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Sirenia Guitarist Plans On Releasing Side Project

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In a recent interview with Metalunderground Sirenia guitarist Morten Veland revealed that he is planning on releasing a side project. Excerpts from the interview are below.

xFiruath: Is Sirenia the only band you’re working with now or are you involved with any other projects?

Morten: Sirenia is the only band but in many ways I look at myself as a songwriter instead of a musician. I’m writing a lot of material and lot of the material that I write is falling outside the typical frames of what I like to use in Sirenia’s music. A lot of the stuff is really good and too good to just be thrown away. I’ve been playing around for quite some time now with the thought of putting together a side project with this music. It’s something that I’m working on in between when I have available time. I think it’s very possible that I will release a side project, maybe this year or maybe next year. Somewhere in the near future.

xFiruath: That sounds great! How are those songs different from the standard Sirenia songs?

Morten: With Sirenia I always try to put a lot of focus on the melodic aspect and there are certain things that are important to me. When I put together a Sirenia album I try to have a different expression for every song on the album. Sometimes I write a lot of material that some of it that musically it has something in common with Sirenia but with the side project I’m doing it will be more extreme. More back to the roots like music I was playing 10 or 15 years ago. A little bit more in that direction while Sirenia is something that I do that comes natural for me in a way. With the other projects it’s things I did back in the early days. Some of it is maybe a bit too extreme, composition wise, compared to Sirenia these days. It’s a lot of different stuff. I probably have enough different material to put together three, four, even five projects. Right now I haven’t decided totally how the side project will be but I have a lot of ideas and a lot of material that I’m working out just to finalize some songs for the project. The way it looks at the moment the side project will probably remind people more of what I was composing ten years ago, but of course I’ll try to put it in a new and fresh format with a more modern production on it.

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