SicociS – “Requiem Of The World” (M-Theory Audio)
SicociS are Las Vegas’ premiere metal band. The imprint of Marco Barbieri, former President of Century Media and Nuclear Blast Records, and manager for bands like Flotsam and Jetsam, Warbringer and Exmortus, they won the title of best local metal band from Vegas Rocks magazine and Battle of the Bands to share the stage with the likes of Dark Tranquillity, Kamelot, Devin Townsend, Kataklysm, Dragonforce, Unearth and many more. Formed in 2008, it’s easy to see why given the sheer talent of the musicianship here from 4 guys who don’t come across as veterans yet sure play like they are! Already releasing their debut in 2012, SicociS take in broad range of influences from the modern epic metal of the likes of Nevermore to the chopping Scandi riffs of Meshuggah and the symphonic bliss and melody of Kamelot. That’s certainly quite a range but for a local band they do a remarkable job here on the 11 full tracks making up “Requiem Of The World”. What I like best is how they dynamically mix the styles to produce an uber metal sound that hits home runs for its heaviness but also enthralls in the suaveness of its melodies and style! From ‘Isolated Salvation’ where Ernie’s full blooded yet soulful vocals perfectly complement Rafael’s raw, heavy guitars and Rob’s hammering drums through power trips and ambient interludes graced by orchestrals to ‘Warships Omertà‘, where symphonic keyboard bliss soon gives way to chopping riffola as Ernie switches to Johan Hegg roars while bassist Travis adds in a dual clean vocal – not to mention those brutal drums once more – it’s topped to perfection all over this exciting material! On the galloping ‘We Shall Rise’ they get even more ambitious, mixing US thrash mega riffs with the brutal melodies of the Gothenburg sound while brilliantly contrasting on ‘With Open Eyes’ where they slow it right down on this epic, but flowing symphonic piece where impassioned vocals mix with church bells and heart breaking dual guitars as they wail while still providing crunch along with Rob’s ever hard ass drums. As I said, for a local band they’re certainly making waves in wider circles and the odds are in favor for these guys to go the distance given the quality on show here.