Siderian – Origins

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: N/A
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://siderian.bandcamp.com/releases
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Siderianband

BAND LINE-UP:

Dave Pope – Vocals,
James Upton – Guitar,
James Evans – Guitar,
John Booth – Drums,
Chris Cox – Bass.

TRACKLISTING:

1. Geneva
2. With The Tide
3. The Supplicant
4. Origins
5. Voices
6. Id Breaker
7. Lizard Method Statement
8. Sneak Attack
9. Oleum

REVIEW:

Hope you’ve strapped on your floaties, knee pads and a helmet, because SIDERIAN don’t give a monkeys for your safety, man, if “Origins” is anything to go by. Front to back, the band do not let up in the sonic brutality and it’s enough to necessitate safety precautions prior to listening. There’s no frills, no progressive elements, and absolutely no consideration for your modern trends – just palpable, “shut up and die” aggression. So what’s in the origin story?

With its renowned peaceful nature, it is a delicious irony that “Geneva” opens the album in such a violent way. A lengthy scream, courtesy of vocalist Dave Pope, alongside blasting drums and tremolo guitars – it’s a sonic razor blade to the face in a frenzied attack. Throw in some healthy doses of groove, and that’s the long and short of SIDERIAN’s sound. A modern, groovy form of thrash that burns and bruises.

Just try and stop yourself from headbanging to the fury of “The Supplicant”, or the groove-laden ballisticity of “Lizard Method Statement” – sure-fire live favourites if ever you could find. The technical musicianship on display here is top-drawer, whilst the band’s nous for crafting well-written ragers should be commended. There’s a coherence that can often be found wanting in a number of other records, but the band manage to toe the line here.

The slower grooves that can be found throughout and in the likes of “Id Breaker” go some way to offering a touch of variety where “Origins” needs it. The album does err a little too close to the relentless, which does, unfortunately, work to the detriment of the band’s attack. Too much of one thing becomes boring, regardless of how hard a track hits. If it’s similar to the previous, it’s merely a continuation, so when “Voices” slows and introduces acoustic guitars in a gloriously-placed clean section, it ably allows to draw breath and recuperate. That there’s further melody that is introduced, is only an added benefit.

“Origins” is that perfect Friday night metal club rager. You can picture it now, with the booze flowing and the place full of people enjoying themselves. SIDERIAN can consider themselves well and truly welcomed to the fold of UK thrashers, and will most certainly go down an absolute treat with a cherry on top live. The relentless nature of “Origins” could do with a few more slower grooves or breaks, ala “Voices”, to really allow the album to take root after boring down into the brain, but for the most part it is a thumping bow. Cool origin story.

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REVIEW BY LEE CARTER
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