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
Origin Stavanger, Norway
Genres Death-doom (early)
Gothic metal
Symphonic metal
Years active 2001 – present
Labels Napalm (2002-2005) (2014-present)[1]
Nuclear Blast (2005-2014)[2]
Associated acts Artifact
Tristania
Sinphonia
Trail of Tears
Website sirenia.no
Members Morten Veland
Ailyn
Jonathan Perez
Jan Erik Soltvedt
Past members Fabienne Gondamin
Henriette Bordvik
Kristian Gundersen
Monika Pedersen
Bjørnar Landa
Michael S. Krumins

Sirenia is a 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]

TBA 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]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
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 Downfall 134 54 85
The 13th Floor 127 87 67
The Enigma of Life 73 53
Perils of the Deep Blue 98 89 136 50 43 11 20 97
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or was not released.

Extended plays[edit]

Singles & promo singles[edit]

  • My Mind's Eye
  • The Path to Decay
  • The End of It All
  • Seven Widows Weep

Music videos[edit]

  • My Mind's Eye
  • The Other Side
  • The Path to Decay
  • The End of It All
  • Seven Widows Weep

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/sirenia-returns-to-napalm-records/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
  2. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/sirenia-sign-with-nuclear-blast-records/
  3. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/sirenia-sign-with-nuclear-blast-records
  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 http://www.ultratop.be/nl/search.asp?search=sirenia&cat=a
  9. ^ http://lescharts.com/search.asp?search=sirenia&cat=a
  10. ^ http://www.officialcharts.de/suche.asp?search=Sirenia&x=0&y=0&country=de
  11. ^ http://hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=sirenia&cat=a
  12. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/11/2013-07-13/
  13. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/sirenia-mn0000009535/awards
  14. ^ http://www.bravewords.com/news/207545
  15. ^ http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-429-italy-cleveland-debut-high
  16. ^ http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-223-a-surprisingly-undead-week-for-the-charts
  17. ^ http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-717-like-festivals-to-flames
    http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-724-respect-walk-through-exits-only
    http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/metal-by-numbers/metal-by-numbers-87-unsurprisingly-five-finger-death-punch-have-a-number-2-record

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