Mad Wet Sea is a three-piece hard rock band from Ontario, Canada, composed of Ægir, Logi and Karì. They said, “We believe that rock has gotten too polished, and we are here to bring back the raw grittiness of it.” As far as commercial and mainstream goes I would have to agree (I have to admit there are plenty of more underground bands that tear it up hard).
The Sirens Call is a seven-song album. It’s definitely a throwback to ’70s hard rock and metal. There are a lot of moves you hear on this album that are heard from hard rock and metal bands of that era.
The album opens with “Heed the Warning…” which seems to be a sonic version of the album cover which contains samples of the ocean, a boat and what sounds like a siren. I understand why they chose that as sort of an intro but it really doesn't feel musically integrated into the rest of their songs. They sound more like a band on “Heed the Warning…” and for the most part the song consists of distorted chords, a steady and driving bass. The main riff harks back to ’70s rock and in particular Led Zeppelin came to mind.
“Lullaby” was the arguable highlight. The song is straightforward like the others but I just felt the hook was memorable. I liked “Sun Goes Down.” It just sounds like a completely different band at points. The first minute or so sounds like an Americana/folk band and they do sound good but it was a little unexpected.
They get back on their signature sound with “God of War” and “The Sirens Song.” I have to admit I felt “The Sirens Song” was a good way to close. “Sun Goes Down (reprise)” revisits the song that felt a little out of place and then fades into the waves that introduced the album.
Despite some minor issues I had, I thought this was their strongest release yet. The delivery and songwriting was impressive. I hope they continue to crush it. Recommended.
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