Sirenia - The Enigma Of Life

6.9 | 213 votes |
Release date: 21 January 2011
Style: Symphonic gothic metal


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01. The End Of It All
02. Fallen Angel
03. All My Dreams
04. This Darkness
05. The Twilight In Your Eyes
06. Winter Land
07. A Seaside Serenade
08. Darkened Days To Come
09. Coming Down
10. This Lonely Lake
11. Fading Star
12. The Enigma Of Life
13. Oscura Realidad [bonus]
14. The Enigma Of Life [acoustic version] [bonus]

Additional info
Ailyn - Vocals
Morten Veland - Clean/Harsh Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Programming

"The Enigma Of Life" was written, composed and arranged by Morten Veland

Sessions musicians:
Stephanie Valentin - Violins

The Sirenian Choir:
Damien Surian, Mathieu Landry, Emmanuelle ZOldan, Sandrine Gouttebel, Emilie

Spanish translations of the songs "El Enigma de la Vida" and "Oscura Realidad"
by Ailyn.

"The Enigma Of Life" was recorded in Audio Avenue Studios (Tau, N).
Additinal recordings of choirs, acoustic guitars ann violin were recorded in
Sound Suite Stuidos (Marseille, F).
Recorded between July and November 2010 at Sound Suite Studio.
All songs written by Morten Veland.

Produced, mixed and engineered by Morten Veland
Pre-Produced in Audio Avenue Studios (Tau, N)
Mastered by Mika Jussila, FInnvox.

A+R: Jaap Wagemaker

Cover artwork & design: Gustavo Sazes
Band Photos: Patric Ullaeus

Bonus tracks:
15. El Enigma De La Vida (iTunes bonus track)
16. El Enigma De La Vida (Acoustic Version) (North American bonus track)

Guest review by
Sirenia have returned to us almost exactly two years after their fourth album, The 13th Floor. I'll be honest, back in June 2010 when I first heard that Sirenia was making a new album, I was shocked for a few reasons. 1) The 13th Floor still felt new to me. 2) The songs on the new album would feel rushed because of the short wait, and 3) It's with the same singer! Holy Jesus! 2012 is coming! Yes, they have the same singer for this album. Anyway, so I was very excited when previews for The Enigma of Life were available. The previews were very good and I really did think this would be the best Sirenia record. Let's just say I was a little off.

published 20.06.2011 | Comments (1)

Staff review by
Morten Veland doesn't require any introduction, anyone interested in gothic metal has a special place in his heart concerning this Norwegian musician whose love for gothic rock and metal at the same time inspired him to walk upon his own path in the scene. The years have passed though and inspiration doesn't last forever, even if your role on early Tristania was crucial and you hold aces in the pack just like At Sixes And Sevens and An Elixir For Existence.

published 20.06.2011 | Comments (25)

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03.06.2013 - 23:20
Rating: 5
Black Knight
I think that the problem with this album stands with arrangements and production. Sure, there are less symphonic and orchestral elements, but hey, this is probably worst in terms of production... the second half is good though. A step downwards indeed... 13th Floor was a lot better.

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