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The 13th Floor (Exclusive Bonus Version)

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Album Review

Never let it be said that Sirenia aren't a revolving door when it comes to female lead singers. First, in 2001, they employed Fabienne Gondamin, who was replaced by Henriette Bordvik later that year — and after Bordvik's 2005 departure, Monica Pederson became her replacement in 2006. Pederson left in 2007, and Sirenia hired Spanish vocalist Ailyn as their fourth female lead singer in 2008. 13th Floor, Sirenia's first album with Ailyn, finds them continuing to move in a more commercial direction than they favored in the early 2000s. Sirenia's work is still goth metal, although it is goth metal with a lot of pop appeal. Some metalheads will no doubt accuse this early-2009 release of being a sellout; anyone who called 2007's Nine Destinies and a Downfall a sellout will say the same thing about 13th Floor. But be that as it may, melancholy offerings such as "The Seventh Summer," "Lost in Life," and "The Path to Decay" are enjoyably infectious — and Ailyn's performances have a girlish quality that adds to the pop factor but isn't without goth qualities. 13th Floor has some death metal-ish Cookie Monster growls thanks to Morten Veland; contrasting with Ailyn's singing, those growls give the 42-minute CD a touch of "Beauty and the Beast" appeal at times. But his growls aren't nearly as prominent as Ailyn's singing, and they don't really detract from the overall poppiness of 13th Floor. This isn't Sirenia's most essential album or their most ambitious, but in terms of hooks and catchiness, 13th Floor is a success.

Customer Reviews

Bring back the old stuff...

...oh wait that will never happen... Just like Lacuna Coil, Sirenia goes totally mainstream too with this recent release. You can not even compare this album to An Elixer For Existence or At Sixes and Sevens. If you like good metal and not this pop-infused wanna be stuff, then you will listen to the older Sirenia and appreciate where they started from. Also check out Tristania, their older stuff is amazing too, not the new garbage.

Really?

Really? this is SIRENIA?

they started out AMAZING with "At Sixes And Sevens" followed strongly by "An Elixir For Existence". The mcd "Sirenian Shores" was pretty awesome. Then they came out with "Nine Destinies And A Downfall" which was...eh not my favorite. Or until this album came out. This takes the cake.

Great Singer Choice

The singer's voice rules. I like her way better than the other singer. Not all of the songs are great. Song 1 is the best. Suprised they got this so soon after the release date. Good Job I Tunes! Try to get all of the Within Temptation stuff too.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Somehow, leading Norway's Tristania to the top of the goth metal heap wasn't enough for vocalist/guitarist Morten Veland, who unilaterally seceded from the union in the year 2000 to found a brand-spanking-new though similar-sounding band named Sirenia. Picking up pretty much where he'd left off stylistically, Veland hand-picked compatriots Kristian Gundersen (clean vocals, guitar), Hans Henrik Varland (keyboards), and French singer Fabienne Gondamin to quickly perform on the following year's At Sixes...
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