Want some slightly progressive US Power Metal? Among the better representatives of this genre definitely were American SIREN. Even though their debut "No Place Like Home" often is called a classic in underground circles (completely deservedly, btw!), one should in no way forget the equally strong follow-up "Financial Suicide". Band boss Douglas Lee (also long year singer of MEKONG DELTA) had exchanged the whole team, which, of course, also had its effect on the music.
In direct comparison to the debut the music was more controlled, meaning that the wild beast was reined in quite a bit. The atmosphere, too, had cooled off considerably. But still the band had several aces up their sleeve, on the one hand the songs were technically top notch yet on the other side the greatly arranged material is catchy enough to also appeal to the average listener. Masterful melodies, far from the regular mainstream shredding, do the rest.
One could describe the music as some sort of mix from old CRIMSON GLORY, GARGOYLE and HAVEN. The necessary heaviness is there as well, of course. Slightly intricate, wilful and still highly addictive songs such as "Kreator Of Dreams", "Lines Of Steel" or "Just For The Hell Of It" are immortal hymns! (Online May 26, 2005)