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
The Enigma of Life
Perils of the Deep Blue
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