| August 3, 2004|
23 February 2004
| Stargoth Studios, Tau, Norway
Sound Suite Studio, Marseille, France
September and October 2003|
Gothic metal, Symphonic metal
Sirenia albums, Gothic metal albums
An Elixir for Existence is the second studio album by the Norwegian gothic metal band Sirenia, released in 2004. The album follows in the same vein as the previous At Sixes and Sevens, but includes a new female vocalist, Henriette Bordvik.
A large number of the songs are concerned with mental conditions, be it depression ("Voices Within"), drug use ("Euphoria") or thoughts of suicide ("The Fall Within"); of course, the meanings of all of these songs are subject to further conjecture.
Morten Veland – guitars, harsh vocals (on all tracks except #6 & #9), bass guitar, keyboards, programming, drums
Henriette Bordvik – female vocals (on all tracks except #9)
Kristian Gundersen – clean male vocals (on tracks #3, #4 & #7)
Anne Verdot – violin (on tracks #2, #3, #4 & #6)
Damien Surian, Mathieu Landry, Emmanuelle Zoldan, Sandrine Gouttebel, Emilie Lesbros – choir (on all tracks except #6)
1Lithium and a Lover6:33An Elixir for Existence Wikipedia
3A Mental Symphony5:26