Sirenia – Perils of the Deep Blue

Perils of the Deep Blue
Released 28th June
Symphonic Gothic Metal
Released via Nuclear Blast

The introduction of Spanish X Factor contestant Ailyn to Sirenia a few years back no doubt signalled change in the band’s sound but it certainly hasn’t hurt the band’s progress so far. Perils of the Deep Blue is the band’s sixth studio album but the third to feature Ailyn, making her the first vocalist to record three full-length studio albums with Sirenia.  

Ducere Me In Lucem opens the album with a gentle breeze of light and enchanting keyboards, before being accompanied by the siren-like call of vocals. The track evolves, nearing its twilight, into a majestic gothic symphony of choirs whilst the sound of piano keys sail on. The album morphs into a raging sea of powerful symphonic passages, crushing waves of guitars and hypnotic whirlpools of keyboards, as is evident on the album’s second track; the darkly titled Seven Widows Weep. Morten’s vocals cascade exhilaratingly throughout the album, bringing a torrent of aggression that contrasts sharply against Ailyn’s softer, gentler and sometimes, haunting vocals.

Ditt Endelikt (which loosely translated from Norwegian is Your Demise) harbours a calmer sound, featuring clean vocals provided by Joakim Næss. The guitars are gentler, allowing the keyboards to navigate their own sound throughout the song. Disappointingly, the siren’s call that is Ailyn’s voice makes a small appearance towards the end. Sirenia bring forth a maelstrom in the form of Cold Caress, conjuring up a fierce and destructive storm of guitars with a gust of dark and melodic keyboard sections.

Decadence takes on a more synth-orientated, showing a different shade of Sirenia’s already Cimmerian sound. The longest track of the album is Stille Kom Døden, which loosely translated means “Quiet Come Death”, a rather apt name for the tragically solemn sound that flows throughout the song.

From the raging storms of tracks like Seven Widows Weep and Profound Scars to the moments of light sailing like Ditt Endelikt, as well as other songs such as The Funeral March, Sirenia have created a oceanic artwork that is true to their considerably gothic sound. Each track varies from the last one, but all weave together, making this Sirenia’s best album to date so far.


Nico Davidson

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