The 13th Floor (album)

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The 13th Floor
Studio album by Sirenia
Released 23 January 2009
Recorded July–September, 2008 (Sound Suite Studios)
Genre Symphonic metal, gothic metal
Length 42:38
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Morten Veland
Sirenia chronology
Nine Destinies and a Downfall
(2007)
The 13th Floor
(2009)
The Enigma of Life
(2011)
Singles from The 13th Floor
  1. "The Path to Decay"
    Released: December 26, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Dangerdog 3.5/5 stars[2]

The 13th Floor is the fourth full-length studio album by the Norwegian gothic metal band Sirenia and their first with the Spanish vocalist Ailyn. It was released on 23 January 2009, through Nuclear Blast. The album features guest appearances by Jan Kenneth Barkved (who had also made some guest appearances on their album At Sixes and Sevens), and the French violin player, Stephanie Valentin, who adds to the sound along with the choir that has been a part of their sound since the beginning. The album was released in three formats: CD, CD-Digi and box set. The box set edition was restricted to 500 copies worldwide. The download-only single, "The Path to Decay", was released on 26 December 2008.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Path to Decay"   04:19
2. "Lost in Life"   03:14
3. "The Mind Maelstrom"   04:50
4. "The Seventh Summer"   05:24
5. "Beyond Life's Scenery"   04:35
6. "The Lucid Door"   04:51
7. "Led Astray"   04:37
8. "Winterborn 77"   05:36
9. "Sirens of the Seven Seas"   05:12
Total length:
42:38
Limited edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
10. "The Path to Decay" (radio edit) 03:33
11. "The Mind Maelstrom" (instrumental version) 04:49
12. "Winterborn 77" (instrumental version) 05:33
Total length:
56:33
  • The multimedia part includes photo gallery, wallpapers and screensavers. "The Path to Decay" was released as a promotional single and also has a video.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
French Albums Chart[4] 127
German Albums Chart[5] 87
Swiss Albums Chart[6] 67

Personnel[edit]

Sirenia[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Jan Kenneth Barkved – clean male vocals (on track #9)
  • Stephanie Valentin – violin (on tracks #3, #7, #8 & #9)
  • Damien Surian, Mathieu Landry, Emmanuelle Zoldan, Sandrine Gouttebe, Emilie Lesbros – choir (on all tracks)

Production[edit]

  • Arranged, produced and engineered by Morten Veland
  • Additional recording at Sound Suite Studios by Terje Refsnes
  • Mixed by Morten Veland and Tue Madsen
  • Mastered by Tue Madsen

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