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In which Sirenia fail to win promotion to the top division
on 12 May 2009
Sirenia are a curious band and to me, at least, it appears they haven't quite sorted out where they're going musically. I think it's detrimental to change the vocalist after each recording as this makes their overall sound less identifiable. I don't think the new singer is any better than the last one. Intros are often powerful but this is almost instantly dissipated when (weakish) vocals come in. I'm not that keen on the heavy backing music mixing with weak melodies which have poppy leanings. As other reviewers have said the belated entrance of growls (not that I'm a fan) is like a write-by-numbers reminder of their Gothic roots. The choir does sound magnificent in places but this has all been done before and Sirenia are nowhere near as dynamic or dramatic as Epica or After Forever not to mention the big 2.
There are a couple of nice guitar breaks (most symphonic metal groups couldn't play solos to save their lives) but Morten Veland comes across as a good craftsman rather than an inspired songwriter. I find the constant reviewer references to Abba inappropriate as Sirenia have a long way to go to come up with unforgettable melodies like their Scandinavian counterparts. Song titles seem to centre around numbers for some obscure reason. My favourite tracks are the opener "Path to Decay" and the last one - "Siren of the Seven Seas" and I prefer the two bonus instrumentals to their sung versions. Overall "Nine Destinies" was a stronger album and at best Sirenia are just marking time. Not an essential purchase (but a helluva lot better than Tristania or Lacuna Coil)!