Thursday 26 March 2020

ALBUM REVIEW: Sigiriya, "Maiden Mother Crone"

By: Richard Maw

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 15/04/2020
Label: Burning World Records

“Maiden, Mother, Crone” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Mantis
2). Cwn Annwn
3). Tau Ceti
4). Peace Of My Mind
5). Seeking Eden
6). Dark Call
7). Arise (Darkness Died Today)
8). Crushed By The Weight Of The Sky

The Review:

Swansea's Sigirya certainly have the stoner/doom/metal pedigree- Acrimony and Iron Monkey loom large in their back story. This is their third full length record and a follow up to “Darkness Died Today” which was released back in 2014. Opener “Mantis” sets out the band's stall- loping grooves, space rock rhythms and riffs and sitar overdubs. A promising and surprisingly airy start.

From there, “Cwn Annwn” is similarly uplifting and oddly soaring, despite the low end rumble and weighty riffage. As per previous records, there is as much for fans of Monster Magnet here as there is for fans of any of the members' alma mater bands. “Yau Ceti” and “Peace of My Mind” continue in the same vein and it becomes clear what the band will deliver over the course of the album- languid grooves, uplifting and melancholy riffs and melodies, combined with some real weight. Add in some time changes and reverb soaked vocals and you have a Welsh stoner holy mountain.
Across the eight tracks there are plenty of twists and turns- it doesn't just rumble along at one pace- but there is enough uniformity to just stick the record on all the way through and absorb it; dare I say it... a little like the best Hawkwind records. You can certainly differentiate the loose and light “Seeking Eden” from the harder driving and more concise “Dark Call”.

There are darker tracks such as “Arise (Darkness Died Today)” which has a grunge like feel to it and acts as a fine bridge to the more epic closing statement of “Crushed By The Weight Of The Sky” which is the heaviest track on the album as well as being one of the best. Strangely, as I have mentioned grunge, some of the passages of music and melodies sound a lot like Nirvana, slowed down and beefed up. No bad thing as it lends the album a unique timeless quality in keeping with the band's approach and lyrical themes.

I would not hesitate to recommend this to fans of any of the bands mentioned within this review- there's nothing to dislike and plenty to enjoy. The performances match the material assembled here and this is a diverting and different listen.

“Maiden, Mother, Crone” is available HERE

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