With a production quality somewhat akin to the early MÜTIILATION albums, Ireland’s SIORAI GEIMHREADH drive forth with a narrow focused sound. The percussion is the main alternating instrument as the guitars spew forth few riffs that aren’t shifting two-chord patterns and fewer melodies of more than four notes. Still, the percussion is almost as limited, staying primarily with the familiar BURZUM rumbling kicks that set a deceptively quick pace.
The vocals are dry rasps and add to the ‘cold’ feel of the piece, but are technically unimpressive. The guitars likewise are skeletal, but these do work in enhancing atmosphere. However, the atmosphere itself is as limited as the music with focus being firmly on a detachment. While this works, better bands achieve a stronger sense of this misanthropy, as well as conjuring up a wealth of other negative emotion.
The whole approach seems to be a more tapered version of the early BURZUM sound, though not depressive, just distant. Indeed, the narrowness is too limiting, leaving the songs feeling direct but heading towards an unknown end. It feels incomplete and drawn out, particularly on the songs straddling both ends of the ten minute mark.
To its credit, the riffs change and the songs progress in all the right places, getting the best effect of the material at hand. If a little more effort went into the riffs themselves, rather than the structure, this could have been a more solid effort. As it stands it is fairly average, but with the whole ethos seemingly being on maintaining this detached feel, perhaps that was the point. (Online July 31, 2006)