Review: Sirenia – Dim Days of Dolor – Napalm Records – Release: 11-11-2016.
The grandmaster of Norwegian gothic symphonic metal Morten Veland is back! About a year and a half since the excellent “The Seventh Life Path” we are graced with another masterpiece filled with emotion, dramatic music and the main light focused on new main vocalist Emmanuelle Zoldan. Far from being a new voice in the band she has been doing choir parts for the band since 2004’s “An Elixer For Existence”. Yet as opener ‘Goddess of the Sea’ shows her voice has a huge impact on the music. Whereas previous vocalists often sang in a higher range Emmanuelle’s voice is deeper and gives a lot more weight to the music, whilst still being very dynamic.
Dynamic also goes for the music as there are of course the darker songs like the aforementioned opener and ‘Cloud Nine’, but also softer more catchy songs like the very uplifting title track and of course a quite subdued song in the closer ‘Aeon’s Embrace’.
Overall “Dim Days of Dolor” seems to be lighter of tone than the previous album, focusing a lot more on somewhat light-hearted melodies as well. There are still more than enough heavy passages, especially when Morten unleashes his growls, but his increased use of his normal singing as well as a truckload of catchy lead guitar work make this album an easy ear catcher.
However, don’t let that put you off, because there’s so much to find in every song that you’ll be spinning the album for a long time to come
Score: 4.6 out of 5
Text by: Robert Popovic