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SIRENIA

Sirenia is a gothic metal band from Stavanger, Norway.

The band uses melodic instrumentals, synthesizers, and distorted guitars with female vocals, male death vocals, clean male vocals, a choir and violins. The lyrics are concerned with human existence, emotion, and mental states.

Sirenia came together in early 2001, when Morten Veland parted ways with his former band Tristania due to musical disagreements and personal differences. The band failed to find a suitable singer prior to recording in France, so they conducted auditions and found Fabienne Gondamin for the recording of their debut album At Sixes and Sevens.

On the subsequent tour Fabienne Gondamin was replaced by Henriette Bordvik, with whom the band recorded the album An Elixir for Existence and the EP Sirenian Shores.

The band signed with Nuclear Blast Records in May of 2005.

In November of 2005, Henriette Bordvik left the band, citing personal reasons.

In 2007 they released a third album – Nine Destinies and a Downfall. The album features new singer, Monika Pedersen from Denmark, who joined the band in April 2006, and new guitarist Bjørnar Landa (from Artifact), who joined the band during the recording.

On November 5, 2007, Monika Pedersen quit the band over musical disagreements. Her departure caused Sirenia to pull out of a planned European tour with Therion.

On April 9, 2008, Sirenia announced Spanish X Factor contestant Ailyn as their new female vocalist.

On May 19, 2008, it was announced that Bjørnar Landa left the band in order to have more time for his family and studies. He was replaced by Michael S. Krumins (Green Carnation).

On June 12, 2008, Sirenia announced that for the first time in their career, they had decided to work with a bassplayer for their live shows. The session bass player will be Kristian Olav Torp.

Sirenia started recording their fourth album in July 2008. It was recorded in Sound Suite Studios, France and Stargoth Studios, Norway. The mixing and mastering took place in Antfarm Studios, Denmark with Tue Madsen. The album, called The 13th Floor, was completed on September and the release date was 23 January 2009. The album features guest appearances by Jan Kenneth Barkved. The first single, “The Path to Decay”, was released on December 26, 2008 as a digital download.

On 8 July 2010, the band announced that they started recording a new album. It was finished in November, and will be titled The Enigma of Life. The release date is 21 January 2011.

The first single, “The End of It All”, was released on December 21, 2010 as a digital download.

On 19 April 2011, Michael left Sirenia to put in more time on his own bands and projects.

In April 2011, Jan Erik Soltvedt joined the band and will fill in as the lead guitarist.

On October 16, 2012, Sirenia announced that they have entered the studio to record their next album for an early 2013 release. The band on their sixth album, “The progress on the new album is going very well — we feel confident that the sixth Sirenia album will have some nice surprises up its sleeve, as we‘ve been determined to make this record somewhat different from the previous two albums.

On April 13, 2013, the band announced the title of their next album on their Facebook page: Perils of the Deep Blue.

They announced that they had returned to Napalm Records on April 3, 2014

Discography

At Sixes and Sevens 2001-2002

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0:00 – Meridian
6:25 – Sister Nightfall
12:04 – On The Wane
18:45 – In a Manica
24:52 – At Sixes And Sevens
31:43 – Lethargica
37:17 – Manic Aeon
43:50 – A Shadow of Your Own
49:50 – In Summerian Haze

An Elixir for Existence 2003-2004

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0:00 – Lithium and a Lover
6:34 – Voices Within
13:24 – A Mental Symphony
18:48 – Euphoria
25:22 – In My Darkest Hour
31:26 – Save Me From Myself
35:38 – The Fall Within
42:26 – Star-crossed
48:52 – Seven Sirens and a Silver Tear

Nine Destinies and a Downfall 2007

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0:00 – The Last Call
4:45 – My Minds Eye
8:23 – One By One
13:53 – Sundown
18:58 – Absent Without Leave
23:53 – The Other Side
27:48 – Seven Keys End Nine Doors
32:43 – Downfall
37:28 – Glades of Summer
43:04 – Nine Destinies and a Downfall

The 13th Floor 2009

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Track 01 | 00:00 | 04:17 | – The path to decay
Track 02 | 04:17 | 07:30 | – Lost in life
Track 03 | 07:30 | 12:17 | – The mind maelstrom
Track 04 | 12:17 | 17:39 | – The seventh summer
Track 05 | 17:39 | 22:12 | – Beyond life’s scenery
Track 06 | 22:12 | 27:01 | – The lucid door
Track 07 | 27:01 | 31:36 | – Led astray
Track 08 | 31:36 | 37:10 | – Winterborn 77
Track 09 | 37:10 | 42:23 | – Sirens of the seven seas
Track 10 | 42:23 | 45:58 | – The path to decay (radio mix)
Track 11 | 45:58 | 50:48 | – The mind maelstrom (instrumental)
Track 12 | 50:48 | 56:22 | – Winterborn 77 (instrumental)

The Enigma of Life 2011

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Track 01 | 00:00 | 04:31 | – The end of it all
Track 02 | 04:31 | 08:30 | – Fallen angel
Track 03 | 08:30 | 13:12 | – All my dreams
Track 04 | 13:12 | 17:12 | – This darkness
Track 05 | 17:12 | 21:13 | – The twilight in your eyes
Track 06 | 21:13 | 25:08 | – Winter land
Track 07 | 25:08 | 31:01 | – A seaside serenade
Track 08 | 31:01 | 35:23 | – Darkened days to come
Track 09 | 35:23 | 40:02 | – Coming down
Track 10 | 40:02 | 43:35 | – This lonely lake
Track 11 | 43:35 | 48:21 | – Fading star
Track 12 | 48:21 | 54:37 | – The enigma of life
Track 13 | 54:37 | 59:09 | – Oscura realidad
Track 14 | 59:09 | 01:05:01 | – The enigma of life (acoustic version)

Perils of the Deep Blue 2013

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00:00 – Ducere Me In Lucem
03:34 – Seven Widows Weep
10:33 – My Destiny Coming To Pass
15:51 – Ditt Endelikt
22:04 – Cold Caress
28:03 – Darkling
33:41 – Decadence
38:41 – Stille Kom Doden
51:25 – The Funeral March
57:01 – Profound Scars
1:03:12- A Blizzard is Storming
1:08:03 – Chains (bonus track)
1:12:30 – Blue Colleen (bonus track)

Members

Current members

Morten Veland – lead vocals, grunts, guitars, bass, keyboards, programming, drums, other instruments (2001–present)
Jonathan A. Perez – drums (2003–present)
Ailyn – lead vocals (2008–present)
Jan Erik Soltvedt – guitars (2011–present)

Former members

Henriette Bordvik – vocals (2003–2005)
Monika Pedersen – vocals (2006–2007)
Kristian Gundersen – guitars (live only) and clean vocals (2001–2004)
Bjørnar Landa – guitars (live only) (2004–2008)
Michael S. Krumins – guitars and harsh vocals (live only) (2008–2011)
Kristian Olav Torp – bass (live only) (2008)
Roland Navratil – drums (live only) (2004–2005, 2009)

Session members

Fabienne Gondamin – vocals (2001–2002)
Jan Kenneth Barkved – clean vocals (2001–2002, 2008)
Pete Johansen – violin (2001–2002)
Anne Verdot – violin (2003, 2004)
Stephanie Valentin – violin (2008, 2010)

The Sirenian Choir

Damien Surian (2001–2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
Emilie Lesbros (2001–2004, 2008, 2010)
Johanna Giraud (2001–2002, 2004)
Hubert Piazzola (2001–2002, 2004)
Mathieu Landry (2003–2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
Emmanuelle Zoldan (2003–2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)
Sandrine Gouttebel (2003–2004, 2006, 2008, 2010)

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Morten Veland lead vocals, grunts, guitars, bass, keyboards, programming, drums, other instruments

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Jonathan A. Perez – drums

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Ailyn – lead vocals (2008–present)

Jan Erik Soltvedt – guitars
Henriette Bordvik – vocals (2003–2005)
Monika Pedersen – vocals (2006–2007)
Fabienne Gondamin – vocals (2001–2002)

 

 

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