#Review: Siamese – Super Human 🦸‍♂️

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Siamese are a 4-piece metal-pop band from Denmark (read our interview with Mirza here) who made serious waves on the scene with their 2018 album, Shameless. Since touring with that album, the band have once again, been busy in the studio and now return with their latest record, Super Human, alongside a mini UK tour too. Here are our thoughts on the album.

Siamese - Super Human

At times, Siamese have found it difficult to be taken seriously within the genre and it’s easy enough to see why – they are not just a straightforward metal band, and Super Human is no exception. They merge Metal with genres like Pop, R&B and Dance and for die-hard fans of metal, this just doesn’t cut it. However, the band have stuck to their guns with their unique take on the genre and that shows conviction for what they believe in…and it’s a good thing!

From the opening track and lead single, ‘B.A.N.A.N.A.S’, with its reference to Gwen Stefani‘s, ‘Hollaback Girl’, on top of an intense metal instrumental – the pace for the record is set.

Other tracks that really stand out, include ‘Ocean Bed’ – an intensely emotive song with a grungy, heavy metal breakdown; the incredibly unique ‘Super Human’ – an urban-tinted affair with powerful lyrics about inner strength and guest vocals from Olivio Antonio and ‘Unified’ – a very personal track on which Mirza opens up about his background as a refugee.

Super Human is a good album and certainly isn’t lacking in musical diversity throughout. Siamese have managed to successfully amalgamate different genres to create a really cohesive body of work.

There are other moments to enjoy throughout the album though; ‘Animals’ begins with a church-like organ and builds like a Dance track would before launching into chugging metal; ‘You’re Not Alone’ is an uplifting song not only lyrically but reflected in the instrumental too, plus there are great vocal harmonies at the end (even if they are heavily autotuned) and ‘Give Me Up’ has Asian-tinted drums to open and a monasterial gang-vocal breakdown at the end – it’s very confessional in tone.

The only track which feels slightly out of place is ‘Party Monster’. It makes almost tongue-in-cheek jibes at vacuous pop songs however it feels like it might be trying to be serious too – it just doesn’t quite land.

The album is brought to a close by ‘Not Coming Home’ – 90s/00s-style Prodigy-esque Dance opening and drum beat that ends in chaos, leaving the listener wanting more.

Super Human is a good album and certainly isn’t lacking in musical diversity throughout. Siamese have managed to successfully amalgamate different genres to create a really cohesive body of work, mostly self-produced, allowing them freedom to create what they want. However, there are moments when the integrity behind the lyrics is not always sincerely delivered, focusing more on the style than the substance. Plus, one or two of the songs sound fairly similar – overall though, it’s a pretty solid record. The artwork is unusually well-matched to the album too, with several of the songs having an underlying religious or spiritual undertone to them, even if, in parts, it’s just in the musical composition rather than the lyrical content.

This album is surely going to further cement the band’s place within the genre though and demonstrates that they are seriously players on the scene. Personally, the genre-bending brings something interesting to the table, meaning they stand out from the rest, and it’s intriguing to see where they take their style next!

Rating


‘Super Human’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/super-human/1455133470


Super Human on Spotify

B.A.N.A.N.A.S (Official Video)

Super Human featuring Olivio (Official Video)

Animals (Official Video)

Ocean Bed (Official Lyric Video)


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review! What do you think of this band’s latest album? Is Super Human going to be your soundtrack to 2019? What would you rate it out of 5? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or via our social media.


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#WildCardWednesday: Siamese – ‘B.A.N.A.N.A.S’

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Siamese are an award-winning, Danish, Pop-Metal band and following their previous album, Shameless, gained more than 8 million streams, catapulting them to recognition outside of Denmark, and enabling them to play sold out shows in Japan, UK and Germany.

Singer, Mirza Radonjica-Bang, said, “B.A.N.A.N.A.S, the album opener was actually written for the Shameless album. At least the starting riff was. But ultimately we were never satisfied with anything but the riff. We left it alone for two years before absolutely nailing it. One of my favourite tracks on the album for sure.”

This track showcases just how epic this band are – huge synth use, grungy guitars and metal drum patterns, all topped off with the wonderful sample of Gwen Stefani‘s ‘Hollaback Girl’ make this truly stand out! It’s a real genre-bending song that will appeal to people of all tastes from pop to metal.

Their next release, Super Human (out Friday 24th May), continues to showcase their trademark big choruses and well-written instrumental compositions; what’s more, it’s all self-produced!

Watch out for this band as they continue to go from strength to strength!

What are your thoughts of this singer-songwriter? Got a #WildCard Wednesday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘B.A.N.A.N.A.S’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/ru/album/b-a-n-a-n-a-s/1455133470?i=1455133474&l=en


#FeelGoodFriday: MØ – Kamikaze


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I am besotted with this song! I simply can’t get enough of it!

The opening instrumentation of this track just hooked me in instantly! Having recently collaborated with Major Lazer & DJ Snake on the track, Lean On, has just released a new solo single, ‘Kamikaze’.

MØ is a Danish singer who has been compared to the likes of Grimes, with her high-pitched, off-kilter vocals and unique sense of style. He name actually comes from the initials of her Middle and Surname, but in Danish, also mean ‘maiden’ or ‘virgin’.

This song was produced by Diplo and that’s not hard to tell, since he is a member of Major Lazer and they recently collaborated. The music video is also the perfect accompaniment, with it’s almost post-apocalyptic look and feel and it has been likened to M.I.A.’s video for her single, ‘Bad Girls’.

Does this song give you that #FeelGoodFriday feel? If not, please share your choice in a comment below or on our social medias. Have a good weekend guys; see you Monday!

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‘Kamikaze’ is up for download on iTunes, right now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/kamikaze-single/id1042686273


#FeelGoodFriday: Christopher – ‘Tulips’


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Christopher is a Danish singer from Copenhagen.

I know little about him, as he’s relatively new to me, and I discovered this tune simply by looking for another song on Spotify, but this song is a true pop gem and I honestly believe will have him exploding onto the charts in no time!

The guy is now signed to a major label after he uploaded a cover of ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ by Robyn, to a great reception.

I want to hear more from this guy and hope his success in Denmark transpires over here – with a superb falsetto range and distinguishable vocal, it will be well deserved.

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‘Tulips’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/tulips/id1023113471?i=1023113472


#FeelGoodFriday: Alphabeat – ‘Fascination’

Sure, this song is nearly a decade old and would be well-suited to a #ThrowbackThursday but it couldn’t be more appropriate for this #FeelGoodFriday!

Danish bubblegum pop band, Alphabeat released their first commercially successful single, ‘Fascination’, back in June 2008 to rather big success. The song reached Number 6 in the UK charts, and it epitomises everything pop; it’s got male and female vocals, big drums, funky guitars and a bit of an 80s and 90s pop edge to it.

Blare this song out loud and sing to your heart’s content…HAPPY FRIDAY everyone!

Are you still loving this song? What memories do you have when it was released? Have you got any similar songs to share? Please leave them in a comment below or on our Facebook and Twitter.

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Taken from the album, ‘This Is Alphabeat’, you can download ‘Fascination’ from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/this-is-alphabeat/id693568832