The Enigma of Life

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The Enigma of Life
Studio album by Sirenia
Released 21 January 2011 (Europe)
15 February 2011 (North America)
Recorded July — November 2010 (Audio Avenue Studios/Sound Suite Studios)
Genre Symphonic metal
gothic metal
Length 54:33
Language English, Spanish
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Morten Veland
Sirenia chronology
The 13th Floor
(2009)The 13th Floor2009
The Enigma of Life
Perils of the Deep Blue
(2013)Perils of the Deep Blue2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 3.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Metal Storm 6.0[3]
Revolver 2/5[4]
Sputnikmusic 2.0[5]

The Enigma of Life is the fifth full-length studio album by the Norwegian gothic metal band Sirenia and their second with the Spanish vocalist Ailyn. It was released on 21 January 2011 through Nuclear Blast.[6] The album was mastered at Finnvox Studios in Finland. The download-only single, "The End of It All", was released on 21 December 2010.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Morten Veland.

No. Title Length
1. "The End of It All" 04:31
2. "Fallen Angel" 03:59
3. "All My Dreams" 04:42
4. "This Darkness" 04:00
5. "The Twilight in Your Eyes" 04:00
6. "Winter Land" 03:55
7. "A Seaside Serenade" 05:53
8. "Darkened Days to Come" 04:22
9. "Coming Down" 04:38
10. "This Lonely Lake" 03:33
11. "Fading Star" 04:46
12. "The Enigma of Life" 06:16
13. "Oscura Realidad" ("Dark Reality") (Japanese edition bonus track, Spanish version of "This Darkness") 04:31
14. "The Enigma of Life" (acoustic, Japanese edition bonus track) 05:51
15. "Fallen Angel" (acoustic, Japanese edition bonus track) 03:45
  • "The End of It All" has a video.



Session Musicians[edit]

Additional Notes[edit]

  • Spanish translations of "El Enigma de la Vida" and "Oscura Realidad" by Ailyn
  • "The Enigma of Life" was recorded in Audio Avenue Studios (Tau, Norway), additional recordings of choirs, acoustic guitars and violin were recorded in Sound Suite Studios (Marseille, France)
  • Written, composed, arranged, produced, mixed and engineered by Morten Veland
  • Pre-produced in Audio Avenue Studios (Tau, Norway)
  • Mastered by Mika Jussila, Finnvox Studios
  • A+R by Jaap Waagemaker
  • Cover artwork & design by Gustavo Sazes
  • Band photos by Patric Ullaeus


Chart (2011) Peak
German Albums Chart[7] 73
Swiss Albums Chart[7] 53