SIBIIR - SIBIIR
Releasedate: December 9, 2016
ABOUT THE BAND:
Oslo-based SIBIIR saw first light in 2014, and have been polishing their own special brand of blackened hardcore ever since. Their debut 7” from 2015 gathered superb feedback and manifested from day one the signature of SIBIIR.
Taking their name from Siberia in Russia, which has the coldest populated town on earth, definitely suits their style. Cold and technical metal with hints of hardcore, thrash, black gaze metal, and a tasteful, fearless joy of pushing genre boundaries.
Their debut album Sibiir was released in December 2016, through Oslo-based cred-label Fysisk Format, making many of the year's top lists, and was hailed by Terrorizer as "a savage". From Bekmörke’s second wave of black metal and hardcore fusion, via the relentless tempo of Beat Them To Death, to the catchiness of These Rats We Deny and White Noise, SIBIIR’s full length debut reeks of creativity and headbangable riffs.
Their S/T debut’s sonic output is so heavy and full of energy that one will crave seeing them live before the opening track Bekmörke is even finished, and their critically acclaimed live shows both at clubs and festivals like Roskilde and Öya surely have given them quite a reputation so far - even earning them two tours in Europe with Kvelertak, and shows with Enslaved.
Vocals / Jimmy Nymoen
Guitars / Tobias Gausemel Backe
Guitars / Steffen Grønneberg
Bass / Kent Nordli
Drums / Eivind Kjølstad
Norway: Polar Artist
Vibeke Hay Wold
Europe: Seaside Touring
Metal Hammer (UK) 7/10 : It's an explosive, eclectic and often exciting listen [...] a strong opening statement from a band with plenty to say.
Metal Hammer (NO) 9/10 : What a debut! [...] This album is the very manifestation of the quality of the Norwegian underground.
Terrorizer Magazine (UK) : ...a savage 10-track effort that sees the group merging the aggresion and fury of hardcore with a dash of black metal vitriol.
New Noise Magazine (US) 3.5/5 : ...the group know how to craft blackened metalcore of the highest order ...
OxFanzine (DE) 8/10 : something something german
Rock Tribune Magazine (BE) 7.5/10 : A genre crossing sledgehammer from a new and creative band with heaps of potensial which will appear more than once on your radar in the future.
Noizze (UK) : This impressive, surprising album is a strong contender for for a late entry on this reviewer's end of year list.
ninehertz (UK) : ...this is an excellent release, one which should elevate them alongside their European peers within the darker realms of hardcore.
The Revival Music (UK) : This record is seriously good [...] it's f*****g wonderful. It really is.
Punktastic (UK) : There are plenty of bands out there peddling 'blackened' variations of each of these sub-genres, but I struggle to recall any who have married all of them together so convincingly as SIBIIR.
Echoes and Dust (UK): ...an absolute cracker.
Lords of Metal (NL) 85/100 : Holy f**king shit, this band is cool!
Evig Lyttar (NO) 4.5/5 : SIBIIR sets a new standard for dark and brutal hardcore with their debut album.
The Metal Gods Meltdown (UK) 9/10 : These Norwegians have something special here ...
Musikknyheter (NO) 8/10 : SIBIIR is Kvelertak with a heavy dose of testosterone and plenty of hair on their balls!
GAFFA (NO) 5/6 : It's not easy to be charming while singing you want to bash people's faces in with a baseball bat, but SIBIIR pulls it off.
iTromsö (NO) 5/6 : Cold as f**k! The Spiral and White Noise are two of the best songs I've heard this year.
UNpure (IT) 8.5/10 : An explosive debut [...] we recommend everyone a trip in this dark, cold and violent universe.
Pildoras Musicales (ES) 8/10 : something something spanish
Zephyr's Odem (DE) 8/10 : something something german
World of Metal (PT) 8/10 : something something portuguese
Les Eternels (FR) 16/20 : something something french
The Independent Voice (UK) 4.5/5 : ...what an album, I love it on all levels!
Battle Helm Magazine (US) 4/5 : ...this stunning debut may stand apart from the commoner styles associated with Norway, but more importantly it sets a new standard. Ignore at your peril.
Rock n Reel Reviews (UK) 4/5 : It's good, there's no point in denying that ...
Cadaver Garden : This is violent, head caving music, and man what a great debut this record is.
Gra Muzyka (PL) : Best to listen to the whole album, from start to finish. Repeatedly.
Albacore (FR) : ...a solid masterpiece every fan of extreme music as a whole should possess.
END OF YEAR LISTS FEATURING SIBIIR:
HISS!G (NO) : Best Norwegian Albums 2016 + Best Live 2016
Øya Festival (NO) : Best Norwegian Albums 2016
Evig Lyttar (NO) : Best Norwegian Albums 2016
P3Tete (NO) : Best Norwegian Albums 2016
Deichman (NO) : The best of 2016
The Revival Music (UK) : Top 10 Albums of 2016
Noizze (UK) : Top 10 Albums of 2016
ninehertz (UK) : Albums of the Year 2016
Caliban Sessions Nov 25 2017: 5/6 Norway Rock Magazine
Garage @ Bergen Oct 13 2017: 9/10 Metal Hammer
Vill Vill Vest Sep 29 2017: "Wow" STOFF
Øya Aug 9 2017: "fucking great" Musikkavdelingen
by:Larm (Pokalen) @ Oslo Mar 2 2017: 10/10 Musikknyheter.no
by:Larm (Pokalen) @ Oslo Mar 2 2017: 4.5/5 Evig Lyttar
by:Larm (Pokalen) @ Oslo Mar 2 2017: 95/100 HISS!G
by:Larm (Pokalen) @ Oslo Mar 2 2017: "perfect" Rubato.no
Bastard Bar @ Tromsö Nov 12 2016: 5/5 Evig Lyttar
Øya Aug 11 2016: "Thursday's highlight!" Musikkavdelingen
Øya Aug 11 2016: 8/10 MetalHammer.no
Trondheim Calling Feb 6 2016: "f*****g great" Dusken.no
Trondheim Calling Feb 6 2016: 5/6 Adressa.no
ABOUT THE ALBUM:
Released by: Fysisk Format under exclusive licence from SIBIIR
Recorded at Caliban Studios in Oslo, Norway between May 30th and June 5th 2016. Produced by SIBIIR & Andreas R. Westhagen. Engineered and mixed by Andreas R. Westhagen. Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. Cover by Ole Nymoen. Painting "Witches' Sabbath" by Francisco Goya. Logo by Vertebrae33.
All music written and performed by SIBIIR. All words by Jimmy. Accordion on Apathetic and Guillotines by Tobias. Additional vocals on White Noise by Andreas. Additional vocals on Beat Them to Death, Bekmörke, Guillotines and White Noise by Tobias. Gang vocals on Beat Them to Death, Bekmörke and I.C.Y.C.S.D. by Andreas, Eivind, Kent, Steffen and Tobias. Piano on Guillotines and White Noise by Tobias.
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SWALLOW & TRAP THEM! 7" (Sep 2015)
The RingMaster Review : Nothing short of violently majestic.
Idioteq : A remarkable soundscape of dark melodies ...
Maximum Volume Music 9/10
Soundscape Magazine 8/10
Toxic Online 8/10
Metal Imperium 7.5/10
Aux Portes Du Metal 15/20
Salad Days Mag 7/10