurrection anthem "The Towers", and the brooding, foreboding title track. So, Sirocco's latest certainly spells auspicious tidings for the band and is a must for any fan of true Heavy Metal, Celtic Metal, and those of the oldschool wishing to see what the future holds, after the Irish Rock groundwork was laid by Horslips and Thin Lizzy. This is only the beginning for Sirocco; I see pastures of the brightest green for this band! Pick it up and catch them live if you can!
- Vile Ent