Sigelpa is a band from Terrassa in the Barcelona region of Catalonia that mixes up punk, hardcore and good old fashioned Irish folk music. Everything about the band is pretty amazing right down to their extremely clever name. Its a acronym of the initials of the seven deadly sins in Catalonian. Superbia/ Pride, Ira/ Wrath, Gula/ Gluttony, Enveja/ Envy, Luxuria/ Lust, Peresa/ Sloth and Avaricia/ Greed.
A follow up to their 2011 demo ‘L’atac Dels Ultrapirates Pecadors’, the self produced ‘TerraMorta’ is their debut album and as ambitious a project has never, to my knowledge anyway, been tried within celtic-punk before. ‘TerraMorta’ is a concept album which means that the songs are connected and tell a story from beginning to end. The album comes up just short of a hour with 14 tracks and is packed to the gills with references to celtic folklore.
Rather unfortunatly I cannot comment anymore on what the actual concept is about as the lyrics are in Catalonian and being a product of the english education system means i can only speak english so here’s what the band have to say themselves
“It tells the story of a city called TerraMorta where people are subject to their god / ruler Saint Patrick. But 7 strangers arrive and push citizens to rebel against him.”
The excellent CelticFolkPunkAndMore blog published a much more detailed review than we ever could so head over there, here
, and find out a bit more.
So as interesting a story ever told in celtic-punk and we can’t understand it… so our review has to concentrate more on the music and luckily for us the music doesn’t disappoint either! All your typical rock instruments are boosted by excellent fiddle and accordion playing and with male and female duo vocals that give Sigelpa a totally unique feel. There are so few female vocalists in the scene, except for Brutus Daughter and Irish Moutarde i cannot think of any, but it makes for a refreshing change and besides I’m a big fan of duo vocals. The music itself veers all over the genres but with celtic at the base and it always returns to a fast and furious reel. Taking in elements of ska, metal, punk all the songs bar one are their own compositions and hats off to the band for attempting something so risky for their debut album. I can heartily recommend ‘TerraMorte’ to any celtic punk fan as the musicianship is breathtaking and even though its annoying not to be able to pick up on the fantastic tale within it I am more than happy to hear a band singing in their native language especially one which has many parallels with the celtic languages but is surviving much better. There’s enough here to keep you all satisfied but if anyone wants to write a detailed review of the actual story of ‘TerraMorte’ please do and send it to us. You can get the album, and previous Demo, for free or donation from Bandcamp below as a ‘name your own price’ download so take a risk an give it a chance.
Some of the tracks are quite lengthy, as is the way with concept albums, but nothing drags and in fact their longest song ‘La Passio Del Trist’, coming in at just under nine minutes, is the albums standout track for me and demonstrates Sigelpa’s genre stretching perfectly. Starting
off with a metal flavour it soon bounces into punk before the celtic kicks in. The vocals are perfect and the whole production is immaculate with all the musicians combining together seamlessly. Take a chance on Sigelpa you’ll not be found wanting at all!
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