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Horror Tales about Vampires in Swedish interpreta - 75%

flowergatherer, April 29th, 2006

Siebenburgen is a good example of a band that managed to unleash a great debut album but failed to develop in the right direction.
Each of their follow-ups was weaker and duller then the previous one when normally it should be vice versa.

Speaking about Loreia, it`s very good atmospheric black with borrowings from folk and doom metal. Mostly it`s fast with memorable folky melodies and good thick guitarwork. All music is in traditional Nordic vein with occasional elements of doom and slow parts are also present. Drumming is very precise. Songs are very compact and range within 4-5 minutes length. That`s really the key-feature of this album`s novelty. Siebenburgen`s music isn`t very diverse but this perfect duration only serves them right. They do not get dull. Unfortunately already on Grimjaur they had lengthy songs with a shortage of riffs. Later they got even lengthier and thus hammering the final nail into their unholy casket.

Another highlight is a female vocalist. She has a pretty unusual voice and can use it well. It has a kind of shamanic eerie feeling to it. As they didn`t use synths on the album she perfectly replaced them with her voice and incorporated cello parts on the album as well. Marcus Ehlin`s voice is less spectacular, just normal black vocals, but thanks to the use of Swedish it still holds attention.

As you probably already guessed Siebenburgen`s lyrics are devoted to vampires and other dark stuff. Each song is a small dark fairy-tale or story.
Not knowing Swedish i can`t judge about their verses, but can state that both vocalists do try to sound convincing and dramatic like actors staging a kind of a horror play.

Loreia was like a breath of fresh air into already-beginning-to-get-commercialized black metal scene. Maybe it was slightly overdue but nevertheless it can easily rival with many good albums of the past. Anyway it`s a rather invigorating look-back upon the time when art meant much more than money.