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A Vast Improvement
on 1 July 2013
Sirenia is one of those bands where views on them are divided. There are a good chunk of people who like the darker, gloomier earlier stuff and never really like the direction Sirenia took since "Nine Destinies and a Downfall." And the other fans, I guess they don't care as long as the music is good. My position on Sirenia is mixed, I like the old stuff, thought "Nine Destinies" was average, really enjoyed the "13th Floor" and with it, thought Ailyn was a good addition to the band but found the follow up; "The Enigma of Life" to be a disappointment, it was boring and sounded full of rejected material from the "13th Floor." Therefore when Sirenia announced a new album, the question was: Will this be good or are they stuck in stagnation?
Well after listening to it, I think they have bounced back monumentally from the mehfest that was "The Enigma of Life". "Perils of the Deep Blue", is a very good album, the best album so far from the Ailyn era Sirenia. If you're exclusively a fan of old Sirenia, I'm not sure if you'll enjoy this, for everyone else, I'm sure this will be a contender for the best Sirenia album. It is more adventurous than any of the stuff they have done before, like Morten Veland actually paid attention to the negative reviews and problems within the previous album and went all out this time. Nothing sounds drastically different from what came before, but the music just feels alive this time around,which proves to be a big contrast to "Enigma", while there was nothing about it that made it a terrible album in any measurable form, it just seemed devoid of life and very soulless. Due to the improvement in the music (is it just me or do the drums in particular sound better?) and in Ailyn, herself, it means "Perils" holds up well without relying on the "Cherry" (the Choir) to make songs on the album interesting. The song Cold Caress is probably a good example of the above, the choir creates the atmosphere for the song to draw you in but doesn't hold the song hostage as the music is vibrant and Ailyn gives an excellent performance on that track.
The highlights of this album for me are, aside the aforementioned song, are: Seven Widows Weep; also the promotional song which was the first positive sign that Sirenia was really putting effort into this release rather than produce a clone of the previous stuff. It has the Sirenia familiarity but is thematically different to the other promotional songs and showcases the band as a whole rather than just Ailyn/the female singer (which happens a lot in female fronted bands). Ditt Endelikt was also released before the album came out and while Sirenia have had male clean singing before, it brings something different to the table and I would like to hear more like it in the future. My Destiny Coming to Pass is a solid enjoyable song. Profound Scars, has elements that hail back to the older Sirenia albums making it a little bit like a mix between old and newer. Stille Kom Døden is the epic track (the long one) it holds up well, not boring or anything but doesn't feel extra special, the purpose of a good epic track is to make it the (or a) main highlight of the album, it is a good song but many of the shorter ones are better. There isn't really any bad tracks on this album nor any that screams outright filler either.
"Perils" is a surprisingly excellent album from Sirenia. Around 7 or 8 out of 10.