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Sigiriya : Return To Earth

Sigiriya play the same kind of Stoner as Acrimony... mind you, it's the same band.

They say that Doom Metal is the music of Despair. But that doesn't mean there can't be any joy in it. And happy is exactly how I felt when the first riff of 'The Mountain Goat' started, followed immediately by the instantly recognizable voice of Dorian Walters. For this, ladies and gentlemen, is nothing else than the return of the Welsh stoned bards Acrimony under a new moniker. And listening to this record, you wouldn't believe that they had split in 2001.

And yeah... 'Return To Earth' is the direct follow-up to that timeless masterpiece that was 'Tumuli Shroomaroom'. To quote Spirit Caravan, this album is a ‘jug fulla sun’. The kind of sun that will dry you completely, making you just a husk ready to be mummified. From the awesome opener that is 'The Mountain Goat' to the incredible 'Whiskey Song' (an hymn to desperate summer night drunkenness), from the violent track 'Hurricane' to the the mind-exploding 10 minute long sonic trip of 'Deathtrip To Eryi', Sigirya just deliver the goods perfectly.

This is a release that is so full of ideas, of great choruses and of spacey riffs that it's like listening to a Doom-infused version of Orange Goblin overdosing on Hawkwind. There's not a single bad song here, everything fits perfectly just where it should be, and the final result is nothing more than the best Stoner Doom release of 2011. Something that will leave you with a persistent smile on your face and an immediate need to give the record another spin. Then another. And another one after that. All along while sleeping under a tree watching the sun going down, some cosy reefer nearby with a fridge full of good beer waiting for you.

I had to wait a full decade to hear such great music coming from them again. Welcome home, guys!! The wait was damn too long, but it was damn worth it!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Mountain Goat
2. Tobacco Sunrise
3. Hurricane
4. Whiskey Song
5. Dark Fires
6. Robot Funeral
7. Deathtrip To Eryi

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes

Visit the Sigiriya bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-10-27 by Laurent Lignon
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