“Dim Days of Dolor”,
release date: 11/11/2016
playing time: ~ 56 minutes
ranking: 7,5 / 10
The first album with a new singer is often highly by the fans and a bit dreaded. “How does the new singer sound and will she fit into the band? Will I still like them?” are questions that occur very frequently.
Sirenia is surely one of the bands which is experienced with changing singers. After they went separate ways with Ailyn this year, Sirenia has announced Emmanuelle Zoldan to be her successor.
On November 11th, 2016 Sirenia are releasing their new album called “Dim Days of Dolor”, which will make fans decide whether they like Emmanuelle as Ailyn’s successor. It is going to be Sirenia’s 18th studio album and will feature eleven new songs. The overall playing time is around 56 minutes.
First let me tell you more about the new singer because a change of this position in a band is always recognized first.
Emmanuelle isn’t exactly new to Sirenia. She has been a member of their choir for around thirteen years now. For Sirenia fans it will still be a huge change since her voice is very different compared to Ailyn’s. While Ailyn’s voice has a rock and pop sound, Emmanuelle shines with a sharp and flawless opera voice. It definitely brings a fresh sound to this album, which may sound slightly uninspired at times though. Moreover, the songs do not differ in style very much, so there isn’t one that stands out.
This time Sirenia rather focused on a melodic approach, therefore violins are used constantly. The album as a whole isn’t very heavy and misses a certain edge. Some songs simply don’t attract attention. The growls from mastermind Morten Veland are rarely used and the guitars stay in the background most of the time.
One of the highlights of this album is “The 12th Hour”, which was uploaded on YouTube by the label. It contains all the elements that would have made this album a great one. It has a really unique beginning with Emmanuelle’s outstanding high vocals, keyboard and the ticking of a clock. The refrain is absolutely catchy. The song is mostly fast and heavy and the guitars
To put it in a nutshell Fans of symphonic metal spiced with a touch of gothic should also give it a try.