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Nine Destinies And A Downfall
July 2007
Released: 2007, Nuclear Blast/Sound Pollution
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

The former vocalist/guitar player/songwriter of Tristania, Morten Veiland, started Sirenia during 2001 and the debut release came the following year. Sirenia have gone through changes with the departure of lead singer Henriette Bordvik. Monica Pedersen from Denmark is the new singer and she is the perfect choice for a new singer. She has an amazing voice that brings the songs a step closer to perfection. She’s definitely a worthy replacement to Bordvik.

Sirenia plays still gothic metal with smaller classical influences with both growling lead vocals as well as with Pedersen’s beautiful voice. The music is sometimes really melancholic and the foundation rests profound on solid bass and drum play. Keyboards have a distinctive part of the soundpicture through all of the 9 tracks. I have listened to the album many times now and I can guarantee that it doesn’t get boring. It instead gets better each time I hear it and you also discover many hidden details in the music that only comes up when you have heard it a few times.

It is impossible to pick any favorite tracks on the album because every song is a minor masterpiece in itself and Sirenia might have done a classical album that is gonna be remembered many years from now. In fact there’s nothing bad to say about this amazing album at all, it’s my first meeting with this band and believe me it’s not the last one. If you’re a fan of Lacuna Coil, Nightwish or Evanescence this is definitely something to check out. This is well played goth metal.
Track Listing

The Last Call
My Minds Eye
One By One
Absent Without Leave
The Other Side
Seven Keys And Nine Doors
Glades Of Summer


Morten Veiland – guitar, growls, bass
Monica Pedersen – lead vocals
Jonathan Perez – drums

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