Sirenia – “Perils Of The Deep Blue”

Sirenia – “Perils Of The Deep Blue” (Nuclear Blast)

Sirenia were formed at the turn of the century by Tristania’s Morten Veland. Since then there has been a veritable revolving door of musicians although the current line up including Ailyn (who was on X Factor Spain) seems to have been fairly stable over the last few years – well, this is her third album which makes her Sirenia’s longest standing vocalist lol. Despite releasing five prior albums, the sound has remained in the symphonic / gothic metal arena which is pretty much where “Perils Of The Deep Blue” is with wailing female soprano vocals, bombastic neo classical riffs, big opera choirs and a liberal dose of electronica on songs like ‘Cold Caress’, ‘Seven Widow Weep’ and ‘The Funeral March’. For his part Veland adds in his own harsh vocals and the album has a much more epic and harder feel than I remember prior albums being with the possible exception of the commercial (and Norwegian sung – including clean vocals from Morten!) rock groove of ‘Ditt Endelikt’. In many ways Sirenia could be compared to Nightwish and why they never capitalized after Tarja left is a shame. Nevertheless “Perils Of The Deep Blue” is a commendable release that at least steers them in the right direction to that if that be their path.

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