Band Photo: Sirenia (?)
From: Stavanger, Norway
Last Known Status: Active
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Below is our complete Sirenia news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Nuclear Blast has announced the signing of Sirenia.
Having been a staple in the gothic/metal/rock scene for years, the Norwegian band founded in early 2001 by former Tristania mastermind Marten Veland have released two successful albums to date ("At Sixes and Sevens" and "An Elixir for Existence") and recently toured Europe with Tiamat, Pain and Theatre of Tragedy.
Sirenia guitarist Morten Veland comments: "Sirenia are proud to have teamed up with Nuclear Blast. Together we will keep up the flame, and bring out the best music we could possibly offer for many years to come!"
Currently, the three main members of Sirenia - Morten Veland (guitars, growls), Henriette Bordvik (voices) and Jonathan Perez (drums, percussion) - are working on new material for their debüt on Nuclear Blast, as they write on their website:
The last couple of months have been spent on creating new songs alongside our touring-activity. We have tons of ideas to pick from and will most likely spend the next few months on perfecting the best of this material. All the songs are meant for our next full-lenght album that most likely will be out in the beginning of next year.
Freelance writer Bryan Reesman has submitted the following report to GRAMMY.com:
If the multi-platinum success of EVANESCENCE proved to narrow-minded rock jocks that female-fronted metal bands were viable, a fresh wave of melodic European headbangers should cement that affirmation, with their distinct blend of heavy guitars, symphonic underpinnings and soaring female vocals. Thanks to the breakthrough of "Fallen", like-minded groups that court gothic and classical influences are starting to find success on American shores.
"For quite a number of years we've personally loved that sound and tried to champion it," declares Marco Barbieri, president of the Century Family of labels that includes Century Media and Nuclear Blast. "We initially liked the European, gothic-inspired stuff that came out of some of the doom and death metal bands of the early '90s. When women started joining these bands, they made it that much more exciting and compelling."
Their sounds are quite distinct. NIGHTWISH blends gothic brooding with intense guitars and classical bombast. Their recent album, "Once", features orchestra, choir and a Native American flute player. LACUNA COIL play gothic-tinged heavy rock that invokes a more aggressive Evanescence (and they have been around much longer). LEAVES' EYES, lead by former THEATRE OF TRAGEDY singer Liv Kristine, serve up dreamy, medieval-style metal. All of these bands employ lush keyboards and often contrast their beautiful female singing with harsh male growls normally reserved for death metal. That latter concept may not sound commercial, but EVANESCENCE may have paved the way for its acceptance through the male rap-metal exchanges of "Bring Me To Life".
Odin Thompson, label manager for Napalm Records USA and Moribund Records, sees a basic appeal for these groups — they write great music." These bands bring that heavy edge but inject it with melody and arrangements that have been long lost from rock and roll ," he asserts. "They also offer light to the normally dark world of heavy metal, which makes them special amongst their peers." Thompson believes this subgenre has the potential for tremendous commercial success at a major label level, something Napalm has strongly believed in for years with acts like SINS OF THY BELOVED, TRISTANIA and SIRENIA.
"I'm sure the majors are probably working on their own [groups]," surmises Barbieri. "I feared that a lot of manufactured, female-fronted bands would be coming out after the first EVANESCENCE single. Thankfully we've been spared that from the corporations, and it's being done the right way. Those that have been doing it [awhile] are gaining presence and profile."
The most obvious example of such visibility is Italy's LACUNA COIL, whose two-year-old album "Comalies" scanned more than 200,000 units domestically, cracking the Billboard Top 200 for several weeks last year after extensive grassroots development on radio, video play on Fuse and MTV2, and tours with P.O.D. and Ozzfest.
Read the full article at Grammy.com.
SIRENIA, the Norwegian gothic metal band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have fulfilled their contractual obligations to the Napalm label and are currently in negotiations for a new record deal, according to a posting on the group's web site.
SIRENIA's most recent release was the "Sirenian Shores" EP, available now on Napalm Records. The band, who parted ways with guitarist/"clean" vocalist Kristian Gundersen last summer due to his commitments to his other groups, NEW BREED and ELUSIVE, completed a two-week European tour with TIAMAT, PAIN and THEATRE OF TRAGEDY last month.
This year, Metalunderground.com is figuratively handing out an award of its own for "Best Metal Album of The Year." Everyone else hands out "best of year" awards or lists, so why shouldn't we? Afterall, the staff here at metalunderground.com has very diverse tastes, and we know our metal. So this year I asked each of our writers to pick their top 5 albums of 2004 and rank them form 1 to 5. What I saw was a lot of different opinions, but among the differences, two albums rose to the top.
Without further ado...[drum roll, please]...the winner of Metalunderground.com's "Best Metal Album of The Year" honor for 2004 is: More...
Norwegian Gothic metallers SIRENIA have issued the following statement:
Jonathan [drums] does not have the possibility to join the up-coming European tour, but everyone can be assured that there is absolutely no need to worry. Roland Navratil(Edenbridge) will fill in on drums and the tour will go on just as planned, with full fucking power! We are looking forward to see you all there, in one town or another. Cheers!
Pain is back with a brand new single coming up in January/February 2005 "Same Old Song" taken from the forthcoming album "Dancing With The Dead," which will hit the stores in February/March 2005. Peter agrees that Pain's melodies and riffs are stronger throughout the new album. "I have concentrated more on the actual songwriting - strong melodies, good riffs - as well as making sure the programming is less straight-ahead and grooves more." So expect a fucking killer album!!!
Album Tracklisting: More...
SIRENIA, the Norwegian gothic metal band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have announced the addition of session guitarist Bjørnar Landa for their upcoming European tour with TIAMAT, PAIN and THEATRE OF TRAGEDY. Landa joins the group as the temporary replacemen for guitarist/"clean" vocalist Kristian Gundersen, who left the band this past summer due to his commitments to his other groups, NEW BREED and ELUSIVE.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Tiamat's upcoming live appearance in Krakow, Poland on January 13, 2005 will be filmed for an upcoming DVD.
Tiamat will be joined by Theatre Of Tragedy, Pain and Sirenia for a two-week European tour, starting in late December.
Tiamat's Johan Edlund had the following to say about the upcoming trek: "I'm sorry that we didn't tour earlier to the release of the 'Prey' album last year. But I would like to thank everybody who showed up at the summer festivals we did. Finally we are going on tour with Theatre Of Tragedy, Pain and Sirenia. All bands are good friends of us, so feel welcome to join our family. You can expect a fine selection of old and new songs and even some tracks we never played live before."
As previously reported, Norwegian fiends THEATRE OF TRAGEDY will be teaming up with their Scandinavian mates from TIAMAT, SIRENIA and PAIN for a 2 week long European tour. Exact dates include: More...
The Sirenia website has been updated with the lyrics and a sample from the new MCD of the band, entitled "Sirenian Shores." Check them out here.
Norway's Theatre Of Tragedy have confirmed reports that they will be embarking on a two-week European tour with Tiamat, Pain and Sirenia beginning in late December and ending January 9, 2005. Countries that will most likely be visited by the band include Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria. These will be the group's first shows outside Norway featuring Theatre Of Tragedy's new singer Nell (The Crest). Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
From the official website of the Norwegian band:
Kristian (Gundersen) has decided to part ways with Sirenia in order to concentrate on his other projects. We would like to wish him all the best for the future and extend our gratitude for almost 4 years of rock n' roll cooperation. Goth bless you Kris! Currently the band is auditioning new guitar players.
Alex Krull and his wife, Liv Kristine Espenæs will be touring Europe with their closely cooperating bands- ATROCITY and LEAVES EYES'.
Confirmed dates include: More...
"Resurrection" is the new CD of Forever Slave. You will find dark ambients, violins, chorus, a main female voice by gothic model Lady Angellyca and powerful guitars by Servalath and Oswalth (Vampiria) in this CD. Kristian Gundersen (guitar and singer in bands like Sirenia) collaborates in lyrics.
You can find more info at www.foreverslave.com.