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13th Floor Import

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Limited enhanced digipak edition of this 2009 release from the Norwegian Metal band featuring three bonus tracks: 'The Path To Decay' (Radio Mix) and instrumental versions of 'The Mind Maelstrom' and 'Winterbornn 77'. In 2006 Sirenia released Nine Destinies And A Downfall which turned out to sound more powerful and heavier than its two predecessors. The album gained the band access to a broader audience. The 13th Floor is the logical continuation of what the band did in the past years and will definitely take Sirenia to the next level, that is for sure! A must-have for fans of Nightwish, Lacuna Coil and Evanescence. Nuclear Blast.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Path to Decay
  2. Lost in Life
  3. The Mind Maelstrom
  4. The Seventh Summer
  5. Beyond Lifes Scenery
  6. The Lucid Door
  7. Led Astray
  8. Winterborn 77
  9. Sirens of the Seven Seas
  10. The Path To Decay (radio mix)
  11. The Mind Maelstrom (instrumental)
  12. Winterborn 77 (instrumental)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Barry on July 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
A Review by Jenna K. Barry (Originally Published on [...])

Fans of earlier Sirenia offerings will find a satisfying fusion of both style and performance with The 13th Floor. This band, founded by the ambitious Morten Veland (formerly of Tristania), has thrived despite the fact that Sirenia has gone through three female singers already. This release is the first to feature the Spanish X-Factor contestant, Ailyn. Several of her covers on YouTube left me dubious, but I have just listened to The 13th Floor in its entirety. Though not, in my opinion, a masterpiece, it is clearly a step in the right direction for a band whose last release floundered in the sea of femme metal albums.

"The Path To Decay" at first sounds like a continuation of Nine Destinies And A Downfall. Then a strangely alluring female voice begins to cast a distinctive spell and it becomes clear that, although the music is still accessible as on the previous release, Morten has managed to find a singer who combines the qualities of all her predecessors. The song is very catchy and a great one if you like songs that are easy to belt out until the neighbors complain!

The lyrics lack the evocative feel of the first two albums, and Ailyn can be hard to understand. "Lost In Life" is pretty straightforward, with a jaunty tune. A real highlight is the compelling song, "The Mind Maelstrom." It could be the choirs, which feature strongly. I think it is arguably the most superior song on the album, with some of the complexity I had come to miss from Sirenia.

"The Seventh Summer" features a beautiful intro with a flourish! The orchestral beginning is reminescent of earlier releases. The addition of growls is a welcome surprise after the scarcity on the last album.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Formerly known as on February 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
As a long-time fan of over a decade who as followed Morten Veland since the good ol' Tristania days, I felt that a review was necessary to inform other veteran fans of the quality of this album.

I speak from the perspective of a fan who loved the variety and surprises of the first two Sirenia albums and one who will always regard Beyond the Veil as one of the greatest gothic metal albums of all time.

The Good:

This album contains elements of the first two albums in terms of variety and has a less overall poppy sound. Morten appears a bit more and there are more breaks from the traditional "verse-chorus, verse chorus" formula that was so over-used on Nine Destinies and a Downfall. Just listen to Winterborn 77 as proof that Veland has not forgotten how to write epic music.

Ailyn does a better job on mixing her vocal style than Monika, while sounding very similar to her at the same time. I still prefer Fabian's vocals from At Sixes and Sevens to compliment Sirenia's sound.

The Bad:

The first couple of songs are in the vein of "Nine Destinies." It's as if Veland heard the complaints from the last album and thought, "Okay. I'll make a more 'Sirenia-like' album, but I still need to record a couple of poppy songs to put on the radio." Fair enough. The band does need to generate revenue and "pop-ularity" can help with that. I mean, just looking at how blatantly similar the album cover looks to Evanescence's "The Open Door" cover shows what audience is being targeted here.

The songs have a bit more variety but as a whole, the album does not reach the caliber of variety and surprise of the first two albums simply because of the lack of male vocals.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ShadowPlay on August 5, 2009
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The album has a couple of fillers but most are killers, in my opinion.
Great production, as usual for these guys.
Her voice is good 80 percent of the time. Can sound like a cat screeching and a bit 'flat' in small parts, but overall pretty cool performance, i think.
If you are a fan of female fronted metal, I think it's definitely a must for your collection.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick Shredder on April 2, 2011
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This is my first Sirenia album. I bought it because I like Ailyn's vocals. This album is great. Every song on it is awesome. It's hard, heavy, dark, and beautiful at the same time. A nice balance.

What I really enjoy about is that it has nice symphonic arrangements in certain areas, but they never over power the musics hard sound. Some other bands in the genre let the symphonic sounds over power a song, and I think that detracts from the songs heaviness, darkness, and hardness. Sirenia does not allow that to happen here. The bass and drums always bring your focus back to the hard and fast nature of the music after a nice melodic classical interlude or choir section. But the point is not the classical interlude or choir section. They're just a beautiful break in the song then it's right back to a nice hard rhythm.

I really like Ailyn's vocals. They're great. That's ultimately why I decided to buy the album. And she's freaking hot! Anyway, other reviewers bashed the harsh male vocals. I thought they were great. They were a nice complement to Ailyn's beautiful voice. The reason is is that some of the songs go in a very hard direction and they need heavier vocals is parts to get the job done. Ailyn's great, but she can't sell the hardness with her beautiful voice. The music needs a masculine voice to sell the hardness, then it returns to Ailyn's beautiful lead vocals. I just think of it as Ailyn is there to give the music and the band a beautiful touch, and Morten does all the dirty work that a lady should not do. I think it works really well. It's an interesting dynamic. This is one of my favorite albums.
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Why is Sirenia's New CD the 13th Floor so highly priced?
I think it's because this IS the import. There will be a US release, but they don't seem to know the date yet. So just keep an eye out, I'm pretty sure there will be a normal-priced US release up soon.
Jan 6, 2009 by k93 |  See all 6 posts
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