Sirenia – Dim Days of Dolor (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sirenia - Dim Days of Dolor - Album CoverTo look at Sirenia these days is like reliving the events around Leaves’ Eyes all over again. If you remember: Out rocketed Liv Kristine earlier this year and in came the Goth Chick from the East. And it was lightning fast with – apparently – no prior notice to the victim in this play of villains. In the context of Sirenia, it is Aylin Gimenez getting the boot in a tearing hurry. Aylin actually stayed longest with the band as female fronts go. In the past all leads left after an album or so, stating a variety of reasons. Kind of sounds like the infamous divorce excuse in the US called irreconcilable differences.

Well, we will never know what the truth really is or was, but I do see a pattern. Similar things happened with Nightwish, for example. Twice actually, once when Tarja Turunen got dismissed and the second time when the band forced Anette Olzon out into the cold. I am not sure what is wrong with the people skills of some of these guys. But hey, this kind of rough treatment seems to be the modus operandi in this genre. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Sirenia – The Seventh Life Path (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Sirenia - The Seventh Life Path - Album CoverYou know, I like Gothic Metal and Symphonic Metal. I really do. It is usually more melodious and varied than the more straightforward types of metal that are existing out there. And after a weekend of down’n’dirty metal crunch, some Symphonic band-aid to soothe my bleeding ears is a welcome change. But here I am listening to the Spanish/Norwegian Gothic Metal band of two+ Sirenia‘s latest studio album The Seventh Life Path. And already I am confused.

No doubt: The talent at work is impressive. Morten Veland founded the gig back in 2001, the multi-instrumentalist In-Chief. And Ailyn Giménez serving you with vocals since 2008. Since its inception, Sirenia produced 7 studio albums, The Seventh Life Path being the latest (get the drift..), released earlier in 2015. The music displayed on the album is complex and varied – very Gothic Metal in style with a Symphonic twist. And – unfortunately – very pop too. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!