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5.0 out of 5 stars A massive improvement, 1 July 2013
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This review is from: Perils Of The Deep Blue (Audio CD)
This album is massive improvement to Sirenia's previous album which even though enjoyable was not amazing vocally or instrumentally and generally has been seen as very weak and many thought that the band as a whole were going down hill from that point. Despite this, this album is the complete opposite with massively improved and now trained, incredible vocals from lead vocalist Ailyn but is also instrumentally amazing as well. This album also makes much better use of the harsh vocals from Morten Veland and also adds a very enjoyable clean male vocal from the band.

The album starts with a track called 'Ducere me in lucem' which is a very calming and a softer song which is already very impressive and a great start to the album. The first listen to the first single and second track of the album 'Seven widows weep' came before the album was released and it a very memorable song which has been stuck in my mind for weeks now as the vocals from Ailyn simply blow you away and instantly everything has been improved from the previous albums as the harsher vocals and instrumental parts really pack a punch as well and make the song in my opinion the strongest on the whole album and one that really portrays Ailyn's new vocals skills and training. 'My destiny coming to pass' is again a very enjoyable song and again a stand out track on the album further portraying the new skill of Ailyn vocally but also instrumentally from the rest of the band and from first listen the chorus became stuck in my head and gladly so.

'Ditt endelikt' is track four on the album and a very surprising but again enjoyable song as it contains clean male vocals which have never been seen on a past Sirenia album before and so really brings something new to the table and it is a success as they work very well and mix from the clean female vocals also very well to produce a very enjoyable track.

'Cold caress' is the track which gets a lot heavier than the previous ones and any past work from Sirenia and this really enhances the track and makes it sound so much better in addition to the again exemplary vocals from Ailyn who has obviously learned many new techniques so that her voice no longer sound 'plain' or 'boring' like some used to call it. Track 6 on the album called 'Darking' is a very similar track to the previous in a good way but it also quite distinguishable due to the impressive harsh vocals by Morten Veland on the track which really do stand out on the album in this track.

'Decadence' again brings something very new to the table as well and something which in my opinion must have been a massive risk for the band but one that turned out well. This is the use of lots of more electronic elements on this song from the start of it which in my opinion do brilliant things to the already impressive Sirenia's sound but also enhance Ailyn's voice. That and the very impressive instrumental parts of the song make this track one of my personal favourites and s stand out track from the entire album. People should not be put off by the electronic elements as many may be because they enhance the song to a very high standard and I hope that it is something that they use more in the future.

Track 8 on the album is named 'Stille kom doden' and a massive song as it is a whole 12 minutes 42 seconds long and therefore I had very high hopes for it that it would be the stand out on the album. When it came to listening to it as the rest of the album had been it had very impressive vocals but the instrumental parts really did stand out on this track and the song did manage to keep hold of you for the whole 13 minutes which in itself is impressive. However I didn't really think that the track was very special which I was hoping for considering the length of the song which is the only drawback but overall still a good listen.

'The funeral march' from the opening impresses instrumentally and also throughout the whole song but as the vocals enter from Ailyn the two really work well together to produce an exemplary song which again is one of my personal favourites and a very memorable one as well on the album. This opinion is also true for the last two tracks on the album named 'Profound scars' and 'A blizzard is storming' which are both very heavy songs and portray the vast improvement instrumentally of Sirenia from their past work as they are both songs which are incredible vocally instrumentally and vocally that are able to end this excellent album just as well as it was started.

I also want to talk about the cover artwork as it is very impressive and very fitting for the name of the album. The artwork was found by Morten Veland on the internet and was produced by an English artist and he felt that it was perfect for the album and that is my opinion as well and I believe that it again exceeds the artwork of their previous album by far. Morten Veland also said that he felt something very special about this album and the music on it and Ailyn also expressed similar opinion when talking about her newly trained vocals and that is an opinion that I fully agree with as the music on this album far exceeds anything in Sirenia's past discography with much heavier instrumental and electronic parts with vocals from Ailyn which are far stronger and impressive that her voice in previous albums and also in my opinion of the voices of previous Sirenia vocalists.

Overall this album is something very special and bring a breath of fresh air to the genre of Symphonic metal, metal in general and also to Sirenia as it really stands out from other albums in all ways and where Sirenia may have blended into the backround of this type of music, this album brings them out and so really deserves huge success. Critics of Ailyn who on the previous two albums who described her voice as 'whiny', 'plain' and 'boring' must be silenced by her vocals on this album as her voice has developed so much and makes this album what it is.

Strongest tracks : Seven Widows Weep, My Destiny Coming to Pass, Decadence, The Funeral March, Profound Scars
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Initial post: 31 Dec 2014 16:53:14 GMT
It is funny how I see the opposite what you wrote. The production of the album is awful way weaker then the 2 previous albums. The vocals are way back in the mix,so I don't know how you can enjoy her voice at all. There is just way too much echo to the hole sound. From Delain to Within Temptation all the other bands improved on production and sound,except Sirenia.
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