Arcane Astral Aeons

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Arcane Astral Aeons
Arcane Astral Aeons.jpg
Studio album by
Released26 October 2018
RecordedMay – July 2018
StudioAudio Avenue Studios in Tau, Rogaland, Norway, Sound Suite Studios in Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Genre
Length55:12
LanguageEnglish, French
LabelNapalm
ProducerMorten Veland
Sirenia chronology
Dim Days of Dolor
(2016)
Arcane Astral Aeons
(2018)
Singles from Arcane Astral Aeons
  1. "Love Like Cyanide"
    Released: 21 September 2018
  2. "Into the Night"
    Released: 12 October 2018

Arcane Astral Aeons is the ninth full-length album by Norwegian gothic metal band Sirenia. It was released on 26 October 2018 through Napalm Records.[1][2]

It is their second album with French vocalist Emmanuelle Zoldan.

A lyric video was made for the single "Love Like Cyanide" released on 21 September 2018. The song features a guest appearance by Yannis Papadopoulos from Finnish band Beast In Black.[3] On October 12, "Into the Night" was released as the second single along followed by a music video on October 19. Both videos were directed by Swedish filmmaker and musician Owe Lingvall.[4]

Background[edit]

Arcane Astral Aeons was composed by Morten Veland at the beginning of 2018, during the break of an intense North American tour that Sirenia finished in April.

On August 14, album details were revealed; basically, is the same production and engineering of their predecessor work Dim Days of Dolor (2016). It was recorded between May and July 2018 in Veland's personal recording studio (Audio Avenue Studios) in Tau, Rogaland. Additional recordings were made at Sound Suite Studios in Marseille.

In contrast to any other Sirenia album, all members contributed in the recording studio. Specifically, live guitarists Jan Erik Soltvedt and Nils Courbaron both played guitar solos on several tracks. Additionally, Emmanuelle Zoldan demonstrated her operatic vocal skills much more and wrote the French lyrics in two songs. About it and their intense promotion campaign, Veland said:

This album is something unique to us as it is the first one we have made together with our fans; everyone who have supported our pledge campaign has directly contributed to the funding of the album and to make it what it has turned out to be. [...] [5]

The album was mixed at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark by producer and mixing engineer Jacob Hansen. The cover artwork was again created by Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák from Hjules Illustration And Design.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Morten Veland, except "Nos heures sombres" by Emmanuelle Zoldan.

No.TitleLength
1."In Styx Embrace"6:02
2."Into the Night"4:40
3."Love Like Cyanide"5:49
4."Desire"5:15
5."Asphyxia"5:37
6."Queen of Lies"3:55
7."Nos heures sombres" (Our Dark Hours)4:30
8."The Voyage"5:10
9."Aerodyne"4:40
10."The Twilight Hour"4:04
11."Glowing Embers"5:32
Total length:55:12

Personnel[edit]

Sirenia[edit]

  • Morten Veland – harsh vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, programming
  • Emmanuelle Zoldan – female vocals, French lyrics on "Nos heures sombres" and "Desire"
  • Nils Courbaron - lead guitar on tracks 1, 2 & 10
  • Jan Erik Soltvedt - lead guitar on tracks 5 & 8

Session musicians[edit]

  • Yannis Papadopoulos (Beast In Black) – clean male vocals on "Love Like Cyanide"
  • Østen Bergøy (ex-Tristania) - clean male vocals on "Aerodyne"
  • Stéphanie Valentin - violin
  • Damien Surian, Emilie Bernou, Mathieu Landry - The Sirenian Choir

Production[edit]

  • Mixed and mastered at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark

Design[edit]

  • Gyula Havancsák – cover art work, design and layout
  • Béranger Bazin – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[6] 131
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[7] 150
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 80

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sirenia to release 'Arcane Astral Aeons' in October". Metal Insider. 14 August 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  2. ^ "SIRENIA To Release 'Arcane Astral Aeons' Album In October". Blabbermouth. 14 August 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  3. ^ SIRENIA: Lyric Video For New Song 'Love Like Cyanide'
  4. ^ Sirenia Premiere 'Into the Night' Music Video
  5. ^ SIRENIA: Audio Samples Of Entire 'Arcane Astral Aeons' Album
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sirenia – Arcane Astral Aeons" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sirenia – Arcane Astral Aeons" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Sirenia – Arcane Astral Aeons". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 November 2018.

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