MAY 29th, 2011  
SIRENIA:
THE END OF LIFE
www.myspace.com/sirenia 

 Review By: Metal Mom

These Norwegians Goth metallers just released their 5th full length CD back in January of this year. They now have under their belt 5 albums and an EP. Their genre seems to be symphonic, melodic, gothic, bombastic metal, with a touch of rock thrown in. Call it what you want, its good.

Morten Veland is the founding member from 2001, and on this CD he has arranged, produced and engineered it all, along with doing all the song writing. The cover artwork was done by Gustavo. The CD was also mastered at the Finnvox Studios in Finland, and recorded at Sound Suite Studios. And consists of 9 tracks, a total of 52:34 minutes.

The musicians for “The Enigma of Life” are Morten who did rhythm and lead guitars, clean male vocals, bass, keyboards, programming and the drums. The female vocals on each and every track was done by spanish vocalist Ailyn. Jonathan also on drums. Stephanie Valentin is who did the violin on this CD. And the choir members who were on each track were Damien Surian, Mathieu Landry, Emmanuelle Zoldan, Sandrine Gouttebel, and Emilie Lesbros. As you can see there was a multitude of talent to produce this album.

This album is a very diverse one, with some exciting new elements added, like synthesizers, distorted guitars, choir and violin along with some contrasting female vocals, and male growling vocals, whispers, all this adds depth . The guitar solos are impressive, the drums powerful. The songs are varied and which keep you listening and wanting more. The beat is steady, one which you cant help but bang your head to or throw your horns up , and better yet, bang your head to as you are driving.

“At the End of it All”, this is one you want in your collection.