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The Seventh Life Path
Released: 2015, Napalm Records
As I was preparing to review the new Sirenia album, I realized that no one on staff had reviewed the previous Sirenia album, so I wrote a review of each. Feel free to enjoy both!
I really love that album cover, one of the best of the year 2015 in my estimation. Sirenia has chosen THE SEVENTH LIFE PATH for the name of their seventh album of course. By now it is evident that Morten Veland is obsessed with the number seven because across the lifespan of Sirenia, he has written no less than eight songs or album titles with the word ‘seven’ in them! What else did we expect him to call his seventh album?
Sirenia is now on Napalm Records which is a perfectly good fit for a band of this style and caliber, maybe even a bit better stylistically compatible than their previous home, Nuclear Blast. Musically, not much has changed, Morten and Ailyn are still the dynamic duo with the clean and harsh vocal trade off working so well in their favour. Veland still loves his production quirks and quarks with many, many little interesting sonic flourishes scattered through out the songs. THE SEVENTH LIFE PATH follows the same path of the previous album PERILS with little stylistically or sonically. That is a good thing. If it works, don’t mess with success! Ailyn still sings her heart out, her stellar performance occasionally backed or complimented by the harsher male vocals. The pace is mostly mid-tempo to fast with cuts such as ‘The Silver Eye’ really picking up the pace in parts. Keyboards and guitar dance around in a nice interplay while the omnipresent orchestral and symphonic sections (horns, strings etc) swirling through the mix. These are not causal, easy-listening songs by any means.
I don’t see any dramatic change in style from the previous few albums, it is still as bombastic and overwhelming as ever, and I mean that in the most possible manner. The album ends on a slower note with a lush and sweeping, but beautiful ballad called, Tragedienne’. Veland is so creative and so prolific, he seems to pull these grand melodies out of thin air and cram them into songs that are layered and dense and certainly not simple enough nor specifically designed to be sung along with. It is more of a powerful, perhaps passive listening experience.
As the bands catalogue continues to grow, more and more people will chose favourites and it gets harder to choose with the preponderance of high-quality material on every song on THE SEVENTH LIFE PATH.
3. Once My Light
5. Sons of the North
7. Concealed Disdain
9. Contemptuous Quietus
10. The Silver Eye
12. Tragica (Tragedienne Spanish Version)
Morton Veland Vocals (harsh, clean), Guitars, Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Jan Erik Soltvedt Guitar
Jonathan A. Perez Drums