In My Minds Eye... I Spy A GREAT Album,
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This review is from: Nine Destinies And A Downfall (MP3 Download)
Sirenia were introduced to me on the free download album Metallic Emotions- the track "My Minds Eye" is a great swirling, almost symphonic, rocker with amazingly sharp female vocals and heavy keyboards. So impressed was I by it I played it on my rock show (The Barnsley Rock Show) and also requested it on the Friday Rock Night over on Felixstowe Radio. On both shows it went down a storm, so I downloaded their first EP only to find that THAT EP was what could be designated ORC Music. Only one track had lead female vocals and the kind of structured heavy melodies that My Minds Eye incorporated. To say I was disappointed was an understatement.
However, I kept coming back to My Minds Eye and so did some digging and discovered that in fact Sirenia had been on a gradually journey from ORC music to a symphonic metal blending that had culminated in this album Nine Destinies. A quick listen to the samples provided by Amazon confirmed this so I bought it and I am really glad I am because this album rocks! Yes, it is heavy on keyboards, melodies and strong harmonies, but Monika Pederson's vocals are stunningly beautiful but strong at the same time (sadly, she is no longer with the band, who seem to have a rotating band membership as bad as Rainbow's was!)- and the guitar's are suitably metal- many of the riffs are straight out of the Orc metal handbook.
Musically then, expect a cross somewhere between Dream Theatre and later Nightwish. I can't really define it any better than that.
Highlights include The Last Call, Absent Without Leave, the awesome title track and of course My Minds Eye, though to be honest there isn't a duff track on this album. If you like any of the Dutch/Scandinavian symphonic/goth/metal crossover bands of the last 13 years, you'll love this. And at £7 on download, it's a steal.