Sirenia (band)

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Sirenia
Sirenia-live-Norway-Rock-Festival-2009.jpg
Sirenia performing live at Norway Rock Festival in 2009
Background information
OriginStavanger, Norway
GenresDeath-doom (early), Gothic metal, Symphonic metal
Years active2001 – present
LabelsNapalm (2002-2005, 2014-present)[1]
Nuclear Blast (2005-2014)[2]
Associated actsArtifact, Tristania, Sinphonia, Trail of Tears
Websitesirenia.no
MembersMorten Veland
Ailyn
Jonathan Perez
Jan Erik Soltvedt
Past membersFabienne Gondamin
Henriette Bordvik
Kristian Gundersen
Monika Pedersen
Bjørnar Landa
Michael S. Krumins
 
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Sirenia
Sirenia-live-Norway-Rock-Festival-2009.jpg
Sirenia performing live at Norway Rock Festival in 2009
Background information
OriginStavanger, Norway
GenresDeath-doom (early), Gothic metal, Symphonic metal
Years active2001 – present
LabelsNapalm (2002-2005, 2014-present)[1]
Nuclear Blast (2005-2014)[2]
Associated actsArtifact, Tristania, Sinphonia, Trail of Tears
Websitesirenia.no
MembersMorten Veland
Ailyn
Jonathan Perez
Jan Erik Soltvedt
Past membersFabienne Gondamin
Henriette Bordvik
Kristian Gundersen
Monika Pedersen
Bjørnar Landa
Michael S. Krumins

Sirenia is a Norwegian gothic/symphonic 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.

Background[edit]

At Sixes and Sevens, 2001-2003[edit]

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.

An Elixir for Existence, 2004-2006[edit]

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 2005.[3]

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

Nine Destinies and a Downfall, 2006-2007[edit]

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.

The 13th Floor, 2008-2009[edit]

Sirenia began looking for a new singer in November 2007.[4] The process in finding their newest member took about six months. About 500 applied, at the end they wanted to find someone from the EU region for practical reasons.[4] On April 9, 2008, Sirenia announced Spanish X Factor contestant Ailyn as their new female vocalist.[5]

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.

The Enigma of Life, 2010-2011[edit]

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.

Perils of the Deep Blue, 2012-2013[edit]

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.[6]

On April 13, 2013, the band announced the title of their next album on their Facebook page: Perils of the Deep Blue.[7]

2014-present[edit]

The band announced they had returned to Napalm Records on April 3, 2014 with a pending album release for early 2015.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales
BEL (Fla)
[8]
BEL (Wal)
[8]
FR
[9]
GER
[10]
SWI
[11]
UK Rock
[12]
US Heat
[13]
US Hard Rock
[14]
At Sixes and Sevens
An Elixir for Existence
Nine Destinies and a Downfall1345485
The 13th Floor1278767
The Enigma of Life7353
Perils of the Deep Blue98891365043112097
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or was not released.

Extended plays[edit]

Singles & promo singles[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Session members[edit]

The Sirenian Choir[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sirenia Returns To Napalm Records - Blabbermouth.net". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sirenia Sign With Nuclear Blast Records - Blabbermouth.net". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sirenia Sign With Nuclear Blast Records - Blabbermouth.net". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Sirenia Interview". about.com. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sirenia Enlists 'XFactor Singer From Spain". blabbermouth.com. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sirenia recording New Album". "http://blabbermouth.net". October 16, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Facebook post". Facebook. Sirenia. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  8. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  9. ^ [2][dead link]
  10. ^ "charts.de". Officialcharts.de. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  11. ^ [3][dead link]
  12. ^ "2013-07-13 Top 40 Rock & Metal Albums Archive - Official Charts". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sirenia - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "SIRENIA - Perils Of The Deep Blue Enters The Charts In The US". bravewords.com. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Metal By Numbers 4/29 – Italy, Cleveland Debut High". Metal Insider. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Metal By Numbers 2/23: A Surprisingly (Un)Dead Week For The Charts". Metal Insider. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Metal By Numbers 7/17: Like Festivals To Flames". Metal Insider. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Metal By Numbers 7/24: Respect Walk Through Exits Only". Metal Insider. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Metal By Numbers 8/7: Unsurprisingly, Five Finger Death Punch Have a Number 2 Record". Metal Insider. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 

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