Saturday, July 25, 2015

SIDEBURN: Evil Or Divine

Wow! I am relatively new to Stockholm, Sweden’s band Sideburn, which was formed in 1997.  Their sound is a really interesting blend of early 80’s heavy metal, a bit of later metal and a healthy dose of classic 70’s rock.  I had previously owned only their 2012 release “IV: Monument.”  It’s really good, and I’ve given it lots of plays (‘Fire and Water’ is my favorite tune) but the new album “Evil or Divine” blew me away right from the first listen.  It’s obvious that this band could pick almost any style of rock and write tunes that would absolutely destroy.  But Sideburn incorporates so many influences into each album that they defy classification.  

If you have 11 or 12 minutes to spare and are game for a ‘two-fer’, check out tracks one and two from “Evil or Divine” and get sucked into the album like I did.  If you are only going to click on one tune out of curiosity however, go for track two below, “Sea of Sins.”  Fairly sure you’ll listen to the other one afterwards, even if you didn’t want to spend that much time. 

Here is track 1, “Masters and Slaves”:  When you think it's getting monotonous, it moves on, and it contains some truly perfect guitar soloing

And now track 2, one of the coolest rock tunes I’ve heard, “Sea of Sins”:

Sideburn is:
Martin KarlssonBass, Vocals (backing)
Fredrik BroqvistDrums, Percussion, Vocals (backing)
Guitars (lead), Vocals (backing)

Until Next week - Rock on!  

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