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Arkona w Sirenia @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Arkona is back in NYC and bringing along for the first time ever the band Sirenia from Norway. This early starting show will also feature two support acts so don’t be late. You can expect an early end to this performance as well based on the later evening Dance Hall happenings in the entire space.

Arkona Announces 15th Anniversary North American Tour with Sirenia

While there didn’t seem to be any word from the label itself, the Napalm Records recording artist Arkona have recently announced their imminent return to North America with the band Sirenia in tow. Check out the brief statement and the tour poster below. I’ll return with some thoughts at the close.

The Facebook Statement:
North America, we are going to celebrate our 15th Anniversary with you! Arkona is coming back in May to play a big special set for you on tour with Sirenia! Expect new songs and also you favorites!
Support is coming from MindMaze, Graveshadow and Sicosis!
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Revisiting “Metal Edge” Magazine: The CD Reviews – Part 9

These album overviews were originally written for Metal Edge Magazine when I was a contributor to their “Hear Us Out” CD reviews section back in 2006-2007. With the magazine wrapping up publication a few months ago, I decided to add them to the context of our PiercingMetal presentation. I felt that by doing this I would not only be raising the horns in remembrance of the magazine but would also be able to showcase just how different writing for a major publication was when it all came down to it. Since “Hear Us Out” notations were usually “100” words in length, these posts will feature several reviews each until we run out of them. The freelance writing tenure at Metal Edge Magazine was discussed on THIS LINK so please check that out when done. Here are the reviews, so “Hear Us Out”.

Righteous Jams: “Business As Usual” (Abacus Records)

As much as I think elements of Hardcore truly work in the various brands of Metal as we have seen in bands like All That Remains, and I Killed The Prom Queen we are pointed out to how stagnant it can be if there is no change whatsoever. The RJ guys surely give it their all but there is nothing that stands out on this release and much of it comes across as repetitive. Similar riffs and vocals on top of a very short album make this as uninspiring as it was uninteresting for me. Want something original? Keep looking.

Sentenced: “Buried Alive” (Century Media Records)

Live recordings are not unusual these days but one that captures the final show in a bands career are rare. Presenting Buried Alive as it brings you the end of the band Sentenced who ended their life on The Funeral Album (their studio recorded suicide note to the world). The concert features most of that album as well as older material and allows their fans to pay last respects one final time before the casket is lowered into the ground. The intended purpose of this Dark Gothic Metal band completed, its members have moved on. May they Rest in Peace.
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“Nine Destinies and a Downfall” by Sirenia

Artist: Sirenia
Title: “Nine Destinies and a Downfall”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 3/20/2007
Genre: Gothic Metal
Rating: 4/5

It is probably no accident that Sirenia; the band that was founded by Morten Veland in 2001, has a very Tristania-like vibe. I am guessing that his origins with the band from their beginnings have a lot to do with it. Yet with Sirenia there seem to be many levels of accessibility that you don’t get right away with Tristania, and I mean nothing against them for I love their latest release very much. “Nine Destinies And A Downfall” has tracks like “Mind’s Eye” that will have you singing along after the first listen and few bands can offer you this luxury especially when it comes to the Gothic Metal genre. The key lies largely in the skills of Veland as a songwriter and also in the bands new singer Monika Pedersen. She was an exceptional find and while some of the bands original fans might be distressed at the loss of the singer they were used to, I strongly feel that Monika will quickly win them over with her beautiful and passionate melodies. The appeal of this Gothic Metal band has increased based on their ability to use the known formulas in the genre of the siren singer along with the darker male presence, lifting choruses on top of foreboding grooves and pounding rhythms. Yes, I know all these kind of bands use that formula but Sirenia also has made sure to load this working mechanic into songs that are catchy and easy to remember without losing an ounce of their impact or dark appeal. “The Other Side” is the next most accessible track with a pumping chorus that gets bigger the moment you raise the volume on the stereo. As I listened to them I felt that those who like Leaves Eyes and Within Temptation might appreciate them the most and perhaps even a few who enjoy Evanescence.
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