Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Sierra - The Mirror (Album Review)

Release date: April 06th 2018. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

The Mirror – Tracklisting

1 About The World
2 Falling
3 Out Of Parts
4 Remember
5 In Circles
6 Queenslip
7 The Last Time
8 The Mirror
9 Rainbow's End


Jason - Guitar/Vox
Robbie - Bass


Canadian Prog Stoner Rockers Sierra new album, The Mirror, carries on the 70s sounding vibe of their last EP – 72 and brings in a more progressive and experimental psychedelic sound. You can still feel and hear the sounds from their earlier releases but this album definitely sees Sierra playing a more confident 70s Progressive and Hard Rock sound.

Opening track – About The World – is a semi-acoustic psychedelic number that has an eerie modern day Opeth feel to it. Jason’s vocals even feel they were influenced by Mikael Ã…kerfeldt. The lyrics have have a more trippy and emotional feel compared to their previous songs. It’s quite an uplifting number and proves that Sierra have added a more dramatic flair to their music.

Second track – Falling – is a more heavier affair with the heavy Doom/Stoner sounds playing a fine balance between Psychedelic Stoner Rock and 70s Progressive Hard Rock. The instrumental work is first rate with Jason’s guitars adding elements of classic sounding Hard Rock/Heavy Metal riffs. Robbie’s bass adds a thumping rhythm and provides a subtle heavy backdrop that holds everything together. I don’t know if it’s me but I can definitely hear traces of NWOBHM on this track and throughout the album.

Sierra may have a vintage sound on this album but they do offer many moments of modern sounding Doom/Stoner Metal vibes that allows The Mirror to breathe and grow naturally.

Songs such as Out Of Parts, Remember, In Circles, Queenslip, The Mirror and Rainbow’s End are the other standout tracks on the album. As Sierra expand their hybrid Progressive/Stoner Rock sound even further with the focus more on melody than pure aggression. Maybe some people will complain that the album isn’t loud or heavy enough. I advise those folks to listen to this album again as Sierra have created a highly intelligent and quite angry album at times.

The lyrics seem more reflective and more personal compared to Sierra’s previous releases. The best part of the album for myself is the different genres of music Sierra have included on the album. Plus the band have the balls to play a high amount of guitar solos on the album. Maybe taking influence from the guitar riff geniuses over the last 40 years. So be prepared for over-the-top guitar solo riff-wizardry on this album.

The Mirror sounds excellent and that’s perhaps down to Sierra teaming up with Philip Cope of Kylesa fame to record this album. As this album sounds impressive from the start. Sierra have worked with Philip with all of their records to date and this is perhaps the best they have ever sounded.

Sierra have delivered the goods with this album. The Mirror has everything that a genuine Hard Rock/Heavy Metal fan could possibly want. If this is your first time listening to Sierra then this album is the best place to start. If you’re a long time fan of the band like myself then this album is going to blow your mind.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Sierra for the promo. The Mirror will be available to buy on CD/DD from April 06th 2018.