The Madeira plays surf music born of screaming wind over the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert, deafening echoes of waves pounding the Gibraltar Rock, joyous late-night gypsy dances in the small towns of Andalucia, and exotic cacophony of the Marrakesh town square. It is the surf music of the millennia-old Mediterranean mysteries.
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“ Again the band pushes the boundaries of the surf genre... and the result is a truly stunning album. This time out the Madeira seem more driven, like a band on a mission, and as a result "Ancient Winds" is their best effort yet. Simply put, this is top shelf by one of the best bands out there, and you gotta ask yourself, just how good can these guys get? Highly recommended!!! ”Slams Reviews
“ This is the band’s fourth CD release and probably their most ambitious and best-recorded to date. Everybody wants to tag this a “surf instrumental” record, but don't let that sway you from checking this out if you consider surf music long outdated and lacking of much contemporary verisimilitude. These four guys are consummate musicians who bring a great deal of heaviness to the party [and] truly raise the standard for non-traditional instrumental rock that’s being recorded and played live these days, surf or otherwise. ”John Blair, THEE surf music historian and lead guitarist of Jon & the Nightriders, pioneers of the surf music revival via an Amazon Review
“ If any album this year was burdened by enormous expectations, it certainly would be the most recent release by The Madeira, a surf music quartet at the top of its genre. Fortunately, the album meets those high expectations. "Ancient Winds" shows the richness that can be generated by this instrumental genre. After touring through the sandy deserts of the Sahara as well as the tribal jungles, this new sea journey is an example of how to tell stories without the need for words, but more importantly, without falling into clichés or blatant copy like so many groups that abound today. ”Musica Inclasificable
“ The Madeira take listeners on a journey around the Mediterranean and show that surf rock appeals to more than beach bums. With plenty of reverb in the guitars and dynamic contrasts by the drums, “Ancient Winds” is an excellent example of contemporary surf rock. ”Hillsdale Collegian
“ The Madeira’s four CDs are all highly recommended for their quality of style, playing and sound, but even then they hardly prepare you for this, aptly titled, Sonic Cataclysm... An explosively powerful blast of reverb guitar, lashing rhythms, pumping bass and furious drums... Surely the best live album of the modern surf age... These guys are on top of their game and they have the compositions to match... A stunning album. Highly recommended for fans of surf guitar and of a fiery '60s instrumental style. Even if you already have all of their CDs you still need this one. In fact, if you have them all then you most definitely need this one. ”Alan Taylor, Pipeline Instrumental Review
“ The Madeira go about their business like they're masters of the beach. The hour-plus recording features a lot of fan favorites, some new tracks and infectious energy throughout…tantalizing riffs... intoxicating exotic aura... luscious licks... Sonic Cataclysm is a showcase of the Madeira's total control of this underground genre... Incredible attention to detail and the urgency within their musicianship. One doesn't have to be an expert on the genre to really enjoy or get what the Madeira are doing. Even ocean-haters will fall under the spell of the six-minute "Intruder." The song dips and rises with ease, ripping off some incredible riffs that'll have listeners searching for the city's nearest surfboard shop. ”Drew Beringer, NUVO
“ They have been one of the most reliable bands for some time now and their show is laced with the great licks and chops that make all their studio sets so popular... even if you don't care for live albums, give this a go owing to the high calibre playing. Excellent set. ”Davy Peckett, New Gandy Dancer
“ A flood, a tidal wave and, yes, a cataclysm of sound. The only thing I can envision as being more enticing than this CD is to have been in attendance, too. Sonic Cataclysm unveils a treasure trove of sound. The Madeira are on stage, so you know the CD is going to be great. The audience agrees. From start to finish they never fail to show their appreciation. And, as the audience will attest, Sonic Cataclysm is filled with mega E-X-C-I-T-E-M-E-N-T. This CD has a ton of latent power just waiting to be released. It's bound to make one helluva sound when it hits the CD player. ”SurfRockMusic.com
“A 13-track masterpiece. It's filled with an all-encompassing atmosphere of awe and mystique that will mesmerize you from start to finish. A total must-have. There is no letup, absolutely no letup, in the quality of the tracks on this outstanding CD. Each song is a work of art.”Duke, SurfRockMusic.com
“Five stars! The Madeira just keep producing exceptionally fine instrumental music. I love this album!”Phil Dirt, reverbcentral.com
“The Madeira are on top of their game here. 'Tribal Fires' is an album that raises the bar for other surf bands. Recommended!”Johnny Slams, slamsreviews.blogspot.com
“The quality of surf music on this album is unreal. Everyone is playing at a level that hadn’t been reached before on prior releases, albums that are by no means of the imagination products of half-hearted work. The song arrangement is pretty smart, producing not a collection of songs but an overall experience that is lacking in a lot of modern ‘albums.’ Definitely one of the best albums of the year.”Strange Jason, Gravedigger's Local 16
“‘Tribal Fires’ is by far the best album in the genre that we've heard so far this year. An instrumental and conceptual trip into the dark jungle with ultra-intense passages, enigmatic atmospheres and absolutely captivating melodies.”Diego RJ, Spanish public radio show El Sótano (The Basement)
“The Madeira retain the melodic approach of '60s guitar instrumentals to which they apply the adrenaline-charged drive and sounds of surf music. [T]hey play as if surf and rock instrumentals still mattered as much as they did five decades ago. [An] outstanding release from the Madeira.”Alan Taylor, Pipeline Instrumental Review.
Tribal Fires is #1 on editor Alan Taylor's Top Ten list, Pipeline Instrumental Review #90, Winter 2012
“Wow. Just plain Wow! The Madeira continue to prove why they are one of the most influential and oft-referenced contemporary surf bands in the world. A palpable energy, explorations into musical exoticism, top-notch musicality, memorable songwriting, extensive variety -- Tribal Fires has it all and then some! There really aren't enough superlatives to explain how good this album is.”Jonpaul Balak, Tiki Magazine