If you know Siberian already, you’ll know that their unique sound is utterly chaotic. However, if you don’t know them already, hearing that the band draws influence from American sludge and Scandinavian metal still won’t prepare you for what is to come. Through Ages of Sleep is Siberian’s second album in their “Age trilogy”, following from its predecessor Modern Age Mausoleum. This time around, the Swedish three-piece have created an album with a much more mature sound about it. Continuing with the idea of having each album theme-based; Through Ages of Sleep is a product of the band members’ documented dreams over the course of two years (hence the title) and explores the subconscious mind. Thus, resulting in an album that is as harrowing as it is chaotic.
The opening track Ascend, provides the introduction to the album and immediately builds the suspense of what the album is going to bring. Before you have time to think about the possibilities however, Witness has already begun and has thrown you straight into the middle of a circle pit. With shredding guitar and thunderous drums, Siberian have “blown the bloody doors off” within minutes. Axis Mundi was a highlight of mine from the album, with a powerful yet rhythmic start before easing into a beautiful middle section with all sorts of sounds and textures, the diversity of the band is truly exemplified. However, it isn’t long until drummer Daniel Eklöw delivers a punishing blast beat and your face has been subsequently ripped off.
The fifth track on the album, Anima Ashtray is the mid-point of the album and acts perfectly as a rest from the first half. This time, the song has a slower pace about it. The vocals are much softer and yet singer Gus Ring delivers an eyebrow raising performance. From going full force in the first half of the album, to then delivering even more emotion with the softer vocals in the latter; Siberian keep surpassing expectations and just as you think you know what is coming next, you are always proven wrong. Dirge continues with the softer side also. A beautiful track that has a real sombre feel to it and goes to show there are no limits for this band.
Coming to the final track on the album, Age of Sleep rounds it all off in perfect fashion. Bass booms from the get go, the guitar and drum combination is melodic and you immediately feel like this is going to end big. Age of Sleep is in essence the franticness of the first half of the album mashed up with the sorrow driven second half, presented in little over 5 minutes.
Overall, Through Ages of Sleep proves to be a spectacular follow up from Siberian’s first album. The only problem was that Ring’s vocals were so drowned out by their own unique wall of sound at times. Nevertheless, Through Ages of Sleep delivered the band’s style in a mesmerising way and Siberian are here to stay.
Album release February 24th.
An incredible follow-up album that tops the band's first. Through Ages of Sleep exceeds expectations and delivers massively. The future is certainly bright for the Swedish three-piece.