Archive for Sirenia

Sirenia–The Seventh Life Path

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 22nd April 2015 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Sirenia
The Seventh Life Path
Released 8th May 2015
Symphonic/Gothic Metal
Released via Napalm Records

Norway is the perfect setting for the dusk-coloured symphonies written by Sirenia. Following on from jump to Napalm Records, the band announced the release of The Seventh Life Path, the follow-up to their previous album which was released via Nuclear Blast.

The Seventh Life Path begins slow with the track Seti, painting a crepuscular image in the mind of the listener with a tragic choir and a solemn orchestration. Serpent has a chilling introduction with what sounds to be the twisted speech of children before waves of guitars and symphonic sounds come crashing down with Ailyn’s haunting voice sailing atop them. Morten’s harsher demonstration of vocals adds the final piece to the twilit essence of the song. Once My Light sees an interesting use of synths in work, melding with the howls of Morten’s and Jan’s guitars. The song has it calmer passages that allow for smooth sailing between the raging flurries of guitars and drums.

The guitars on Elixir sound dignified and imposing, giving the track a far more august atmosphere. The use of clean vocals as well as choirs and the occasional bestial snarls deliver a fresh course of unrelenting misty notes. Sons of the North stands out prominently, like a peacock in shades of Gothic colours seeking a new mate. The first verse, growled by Morten, describe a cold, unforgiving setting which is perfect for the song. The symphonies that are placed ever so masterfully in this track are sharp, and biting, as if they were shards of ice falling from the darkening skies during a wintry storm.

Earendel explodes with fierce lashes from the guitars and powerful, lyrical orchestral notes. Ailyn’s and Morten’s vocals are virtually poetic throughout this track, displaying why they make such dynamic partners on the microphone. Consealed Disdain frequents the use of technical compositions that chart the way for the rest of the track, especially the venom-laced screams and the calculated riffs. Insania – which fortunately isn’t a cover of that awful Peter Andre song – isn’t as heavy as other tracks on the album but it still bludgeons the listener with raging guitars that would put even the Hulk to shame and intricate orchestration. Contemptuous Quitus is a melodic track, summoning forth a tactful placement of notes and harmonies, to create a shroud of thick darkness that only Sirenia can pull off. The piano medleys blend in an awe-inspiring manner between the other instruments, sealing the track together into one magnificent musical portrait.

The Silver Eye sails the album towards its end with an introductory of a cluster of everything, ranging from the vicious execution of the guitars to the dual vocals. After that storm, the song eases into smoother sailing, allowing each element its chance to be heard. Sirenia make port with the final track of the album, Tragedienne, a song that weeps with heartbreaking sounds as the chilling vocals of Ailyn are heard within. The piano medley that floats throughout the track offers up a bleak sense of emotion as each note gently steps away.

Sirenia have been on the scene for a number of years now and The Seventh Life Path is possibly one of the greatest albums to be have been recorded within symphonic metal. It offers up a range of elements from the gothic to the mysterious as well as a number of Cimmerian emotions. The musicianship is flawless and the vocals are mesmerising. Forget this being the album of the year, this deserves to be album of the decade.

5/5

Nico Solheim-Davidson

Sirenia online:

http://sirenia.no

Former Tristania vocalist returns to the scene

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 8th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Former Tristania vocalist Vibeke Stene posted hours ago on her official Facebook page that she is returning, mentioning that an album is on the way and that she’s collaborating with renowned Norwegian drummer Asgeir Mickelson in his extreme metal act Gods of Atheists, which already boasts the likes of ex-live Satyricon bassist Lars K. Norberg and Norwegian neo-classical guitarist Carl A. Tidemann. Further details and updates about Gods of Atheists can be found at this location.

Vikene Stene online:

https://www.facebook.com/vibekesteneofficial

 

Sirenia – Perils of the Deep Blue

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , on 6th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Sirenia
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.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Sirenia online:

http://sirenia.no
http://facebook.com/sirenia

 

Sirenia release video for Seven Widows Weep

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 6th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Norway’s Sirenia, fronted by former Spanish X Factor contestant Ailyn, are set to release their new album, Perils of the Deep Blue on 28th June. Sirenia recently shot the video for the album’s second track Seven Widows Weep. The video can be viewed below. The band’s founding member and guitarist Morten Veland commented:

In April we went to Serbia to shoot a video clip for the song Seven Widows Weep. We’ve been working with the Icode team again, this is the guys that also did the video clips for our first two videos; My Mind’s Eye and The Other Side. We had a great time in Serbia, and the recording sessions turned out great. Now the post production is finished as well and we are very excited to share the video with our fans. We think that the guys at Icode did a great job and made a video that serves the song perfectly. The band is very pleased with the video, and we hope that you will enjoy it as well. Cheers!

Sirenia online:

http://sirenia.no
http://facebook.com/sirenia

Sirenia release second trailer for upcoming album; Perils of the Deep Blue

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 21st May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Norwegian Gothic-Symphonic metallers Sirenia have released the second trailer for their upcoming album, Perils of the Deep Blue. The trailer can be viewed below.

The tracklist of the ltd. digipak edition – including two bonus tracks – reads as follows:

01. Ducere Me In Lucem
02. Seven Widows Weep
03. My Destiny Coming To Pass
04. Ditt Endelikt
05. Cold Caress
06. Darkling
07. Decadence
08. Stille Kom Døden
09. The Funeral March
10. Profound Scars
11. A Blizzard Is Storming

Bonus:
12. Chains
13. Blue Colleen

The new album Perils of the Deep Blue will be released 28th June (Europe), 1st July (UK) and 9th July (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. Perils of the Deep Blue is the follow up to the band’s 2011 release The Enigma of Life. The album artwork can be viewed below.

Sirenia online:

http://www.sirenia.no
http://www.facebook.com/sirenia
http://www.twitter.com/sireniaofficial
http://www.youtube.com/user/SireniaOfficial
http://www.myspace.com/sirenia

Sirenia release first trailer for Perils of the Deep Blue

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 20th May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The upcoming new Sirenia record is titled Perils Of The Deep Blue and will be out on June 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band completed the first trailer with impressions from the studio and some cool information. Watch the trailer below:

The tracklist of the ltd. digipak edition – including two bonus tracks – reads as follows:
01. Ducere Me In Lucem
02. Seven Widows Weep
03. My Destiny Coming To Pass
04. Ditt Endelikt
05. Cold Caress
06. Darkling
07. Decadence
08. Stille Kom Døden
09. The Funeral March
10. Profound Scars
11. A Blizzard Is Storming

Bonus:
12. Chains
13. Blue Colleen

Regarding his thoughts on the new album, vocalist and guitarist Morten Veland comments:

The entire band and all the people we are working with are absolutely ecstatic about it! This album takes Sirenia to the next level and brings many new sides of us to the table. There’s typical tried and tested Sirenia stuff but also approaches that you’ve never heard from us before. I think I’ve never felt so good about an album throughout my entire career. I mean, I love them all, but this one is something special. It’s the result of two and a half years of blood, sweat and tears. I’ve literally put my heart and soul into this record, so I am very curious to see what our fans as well as the press will think about it!

Perils Of The Deep Blue was produced by the mastermind himself, while the mixing and mastering was done by Endre Kirkesolain Dub Studios, Oslo. Veland also states:

The writing process has been going on for about two years. I always have ideas for new stuff, so I started writing even before we had released our previous album The Enigma Of Life. Most of it has been recorded in my own studio. I love to work there as I always feel inspired – plus we can take our time with whatever we do, for there is no time pressure. Just like for all of our previous albums, we also dropped by Sound Suite Studios in France – a great place that feels like home, too. This time we recorded the Marseille choir there that one can always hear on our records, as well as some of my acoustic guitar parts.

The album artwork was originally painted by Anne Stokes – though it wasn’t intentionally created to be used as such, as Morten explains:

I came across the artwork on the Internet and immediately fell in love with it for obvious reasons – it’s no secret that I’ve always been fascinated by Greek mythology and sirens. So we got in touch with Anne and luckily she granted us the permits to use it for the record. I actually drew the inspiration for the album title Perils Of The Deep Blue from the artwork. In my opinion, it’s the perfect Sirenia cover – there was no way we could have let that opportunity slip away!

Sirenia online:

http://sirenia.no
http://facebook.com/sirenia
http://nuclearblast.de/sirenia
http://www.twitter.com/sireniaofficial
http://www.lastfm.de/music/sirenia
http://www.myspace.com/sirenia

Norwegian metallers Sirenia reveal album title, artwork and track listing

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th April 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Norway’s premier gothic metallers Sirenia have revealed that their sixth studio album is set for release via Nuclear Blast Records on 1st July, 2013. The album is called Perils Of The Deep Blue, and the track-list for the standard and ltd. digipak edition (including two bonus tracks) reads as follows:

01. Ducere Me In Lucem
02. Seven Widows Weep
03. My Destiny Coming To Pass
04. Ditt Endelikt
05. Cold Caress
06. Darkling
07. Decadence
08. Stille Kom Døden
09. The Funeral March
10. Profound Scars
11. A Blizzard Is Storming

Bonus:
12. Chains
13. Blue Colleen

Vocalist and guitarist Morten Veland comments:

The entire band and all the people we are working with are absolutely ecstatic about it! This album takes Sirenia to the next level and brings many new sides of us to the table. There’s typical tried and tested Sirenia stuff but also approaches that you’ve never heard from us before. I think I’ve never felt so good about an album throughout my entire career. I mean, I love them all, but this one is something special. It’s the result of two and a half years of blood, sweat and tears. I’ve literally put my heart and soul into this record, so I am very curious to see what our fans as well as the press will think about it!

Perils Of The Deep Blue was produced by Veland himself, while the mixing and mastering was done by Endre Kirkesola in Dub Studios, Oslo. Veland stated:

The writing process has been going on for about two years. I always have ideas for new stuff, so I started writing even before we had released our previous album The Enigma Of Life. Most of it has been recorded in my own studio. I love to work there as I always feel inspired – plus we can take our time with whatever we do, for there is no time pressure. Just like for all of our previous albums, we also dropped by Sound Suite Studios in France – a great place that feels like home, too. This time we recorded the Marseille choir there that one can always hear on our records, as well as some of my acoustic guitar parts.

The album artwork was originally painted by Anne Stokes – though it wasn’t intentionally created to be used for this role, as Morten explains:

I came across the artwork on the Internet and immediately fell in love with it for obvious reasons – it’s no secret that I’ve always been fascinated by Greek mythology and sirens. So we got in touch with Anne and luckily she granted us the permits to use it for the record. I actually drew the inspiration for the album title ‘Perils Of The Deep Blue’ from the artwork. In my opinion, it’s the perfect Sirenia cover – there was no way we could have let that opportunity slip away!