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Album Review: Sierra – “The Mirror”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 3:29 PM (PST)

In a time when there is a lot of sad news to report from the tragic death of underground rock bassist hero Caleb from Cave In in an auto wreck to the break up of Seven Sisters of Sleep over horrifying things (best of luck to the other guys who must be in awful shock), I am glad I can put out some positive words today that hopefully will cheer some of you up a tiny bit. The new Sierra record is really, really good. I know it is just music and not serious like the other things I mentioned above, but good art underscores the beauty and cool parts of life and music is literally the soundtrack to our lives. With that in mind, it is awesome that in 2018 when temptation could lead the creative type to make any kind of sounds they want to, that some dudes from Ontario still care enough about rock n roll to make a near perfect hard rock album. When anyone says ,”No new rock is as good as the great old stuff” I will go so far as to say you could play them The Mirror and they will at least look a little sheepish and admit it was pretty god damned awesome even if not made in the late 1970s.

I am a huge Kylesa fan so checked out and enjoyed most of the bands Phillip Cope has given his thumbs up to over the years. Phil and Laura always have recommended awesome crust, psych and retro rockin stonery stuff to others in the scene and Sierra was one of the coolest newer bands I learned about because of them. On The Mirror (which Cope produced), the band have made their strongest statement to date. If a feel good but emotionally nuanced blend of alternative hard rock, 70s influences and even a little prog and thrash somehow melted into one seamless cohesive sound works for you, you need to check this out.

From start of the mellow acoustic and synth intro song (which doesn’t sound like it but for some reason reminded me of Mr. Crowley, if only because I know Sierra love the Ozzman and have done a rippin’ “War Pigs” cover with effin’ Wino, no less) you will want to hear where this goes. The track name “Falling” suits the cover art -which would be a great companion piece to The Jesus Lizard’s DOWN album if the Sierra guy falling ever wants a falling pet dog for company. The song itself sounds huge, big and dominant with melodic undertones like the large sound of the recent Bask Ramble Beyond stuff- for example. The guitar playing and songwriting are mature and fun and while the vocals aren’t show boaty they always fit the tunes.

My favorite lyric is probably on the anthemic “Rainbow’s End”, which exclaims relatably that ,”If you don’t fit into this world, it’s because you’re supposed to change it.” What a positive update to Saint Vitus’ “Born Too Late” message of not fitting in, haha. Just kidding. But for real, it is motivating and the song makes you feel optimistic and want to do good for the people you value or a little old lady, while rocking out hard. “The Last Time” is kinda thrashy and the solos on the record rip. The instruments sound massive and clear but not overdoing it. “The Mirror” even has slow drums that come in with the dominance of Killswitch Engage’s “The End Of Heartache” but in a different metal sub genre. All in all this is just a truly solid and enjoyable time and you will likely play it again all the way through often.

I am really into it. What else can I say? Can’t find a single damn thing wrong with it so I am giving it 5 stars.

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Jason Taylor of Canada’s promising newish sludge prog band Sierra checks in to kick off this week with a great interview. Some may know the band from their Kylesa endorsed Retro Futurist release Pslip from a few years ago, a record that lures me back for repeat listens even amidst all the daily promos and other shit on my plate to distract me. It was kind of like I had found a trippier C.O.C. or stoner rock Tool and the music had a certain warm hazy but powerful quality I loved.

Time passes and the band is back with the 72 EP, a unique long form song with a grisly tale behind it. The 72 EP will see self-release by the band on March 4th, on both CD and digital formats and is sure to be more than worth discovering.

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Album Review: Sierra – Pslip

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM (PST)

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Sierra‘s debut for the Kylesa founded Retro Futurist records lives up to the great label name on this Phillip Cope produced LP. Looking both forward and back, Sierra aim to break on through (via bad ass power trio “go for it” faith) to the other side while still wearing influences on their sleeves. The band is great but vocalist/guitarist Jason Taylor steals the show. Taylor’s guitar playing is expansive and comforting stoner prog that makes you feel warm and fuzzy but want to rage. Every once in a blue moon on here there are even some riffs that sound like Quicksand smoked a bunch of reefer.

“Little Smoke” is the most Spirit Caravan sounding tune I have heard since that great Wino led band turned in The Last Embrace, while “Into Nothing” has a bulldozer Clutch meets Pentagram feel. Sounds cool? It is. Sierra also have a great logo and cool band name, but my only complaint is that the album art and the title Pslip don’t do the music or band justice. The record name reminds me of Phish (not ok), while the album art of a pupil-less girl looking like she is ready to hump just seems kinda teenage (though I loved the new Hammercult art, which is absurd. Guess I am a hypocrite).

I guess they couldn’t call the record Slip (Quicksand kinda covered that one already). These gripes aside, I have played this a LOT. I was lucky enough to buy a copy from the band themselves when they recently played St. Vitus Bar with Kylesa and had some tour copies prior to official release, so I’ve been waiting for the rest of the metal world to start to realize how cool this band is. I’ll give it 4 stars, with only the art and title preventing it from a higher rating, in my book. I wish track number 3 “Control Folly” was the title track of the record. THAT woulda been a cool ass record name.

If you want some brilliant live sounding rock performances with killer solos, great grooves and guitar that really takes you out of the mundane and into the void, this one is for you. Along with label-mates Darkentries and the new Sunn O)))/Ulver release, 2014 is already looking pretty darn boss.

Kylesa Launch Retro Futurist Records

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM (PST)

Retro-Futurist Records

Georgia metallers Kylesa have launched a new record label.

The label is to be called Retro Futurist Records.

The label will officially launch on January 28 with the release of the Canadian prog trio Sierra‘s album Pslip.

Guitarist Laura Pleasants had this to say about the label:

“The idea behind Retro Futurist Records is to provide an artist-friendly home to bands we like and bands we feel are relevant in aesthetic, sound, concept and/or ethics.”

Check out the Retro Futurist trailer as well as a release calender here.

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