Norwegian gothic metal band SIRENIA has parted ways with Danish singer Monika Pedersen due to "musical differences."
Commented Monika: "After much consideration I have chosen to leave SIRENIA, but I will continue with music. The reason is that we have too many musical differences, and I don't feel like it's the right band for me. I have had a great time in the band, lots of good experiences and only wish the best for the band in the future.
"I want to send a big 'thank you' to all the fans for your support — you haven't heard the last of me!"
The band added: "As a result of these circumstances SIRENIA will have to pull out of the planned European tour with THERION. The show in Athens will be postponed until May 2008. You have our apologies for this, SIRENIA will be back on the road next year. We will use the coming months to find a new singer, as well as composing music for our next album."
Fan-filmed video footage of SIRENIA's September 9, 2007 performance at the Rock Station Festival in Ankara, Turkey can be viewed below.
SIRENIA's new album, "Nine Destinies and a Downfall", entered the German Media Control chart in March at position No. 54. The album was recorded at Jailhouse studios in Norway with engineer Hans Eidsgard and Soundsuite studios in France with Terje Refsnes and was mixed and mastered at Antfarm studios in Aarhus, Denmark with Tue Madsen.
SIRENIA's video for the song "The Other Side" has been posted online at YouTube.com. The clip was helmed by the renowed Serbian production company I-Code (DEATHSTARS, HAMMERFALL, BLIND GUARDIAN, SCAR SYMMETRY), which previously worked with the group on the "My Mind's Eye" video.
"The Other Side":