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SIRENIA, Morten Veland interview about 'Riddles, Ruins & Revelations'

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Morten Veland, SIRENIA's mastermind, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and producer, was the guest of ZanZanA Live Stream Interview hosted by Karim Benamor on tuesday February 16th.

Morten spoke about "Riddles, Ruins & Revelations", tenth studio album of the Symphonic metal institution SIRENIA, released on February 12 via Napalm Records. 




The questions :
  • The actuality is the release of "Riddles, Ruins & Revelations" 
  • Having an album just released is it the same sensation than having a baby born ?
  • We're fed up not going to concerts !
  • 10th album and 20 years of Sirenia, it was a long run !
  • introducing Michael Brush, new drummer in the lineup
  • 3rd album with Emanuelle Zoldan and 2d with Nils Courbaron
  • you nearly changed Emanuelle's carrier who was destinated to sing opera and now she's a metal singer
  • Having a brillant singer like Emanuelle does it let you compose the vocal part knowing that she can sing every thing?
  • Are you exploiting Emanuelle's voice at the maximum capability that she has ?
  • After 20 years, what is the Sirenia label ?
  • What comes first, the songs, the composition, he lyrics or the sound ?
  • What were the inspirations for this new album ?
  • What is the reason that made you bring more electronic in your music ?
  • How was the 80s sound an inspiration ?
  • From where came the idea to make the cover for Voyage Voyage Desireless song ?
  • The magical thing is that the bonus track becomes a single !
  • Voyage Voyage can extend Sirenia's fan base  and be broadcasted in non metal radios ?
  • What was you mood when you wrote the lyrics of "Riddles, Ruins & Revelations"
  • Do you open the compositions to other Sirenia's members ?
  • Do you gave Nils Courbaron orientations about his solo guitar ?
  • Playing with Carthagods on Metal Over Malta IV in 2018.
  • Do you listen to new Metal bands ?
  • Do you only listen to Gothic Metal Music ?
  • is Morten Veland workaholic ?
  • Did you spent your lockdown working on new Sirenia or Mortemia music ?
  • How Sirenia can maintain a band spirit with musicians that lives in different countries ?
  • How did you managed to shoot video clips for album promotion ?
  • What are you expectations for "Riddles, Ruins & Revelations" 
  • Do you read fans comments on social medias ?
  • Thank you for the interciew, last word to fans ?
  • Presenting "Addiction n° 1"



About Sirenia :

The quartet around mastermind, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and producer Morten Veland is certainly not afraid of combining a heavy symphonic sound with modern influences, which their latest record, Arcane Astral Aeons (2018) is proof of. This time, SIRENIA offer an exciting new twist to their songs, spicing them with electronic vibes, but never losing sight of their musical core.

The four-piece remains as true to their album title word-play as they do to their dedication to symphonic soundscapes, drawing the listener into a pounding narrative about the darkest aspects of life. All eleven songs accumulate step by step to an integral sound artwork, where the versatile mezzo soprano voice of singer Emmanuelle Zoldan always shines in high-profile.

Most parts of Riddles, Ruins & Revelations were recorded at Audio Avenue Studios in Stavanger, Norway, and mixed and mastered entirely by Morten Veland himself.

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