October 8, 2015
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Gothic Metal
1. The Path To Decay (04:18)
2. Lost In Life (03:12)
3. The Mind Maelstrom (04:48)
4. The Seventh Summer (05:22)
5. Beyond Life’s Scenery (04:33)
6. The Lucid Door (04:49)
7. Led Astray (04:35)
8. Winterborn 77 (05:33)
9. Sirens Of The Seven Seas (05:14)
10. The Path To Decay (radio mix) (03:35)
11. The Mind Maelstrom (instrumental) (04:50)
12. Winterborn 77 (instrumental) (05:34)
Total Length: 56:21
The Path To Decay is a very solid opening track. The chorus can get stuck in your head for days, the solo is restrained but great, and the mixture of vocal types keeps each moment fresh. Lost In Life is kind of great too. Again I love the chorus, and the sound of each instrument is just so well made. The Mind Maelstrom kind of has one great idea and repeats it a lot. It’s certainly well done, but not up to the standards of the first two tracks.
The Seventh Summer is a little better, but the song goes on a bit too long honestly. I really enjoy the chorus though. Beyond Life’s Scenery is a bit boring, but as always the vocals are the shining, saving grace. The guitar riff is really simple and not that interesting, but the rest helps make up for it. The Lucid Door has some great moments as well, but to be honest the album starts to lose me a bit here. I still enjoy it, but for whatever reason I just can’t connect to it.
Led Astray has some beautiful moments to it even though I’m still having a similar issue to the previous song. Winterborn 77 has some great arrangements, all the instruments have their own little bits that all work really well. Not my favorite track, but good. Sirens Of The Seven Seas feels like a song from a different band, and it gives just enough of a change at the end of the album to feel fresh. A good note to end on.
The bonus tracks start with the radio mix/edit of The Path To Decay. It’s a good 45 seconds shorter, and it still works fine. The instrumental versions of The Mind Maelstrom and Winterborn 77 both do that thing that always annoys me. They only removed the lead vocals, so all the choir vocals are still there. I suppose then these tracks would work for karaoke, but it just feels disingenuous to me to label it as an instrumental when it’s kind of not. The tracks are both fine in this manner though. The whole album has a lot of great moments, but it really doesn’t quite come together for me. It has grown on me though, and I enjoy it more than I did the first go-around.
Final Rating: 7.5/10
January 26, 2013
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Gothic Metal
1. The Last Call (04:45)
2. My Mind’s Eye (03:38)
3. One By One (05:30)
4. Sundown (05:05)
5. Absent Without Leave (04:54)
6. The Other Side (03:55)
7. Seven Keys And Nine Doors (04:56)
8. Downfall (04:44)
9. Glades Of Summer (05:36)
10. My Mind’s Eye (radio edit) (03:15)
Total Length: 46:19
The Last Call is a strong opening track. I quite like the female vocals here, and the main riff works well in conjunction. This type of metal is one I really, really like in concept but the execution can definitely be flawed easily. My Mind’s Eye has a solid chorus, but the rest of the song kind of passes by without me realizing it. One By One has some neat vocal moments but otherwise doesn’t do too much for me. Sundown has this album’s first use of harsh vocals, and they are a nice change of pace and help the song stand out.
Absent Without Leave is pretty similar to all the tracks so far, and it blends together and makes the song bland. The Other Side has some good vocal moments though, I especially like the choral stuff on this track. Seven keys And Nine Doors tries to be a bigger song but honestly kind of bores me. Downfall has some nice moments in it at least. Glades Of Summer is a fairly good ending track. It tries something ever so slightly different.
The radio edit of My Mind’s Eye is only about 20 seconds shorter, almost not worth the difference, but it’s still a fine song. I said that statement at the beginning about this genre because it holds true on this album. I really like the first few songs on here, but after about halfway through the album I start to lose track of solid ground. I can’t decide whether or not I like a song because it sounds the same as the others or just plain doesn’t interest me. I had hoped that this one would grow on me over time, but I’m not so sure it has in any manner.
Final Rating: 7/10
October 16, 2012
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Gothic Symphonic Metal
1. Sirenian Shores (06:02)
2. Save Me From Myself (remix) (05:05)
3. Meridian (acoustic) (04:05)
4. First We Take Manhattan (03:56)
5. Obire Mortem (02:23)
Total Length: 21:31
This is just an EP by the band, and like most metal EPs has a couple main tracks and some things you can maybe ignore. Sirenian Shores is a new track with a quick intro that will be pretty much immortalized in your mind, and the mixture of vocals can always keep you on your toes. It’s a pretty good song but the main issue I have with this band is songs that don’t seem fulfilling. They are nice to listen to but when it’s done you don’t remember too much and realize it didn’t really affect you. The mix is also a bit weird as well.
Save Me From Myself was originally on the band’s second album, and this is a remixed version. The song has a very X-Files vibe and it is pretty catchy. Meridian was on the first album, and this time is recorded in an acoustic version. Surprisingly the song works well without the heavy guitars and the melodic elements are at the forefront. First We Take Manhattan is a cover of Leonard Cohen. The difference in songwriting and arrangement is immediately noticeable and does make me with Sirenia would try not overdoing it in their original stuff sometimes.
Obire Mortem feels more like an intro track to a full album than a standalone song, let alone an ending one on an EP. That said, it has some neat ideas that should have been expanded on more. Like most EPs, this is a neat blip for the band trying out some different ideas, and at that it succeeds.
Final Rating: 8/10