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Perils Of The Deep Blue Sea
Released: 2013, Nuclear Blast
It doesn’t really seem like a decade ago that Morton left Tristania but here we are in 2013 with a brand new Sirenia album. Morten’s ‘new’ project has been slightly more prolific with six albums since the split compared to only four from Einar, Anders and co. in Tristania. However that is all ancient history and Sirenia has long forged a unique and singular identity in the gothic, female-fronted symphonic Metal genre. After what some considered a weaker album with THE ENIGMA OF LIFE in 2011, the band has come ripping back with the new album PERILS OF THE DEEP BLUE SEA.
The team of Veland and Ailyn has really gelled and PERILS OF THE DEEP BLUE SEA is another fine example of what they do best. Starting with an atmospheric introduction the band come roaring out of the gate with the heavy first single’ Seven Widows Weep’ which runs an ambitious seven minutes long. It is a great song but at seven minutes it basically eliminates itself from any radio-play so it was an odd choice for a single, but a great choice at the same time because it showcases all the strengths of the band in one fine song. Elsewhere the band tackle another epic cut the 12 minute long, ‘Stille Kom Doden’. In fact PERILS OF THE DEEP BLUE SEA is the bands longest album by far the 13 cuts running 76 minutes. The album is beautiful to look at including the mermaid on the front and the package is very nicely appointed and laid-out.
The band shows their cosmopolitan and international flair with songs in Spanish, English and Norweigan. Ailyn can deliver the songs in any language with ease. Her soprano voice is beautiful with range and power and she provides a great counter-point to the harsh vocals to Veland as is so often the case with these ‘Beauty and the Beast’ type bands. The symphonic elements are in the forefront as each song has orchestration adding multiple layers of depth and sophistication to the composition. The band never leaves behind the ‘heavy’ as this is undoubtedly Metal with lots of guitar and drums to anchor all the extra sonic components. Veland experiments with flute and mandolin and other instruments but never to the detriment of the song. Sirenia are easily in the top 10 bands in this style (and believe there are hundreds) and PERILS OF THE DEEP BLUE SEA will come to stand as one of the highlights in a growing and respected catalogue.
1. Ducere Me in Lucem
2. Seven Widows Weep
3. My Destiny Coming to Pass
4. Ditt Endelikt
5. Cold Caress
8. Stille Kom Døden
9. The Funeral March
10. Profound Scars
11. A Blizzard Is Storming
13. Blue Colleen
Morten Veland Vocals, everything else.
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