Jul 08

Sirenia – Perils Of The Deep Blue (2013)

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Sirenia has become an institution in symphonic gothic metal since its creation back in 2001, and during the last 12 years it had produced some of the greatest albums in this genre from At Sixes And Sevens to Nine Destinies And A Downfall. Sirenia returns this year with a new crown jewel on Perils Of The Deep Blue.

Now, this is the third album with vocalist Ailyn Gimenez who has been an active participant in forging the sound of Sirenia since she joined the band in 2008, and on Perils Of The Deep Blue we can see how much her vocal range has developed since then. Morten Veland and company decided to go all on classic symphonic gothic metal with songs like: Seven Widows Weep, My Destiny Coming To Pass, Cold Caress, and The Funeral March  that are the living proof that Sirenia is at the top of their game on this genre. The melodies, the arrangements, the musical pompousness, and the beautiful mixture of grunting vocals and female vocals (beauty & beast style) are just amazing.

The band also features a more steady line up with the addition of Jan Erik Soltvedt as a full-time bass player. Perils Of The Deep Blue marks a new era for Sirenia, as they decided to try new things like Ditt Endelikt which is a song with clean Norwegian vocals courtesy of guess singer Joakim Næss and some Spanish lyrics done by Ailyn, the song is indeed the Afrodisiac plate in this album. We can also listen to little surprises like Darkling a song on which Sirenia tries to flirt with progressive elements and complex melodies, and  Decadence which is a pure gothic metal song that has more electronic elements on the vocal effects, and uses synthesized melodies to create a really eclectic ambience.

Perils Of The Deep Blue is definitely a great improvement since The Enigma Of Life, it shows how the band had grown, and how Ailyn‘s voice had improved reaching a new landmark in the band’s career. Sirenia continues building up the legacy and sound that they have created since the beginning, that even though still tie up to the symphonic gothic metal realm it moves towards new waters and new territories. A must buy album if you love dark melodies and tender voices mixed up with ferocious guitar riffs and violent grunting vocals.

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Tracklist:

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

Genre: Symphonic Gothic Metal

Record Label: Nuclear Blast

Playing Time: 67 minutes

Line up:

Morten Veland – Guitars/Grunting Vocals
Ailyn – Vocals
Jonathan A. Perez – Drums
Jan Erik Soltvedt – Bass Guitar

Links:

http://www.mortenveland.com/sirenia/
https://www.facebook.com/sirenia
https://twitter.com/sireniaofficial

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