Title: The Seventh Life PathLabel: Napalm Records
their incarnation by former Tristania mastermind Morten
Veland Sirenia in 2001, Sirenia have been a band with
numerous vocalists, but since 2008 when Spanish vocalist
Ailyn took up the vacant mike, the band have gone from
strength the strength, with the band solidly treading a
heavier path than on the first few albums.
new opus takes off where their 2013 album ‘Perils of the
Deep Blue’ left off, with Ailyn's vocals mixed with the
occasional growl from Veland. This is an album that is
hard to pigeonhole into one specific genre and for me, that
is a bonus.
of the diversity of the songs and moods on the album, this
is without a doubt the band's finest album to date.
The superb orchestrations and choral sections really make
the hairs on the back on your neck stand up, along with the
excellent musicianship of all involved.
album gets underway with the intro ‘Seti’, as the
fanfares and haunting orchestrations bring an air of sailing
down the Nile itself. The intro seamlessly marches
into the excellent opener proper ‘Serpent’, which is
where we get the first taste of Ailyn’s superb vocals,
with Veland bringing in that vocal beast to Ailyn’s
beauty. A monstrous assault on the senses to get
epic Metal continues with the seven and a half minute
majesty of ‘Once My Light’. Again the mix of
choral backing vocals and Ailyn’s magical vocals brings an
mystical air to proceedings and this mysticism is continued
with the excellent 'Elixir', where this time Veland delivers
a less harsh accompanying vocal and at times the contrast of
vocal styles really brings this song into life.
if I had to pick one track off the album that really shows
how Sirenia have evolved over their fourteen years then it
has to be the wonderful ‘Sons of the North’. A
real metal-heads delight. This is Sirenia at their
very best. This is eight and a half minutes of
pure Symphonic Metal at its most molten and powerful.
the glorious symphonia of 'Sons of the North', what comes
next is best described as Gothic Metal, but yet again a
splendid overture of soaring melodies mixed with the heavier
and darker elements. Like I said before, this is a
diverse album that unites genres in ways that shouldn’t
work, but they do!
It's back the traditional Symphonic sounds with the rampaging bittersweet crossover vocals of Veland and the clear cut Ailyn for ‘Concealed Disclaim’ and the faster tempoed ‘Insania’. Then it is time for Sirenia to show their heavier side once more with the film score metal stylings of ‘Contemptuous Quitus’ and the grandiose aggressive tones of ‘The Silver Eye’.
This leads the way to the final song of the album, which closes on a lighter note with the excellent ballad ‘Tragedienne’, and if you buy the special edition album you get a bonus version of this with Ailyn singing in her native Spanish. What ever version of the album you buy, you won't be disappointed as Sirenia take themselves to the next level and after catching the band at this years Dames of Darkness festival, they are definitely a band on the rise.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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