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An Elixir For Existence

Sirenia Audio CD
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Line up:
Ailyn | vocals
Morten Veland | harsh vocals, guitar, bass, keys
Michael Krumins | guitar
Jonatha A. Peret | drums, percussion

SIRENIA came together in early 2001, when Morten parted ways with his former band TRISTANIA, due to musical disagreements and personal differences. He was however at this point full of ideas and more than ready to set them free. He invested a ... Read more in Amazon's Sirenia Store

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  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • ASIN: B0001DD95E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,886 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lithium And A Lover
2. Voices Within
3. A Mental Symphony
4. Euphoira
5. In My Darkest Hour
6. Save Me From Myself
7. The Fall Within
8. Star-Crossed
9. Seven Sirens And A Silver Tear

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy well produced gothic metal 21 Feb 2005
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This is a strong and richly textured album mixing heavy metal guitars, swirling keyboards, violins and choral arrangements.
In tone it is decidedly gothic metal and sounds like a cross between Cradle of Filth and Fields of the Nephilim with the pleasant addition of some female vocals.
'Lithium and a Lover' opens the album in good style and is pretty representative of the the album as a whole, featuring both heavy guitar oriented sections and lighter female vocal led passages.
There are also a couple gentler tracks;the instrumental 'Seven Sirens...' and 'Save Me from myself', which is reminiscent of the ethereal techno-goth style of a band like Collide, but the violins give it a more dynamic 'real music' feel than a midi alone could achieve.
It's not easy listening/background music but if you are prepared to listen to it, the combination of complex structures and the counterpoint of heavy and light is a real treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid sounding album that grows on you 29 July 2011
By Sp Cole
Format:Audio CD
Having "Discovered" symphonic metal by a chance catching of a "Nightwish" track on MTV a few years ago, I got pretty hooked into the metal stuff. Having played most of Nightwish's albums to death and feeling they've lost their way a bit with the new lead singer, I've been looking around for some similar stuff. First attracted to one of their later albums with Aileen doing vocals, (The 13th floor), I was impressed enough to obtain Sirenia's earlier stuff. Elixir for Existence is the best one of the bunch so far although I'm still waiting delivery for "At sixes and sevens".
As the other reviews state, it's Gothic metal with some reminiscence of Sisters of Mercy on occasions. I've been listening to the album while out hillwalking and going to the gym. It's got some heavy tracks with the growling stuff taking a bit of getting used-to, but the contrasting delicate and sometimes haunting female vocals work well together. The guitaring is excellent and there's some really good riffs that hook you right in. A couple of ballady tracks as per the norm but on the whole a good punchy album that shouldn't disappoint the metal types provided its given a chance to grow on you. Definately not background music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as I'd hoped 5 Sep 2008
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After their excellent debut "At Sixes and Sevens", I brought the entire back catalogue of Sirenia's albums. This is their sophomore effort.

The music is fairly gothic in tone and includes both male (growling / clean) and female (angelic / ethereal) vocals.

The first thing to notice is that the male vocals are very much in the same style as before. They are quite growling but not unpleasant and they do suit the driving music very well. The female vocals on this album are provided by a different singer to the last one although it is quite difficult to tell them apart for most of the duration. I prefer the female vocals on the first album but they are still very good here and it is pretty marginal overall.

As can be gleaned, the performances are all top notch. The only disappointment is that the tracks don't quite grab me like they do when I listen to the first album. I can't quite put my finger on why this is the case although it may be that the album sounds very similar to the first in style and tone and of course, this slight lack of originality lessens the impact.

In summary, this is by no means a bad album. Indeed, if it had been produced by a different artist, I would probably be raving about it. However, because their debut was so good, they would have had to produce a stellar recording for me to get the same reaction and this doesn't quite reach the heights I'd hoped. Having said that, there are still tracks that I can call my favourites and these are "Voices Within", "A Mental Symphony" and the haunting "Save Me From Myself".
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ....Mmm...Good, but not that good. 13 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Having been knocked over by their first album, 'At sixes and sevens' ,perhaps my expectations for the second album were too high. Do not get me wrong, this album has some very nice tracks on it but unfortunately for me, they didn't live up to my expectations. If you haven't already heard Sirenia, buy the first album, its much better, if you have already bought the first album, and liked it, still buy the second album.
The music on this album is a little more down tempo than the first and there is a bit more male growling going on in some of the tracks, however there are some beautifully written tracks that are not to be over looked, with the usual haunting female vocals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morten Veland is back! 25 Jun 2004
By mysanthropyk_overlord - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sirenia's debut "At Sixes and Sevens" was a great album, but for all its high points, it failed to explore anything near its full potential. First of all, almost every song was built off of the same riff, the same synth sequence, and the same vocal structure, so it tended to feel like one very long song. But seeing as he was kicked out of his old band Tristania only a year and a half before the album's release, I can imagine that he was more eager to just get something out and prove he was still around. But with "An Elixir for Existence," he's back to kick the dust off of his shoes and show his former bandmates that they can stab him in the back all they want, but it'll be little more than a slap in the face for him.
One downside is the new female vocalist, Henriette Bordvik. She's certainly not bad, but her vocals seem to be a little empty, unlike the previous singer Fabienne, who had a more ethereal and emotional, seductive "Sirenian" voice. Also, J.K. Barkved is absent and the clean male vocals are left entirely to Kristian Gundersen, who has more of an 80's rocker voice than a metal one. He only appears in three songs, and sounds like he has a cold. Veland doesn't dominate many songs vocally; it's usually an even split between him, Henriette, and the choir, which now boasts a third female voice. The only other musician on this album is Anne Verdot, the violinist, as Morten plays or programs everything else. And he's good. The instrumental closer proves that he's not only a killer vocalist and guitarist, but he can handle the keyboards with just as much (and I almost dare say more) skill as his former colleague Einar Moen. Standout songs? In my opinion, all but "The Fall Within," which sounds like a leftover from ASAS, deserve 5+/5 stars. So, if you like old Tristania and you liked Sirenia's previous effort, you will love this Elixir for the mindless mediocrity that plagues the music industry as of late.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What A Rush! 28 Dec 2004
By Matthew Z. Coombs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sirenia's debut album At Sixes And Sevens basically left no room for improvement. To Sirenia's credit they have made a few minor changes but kept the quality extremely high for this, thier second release. What you have hear is extremely rich Gothic metal with a mix of growl, clean, female and gothic choir vocals. Both of Sirenia's releases just reek of class which is not easy to do when you heavily utilize growl vocals.

For me the highlight for Sirenia is again the first track of the album. Lithium And A Lover is a driving number that really convices with it's outstanding lyrics and passionate vocal delivery. Comparing to At Sixes And Seven's lead track "Meridian" this one is a bit more straight forward and the same could be said for the whole album.

I did not want to give a full 5 stars because I feel this album is not quite as strong as the debut and not quite as spellbinding regarding the atmosphere and female vocals. Nonetheless, 4 and a half stars would not be a stretch at all.

Sirenia is a one of a kind band IMO and both releases are manditory of you have any use at all for Gothic style metal. So, so classy.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Gothic/Death metal band. 17 April 2005
By Parker Buessow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sirenia continues to reing on my top ten favourites list. This band is perfect, everything from the guitars, to the epic choir chants. The whole cd is good, buy my favourite songs on this album are: "Lithium And A Lover", "Voices Within", "A Mental Symphony", and "Save Me From Myself". This band's sound is another example of a great combination between Gothic and Death Metal. I personally like Metal bands that use choirs, so naturally Sirenia instantly became one of my favourites. This is a great buy for anyone who is into bands such as "Tristania" "Penumbra", "Nightwish", "Within Temptation", "Ashes You Leave", etc...
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE SIREN'S SONG 30 July 2005
By EMAN NEP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First of all, I want to say that this band is very appropriately named. Sirens were the part-woman part-birds (sea nymph) that sang sailors to their doom by misleading them. And the cover art to this album (all of their albums, in fact) IS misleading. With sirens being female and a female being shown on the cover, one would think that this is another female-led band like Within Temptation or Nightwish.

Not so!

Fortunately I read the Amazon reviews before I bought it, so I didn't get misled. I was hoping for a female-lead for this group, since that's what it looked like at first, but I also don't mind growling every now and then. And to Morten Veland's credit, he growls his lyrics coherently. I've seen too many bands with lyrics written down and then when they sing them it's like "agjalghuahjühahg!!!"

As for the female singer, she only sings about two or four lines per song, even if she gets a song all to herself (Save Me From Myself). She's not bad, but she can't compare to Tarja from Nightwish or Sharon from Within Temptation.

There are only three songs on this CD that I liked: "Lithium and a Lover" has great, catchy background music and good lyrics, male growling, female singing, and a choir. This one is my favorite.

"In My Darkest Hour" has some great guitar work at the beginning and they repeat it about halfway through the song.

"The Fall Within" has background music that sounds almost exactly like that from "Lithium and a Lover", but of course I liked that track so much that more of the same doesn't really hurt.

And that is where my main complaint with this CD lies. I got that annoying sense of Deja Vu when I listened to the background music on several of the songs. They started to sound the same, some of them. And the other songs were not up to my standards. I do appreciate though that they have a purely instrumental piece at the end. Not a very good one, but at least they tried.

If you like growling, the groups that I like to listen to and consider my standards are: Finntroll, Einherjer, and Within Temptation. If you like female vocals more than you should try: Nightwish, Evanescence, and Within Temptation.

Overall, this CD is not all bad. It's convinced me to give their earlier album a try and I'll look forward to their future projects and maybe you will, too.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lush beauty can be found almost anywhere... 27 Sep 2004
By Pamela Anneliese - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First, let me say that I am rather new in realising consciously my Antiquity-Goth tendencies and habits, therefore also basically new to delving into this genre of music, sifting through it all to see what types click with me. I'll also say that I'm definately NOT a fan of death growls and excessive heaviness - it doesn't do anything for me. When I listen to music, I want to FEEL. If it can make me feel deeply by touching my soul and laying it bare, then it's got my seal of approval. The songs off of this album that do just that are:

Save Me From Myself ***** [5 stars]

Seven Sirens & A Silver Tear ***** [5 stars]

Star-Crossed **** [4 stars]

[x] SAVE ME FROM MYSELF [x] The highlight of the entire album, in my opinion. Each time I listen to this, it never fails to caress my heart with a velvety touch and make it bleed. A haunting choir of wispy voices, heartbeat drums and the melancholic strains of a violin accompany a fallen angel as she sings...

--

Save me now

Before my world falls

Save me now from myself

Before the dawn

Save me now

I'm at the Reaper's door

Can't you see?

You hold the key

To set my mind free...

--

The violin interludes on this just makes your soul lose itself within the bittersweet beauty of it all. So simple yet so poignant.

[x] Seven Sirens & A Silver Tear [x] An instrumental done with piano and a few soft haunting voices. It starts very slowly with piano and then builds up pace near the end with voices and stronger instrumentation until finally... the whirlwind ends and the soft tone of piano we heard in the beginning lulls the song to sleep. Very beautiful piece that successfully imbues a sense of a calm ocean turning turbulent with storm before drifting back to peace and the sirens all on a high sea rock together. With a bit of imagination, a story can unfold.

[x] Star-Crossed [x] The reason I gave this only 4 stars instead of 5 is because it has a lot of death growling and raspy male voice reciting the lyrics (which I personally think would have been better done by a non-raspy female voice). The melody itself is absolutely gorgeous, especially at the very beginning of the song where it brings across the meaning of 'star-crossed' lovers exquisitely. I listen to this song solely for that lovely melody.

Buy the album or download these songs at [...] but, either way, find a means of listening to them.
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