All construction works in Amsterdam including Bridges, canal walls, etc, rest on 10-12 m long piles, largely taken from Norway, which had plenty of timber. The Amsterdam band Semistereo works on successful mix of alternative rock, postrock, progrock and a touch of metal. The inspiration source is from the whole world, and the Dutch band is mixing prog with post rock, and blurring the lines between the two. Semistereo deserves to reach a large audience and keep you entertained and hold on to listeners as there is always something exciting to listen to. The track Leap Into Flames,
The new Semistereo album is called Zabriskii. A mysterious name to a nice selection of songs that cover the entire sonic spectrum of the band. The title might contain a subtle reference to the impressive and desolate place in Death Valley, where beauty and decay meet. Zabriskii is self-produced, recorded at the band’s own studio and at e-Sound studio by Thomas Cochrane. The album is mixed by Guido Aalbers (the Gathering, Muse, Miss Montreal, Coldplay), and Mastered by Andy Vandette (Beastie Boys, Rush, Porcupine Tree).
The album release show is on Friday April 5 in Podium Victorie, Alkmaar. Special guests that evening will be Vetrar Draugurinn. Semistereo is with vocalist Paul Glandorf (A Day’s Work, Ayreon), guitarists Martijn Weyburg (A Day’s Work) and Frank Weijers (SaltyCheek, Frappant), drummer Marcel Van De Graaf (Tree Funk Concept) and new bassist Massimo Mastrangeli (Art Against Agony ) more than the sum of the parts.
Semistereo delivers pretty melodies, organic grooves, subtle atmospheric soundscapes and biting voluminous eruptions. Like a Japanese master swordsmith forges a Saijo Owazamono layer by layer … Semistereo is at times whimsical and unpredictable, but always in your face. In their lyrics, themes like social alienation and the horrors of technological progress are not shunned. For those that are into A Perfect Circle, Oceansize, Deftones, Karnivool, Semistereo would probably be interesting?