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[ Saltillo - Monocyte ]
[ Schattenkinder - Vision of Nightfall ]
[ Schonwald - Between Parallel Lights ]
[ Schonwald - Dream For The Fall ]
[ Screams For Tina - 2003 A.D. ]
[ SD6 - Between Noise and Transmission ]
[ Seabound - Double-Crosser ]
[ Seabound - No Sleep Demon V2.0 ]
[ Seabound - Poisonous Friend ]
[ Seabound - Beyond Flatline ]
[ Second Skin - Black Eyed Angel ]
[ Secret Lie - Pandora ]
[ Secret Lie - Behind The Truth ]
[ The Secret Meeting - Ultrashiver ]
[ Sensuous Enemy - Voyager ]
[ Sentinel of Eternity - Sentinel of Eternity ]
[ Seventh Harmonic - The Garden of Dilmun ]
[ Sexy Suicide - Intruder ]
[ ShadowPlay - ShadowPlay ]
[ She Likes Winter - A Year In Our Lives ]
[ Sibelian - Gothic Opera 1999-2011 ]
[ Silent Auction - H On Earth ]
[ Silica Gel - Genesis ]
[ Silica Gel - Nada Es Eterno ]
[ Silica Gel - La Mitad ]
[ Silvery - Black Box ]
[ Sirenia - Dim Days of Dolor ]
[ [:SITD:] - Ikon:Koru ]
[ [:SITD:] - Rot ]
[ [:SITD:] - bestie:mensch ]
[ [:SITD:] - Coded Message:12 ]
[ [:SITD:] - Stronghold ]
[ Skeleton Trees - Season of Mists ]
[ Skinny Puppy - The Greater Wrong of the Right ]
[ Sleep Slid In - The Open Diary ]
[ Sleeptheif - Eurydice (CDS) ]
[ Sleeptheif - The Dawnseeker ]
[ Soil and Eclipse - Mirror ]
[ Soil and Eclipse - Purity ]
[ Sol Invictus - Sol Veritus Lux (2006) ]
[ Solemn Novena - Kiss The Girls ]
[ Soman - Mask ]
[ Somnare - Bellum Esse ]
[ The Soil Bleeds Black - Mirror of the Middle Ages ]
[ Soriah (with Ashkelon Sain) - Eztica ]
[ Soriah (with Ashkelon Sain) - Atlan ]
[ Soul Flight - Soul Flight ]
[ Soulscape - Grave New World ]
[ Sound Of Eleven - No Artist / No Name ]
[ SPC ECO - The Art of Pop ]
[ SPC ECO - Sirens and Satellites ]
[ SPC ECO - Push EP ]
[ SPC ECO - 3-D ]
[ State of the Union - Inpendum ]
[ State of the Union - Timerunner ]
[ Stereoskop - Electrika ]
[ Stereoskop - In A While EP ]
[ sToa - Silmand ]
[ sToa - ZAL ]
[ Streeturchin - Native ['neitiv] ]
[ Stromkern - Light It Up ]
[ Stromkern - Stand Up ]
[ Subway To Sally - Bastard ]
[ Suicide Commando - X.20 (Best Of) ]
[ Suicide Commando - Bind, Torture, Kill ]
[ Suicide Commando - Axis of Evil ]
[ Sumerland - Imaginary Ways ]
[ Supreme Court - Yell It Out ]
[ The Sweetest Condition - We Defy Oblivion ]
[ The Sweetest Condition - Edge of the World ]
[ Sykoya - Strange Night ]
[ Syrian - Death of a Sun ]
[ Syrian - Alien Nation ]
[ Syrian - Kosmonauta ]
[ Syrian - Cosmic Gate ]
[ System Syn - No Sky To Fall ]
[ System Syn - All Seasons Pass ]
[ System Syn - End ]
[ System Syn - The Mourning Ritual ]
[ System Syn - Postscript ]
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[ Tannhauser - a.new.biostate ]
[ Tearwave - Different Shade Of Beauty ]
[ Tearwave - Tearwave ]
[ Terminal Gods - Electric Eyes ]
[ Them Are Us Too - T.A.U.T.
[ Third Realm - Deranged ]
[ Third Realm - New World Order ]
[ Third Realm - Romantic Death ]
[ ThouShaltNot - Land Dispute ]
[ ThouShaltNot - The White Beyond ]
[ Thy Veils - The Diaphonous Depressions ]
[ Tolchock - Elements of Rage ]
[ Tolchock - Wipe Out, Burn Down, Annihilate ]
[ Tor Lundvall - Yule ]
[ T.O.Y. - Fairytale MCD ]
[ T.O.Y. - White Lights ]
[ Trance to the Sun - Spiders, Aether & Rain ]
[ Trinity Project, The - The Subtle Movements... ]
[ Tristraum - Gray ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Legends of Blood and Light ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Reverie ]
[ Trobar De Morte - Fairydust ]
[ The Twilight Garden - A World We Pretend ]
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[ Unavox - Angels Dance Upwards ]
[ Underwater Pilots - Tranquil Places ]
[ Unheilig - Zelluloid ]
[ Unto Ashes - Ghosts Captured ]
[ Unto Ashes - Burials Foretold ]
[ Unto Ashes - The Blood of my Lady ]
[ Unto Ashes - Songs for a Widow ]
[ Unto Ashes - Grave Blessings ]
[ Unto Ashes - I Cover You With Blood ]
[ Unto Ashes - Empty Into White ]
[ Unto Ashes - Saturn Return ]
[ Unwoman - Blossoms ]
SireniaHailing from the great cradle of metal music of Norway, this powerful Gothic Metal band was founded in 2001 by Morten Veland. Bringing his vast experience as co-founder of the band Tristania, he joined forces with other like-minded musicians and began work creating more powerful, epic masterpieces. To date the band has released eight full-length albums an EP and several singles. In addition to all of these releases, the band has toured extensively around the world, including just recently in 2017 finishing their first North American tour.

I discovered this excellent band when they first formed in 2001 while following the Napalm Records releases at the time. Having been a big fan of Tristania it was great to hear a similar sound emerge on their debut album At Sixes and Sevens. Over the next few years I would lose touch with the band and label, but recently reconnected about the time of the release of The Seventh Life Path. I was blown away by this album and we gave it extensive airplay on our radio show as we geared up with more gothic metal bands including Xandria and Delain to name a couple. Their latest work fit right in and with the 2016 release of Dim Days of Dolor, the music continued to capture our attention and so we're presenting this band here to the pages of Gothic Paradise with a review of this latest work.



Dim Days of Dolor - Review

It is great to introduce this band to the pages of Gothic Paradise with their eigth studio album. Dim Days of Dolor Having enjoyed their previous album and much of their early work it has been great to see the band progress with each new release. As they've had a number of lineup and vocalist changes over the years, Morten has shown great resiliance in keeping the vision going. This latest album sees this vision realized in the form of eleven powerful tracks that fans will love and be banging their heads to for years to come.

Right from the start the powerfully bombastic elements come out on "Goddess of the Sea". This serves not only as a great introduction to the album and sets the tone and pace, but is also a stellar track in and of itself. The elements presented here are the keys to the powerful structures we've enjoyed over the years with the heavy, grinding guitars layered over the powerful percussion and mix of violin, piano, synthesizers and accented with the powerful mezzo-soprano vocals of Emmanuelle Zoldan. This is immediately followed by the title track and a definite favorite for me and our listeners. The symphonic elements of violins and synths create a beautifuly melodic approach to an otherwise heavy, epic soundtrack with the female siren-like vocals capturing and holding the listener captivated and mesmerized. The grinding guitars and heavy percussion move the track along as expected with this band, creating a thick atmosphere of fantasy and lore. As the album moves along we're presented with one powerful piece after another. Sometimes we get a taste of the deep male vocals, accented by choirs and other bombastic elements, always driving and always robust.

As we reach the midway point on the album we're presented with another favorite selection in the form of "Veil of Winter". This track is nice in that it includes the tenor male vocals, clear and melodic and when presented along the female counterpart we have a commanding effect. The forceful elements of the driving music continues through much of the remainder of the album with highlights standing out here and there. "Playing with Fire" comes out strong against the rest with an epic sound with the angelic vocals soaring above the heavy pulsating and grinding bass, guitars and drums mixed with the atmospheric synths. As the album winds to a close we are presented with the only soft and slow ballad on the album. This is a classic approach that many bands in this genre use and as is often the case, the ballad presented is definitely a highlight of the album. The soft and graceful piano mixed with soft and subtle atmospheric symphonic synths drift and flow as they caress the listener's soul. This builds to a dynamic climax with somber and subtle, yet powerful bombastic percussion and other elements before drifing off and fading softly away.

For those already familiar with this band, hopefully the descriptions above bring the music forcefully to the reader's memory. For thos not familiar, hopefully you get a taste of the bombastic gothic metal styles and sound available on this album. Check it out as well as past releases to hear and get a taste for a dynamic and powerful sound that is memorable and a solid foundation within the genre.

Rating: 4/5



Website: www.sirenia.no
Current Label: Napalm Records

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