Siegfried (the out of incest born son of half-God Siegmund and Sieglinde and because of that the grandson of Wodan) is a German band that uses influences from gothic, folk and more modern metal in their songs. 'Nibelungen' is a saga in which Siegfried defeats the dragon as well as the Nibelung Alberich. The lyrics are inspired by that story from 1924. Of course the band didn't stick exactly to the story and used their own lyrical creativity too.
Some members have earned a bit fame elsewhere. We know Sandra Schleret from bands such as Dreams of Sanity, Eyes of Ede and Soulside. At the moment however she is also the front lady in the gothic metal act Elis. Besides female vocals they use 2 male voices too; Werner Bialek and Bruder Cle are responsible for the clean and harsh/grunting ones. The production was done by Alex Krull (Atrocity, Leaves Eyes) at the Mastersound Studios.
The effect of 3 different vocals sounds at times very interesting, but the clean ones could have been better in my opinion. The interchange between serene female singing and grunts should be used more in the future; this makes the songs even more exciting. For the biggest part I like the bombastic metal with choirs, melodic harmonies and tight guitar riffs. Sandra's vocals sometimes sound very sad and that sticks to the songs. The overall sound breathes a rather dark, threatening and mystic atmosphere. The only negative thing is that not all the songs stick in your head.
If you don't hate German lyrics, this might be an interesting album.