Sirenia - Perils of the Deep Blue
Label: Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Álvaro Rodríguez Ortiz - 2013-07-03
Highlights: Funeral March, Profound Scars
I’ve been a fan of Sirenia since I first saw them in Spanish TV (they appeared once in the news, because they hired Ailyn and she’s Spaniard and she participated in X Factor Spain).
I have to say, I’m not very fond in all this Gothic Metal genre (except Epica and Sirenia of course); because every single band of the genre sounds exactly like another, but Sirenia is different. If you are used to listen to Gothic Metal with two singers, you know that they are going to play the beauty/beast game (the beauty is a female singer with a very beautiful voice, and the beast is always the lead/rhythm guitar player, who growls).
In this particular album (Perils of the Deep Blue), I was expecting less heavy guitars, with more orchestration and a few parts of growling, but I got really surprised. All the guitars sounded really heavy (which is surprising in this genre, because they tend to make them sound more pop-ish distortion sound), the orchestration was amazing (one of the most impressive orchestrations I’ve heard lately since Septicflesh’s The Great Mass of Death); and there were more growls than in previous albums. What I would like to remark is Ailyn’s voice, she has a huge voice.
Overall the album is very decent, and I would like to remark songs like The Funeral March, and the beautiful Profound Scars.
If you are not really into Gothic Metal (like I am), Sirenia’s last album is a really good album to start. It sounds heavy, yet beautiful, and refresh. Check them out, and if you can, go and see them live, I’ve seen a few live videos on Internet and they are very good live.