Power of Metal.dk Review

The Seventh Life Path
Style: Symphonic Gothic Metal
Release date: 24 April, 2015
Playing time: 69:00

In the Netherlands we have Epica, in Norway there is Sirenia, also a band with female vocals and some harsh grunting ones. Ailyn has a very nice and adorable voice which forms a fine contrast with the harsh aggressive ones of Morten Veland every now and then. If you compare the band with Epica, you can conclude that Epica is a tad heavier with more death metal sounding pieces.

Nevertheless this album sounds very heavy and has a top notch production. It is an almost 70 minutes long adventurous journey. The melodic parts go hand in hand with the faster pieces and this in combination with well arranged orchestral bombastic elements is a feast for your ears. Compared with the predecessor there aren't a lot of changes, but why change it when it all sounds so good. "Elixer" is a track with mighty choirs, a very contagious melody line and clean male and female singing parts combined with some grunts. "Sons Of the North" is again a lot heavier and reminds me of Epica. The same can be said about the next two tracks, bombastic, very orchestral and angelic vocals combined with harsh ones. Put on top of that the nice arrangements and the beautiful melodies and a lot of other bands in this genre can eat their heart out.

If I have to choose one song that impressed me most, it would be besides "Elixer" the song "The Silver Eye". If you want to know why, you should hear it for yourself and I think you will know.  The album ends with a ballad called "Tragedienne", in which the lovely angelic fragile voice of Ailyn rules and underlines that she is one of the best in the genre.

On this seventh album the band found a perfect balance between heavy and softer pieces. A job well done!

01. Seti
Once My Ligth
Sons Of the North
Concealed Disdain
Contemptuous Quitus
The Silver Eye
Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
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Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 24 April, 2015
Website: http://www.sirenia.no