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SERENITY unveil details about the upcoming album

Veröffentlicht am 21. August 2017 von Markus W. in Serenity, Melodic Metal, News, Symphonic Metal, Napalm Records, Heavy Metal

SERENITY unveil details about the upcoming album
A new era will begin on the 27th of October 2017, as Symphonic Metal masters Serenity are ready to release a brand new full-length album! Before the announcement of the album the band encouraged fans to guess the title of their upcoming effort via their socials. So were you able to guess it right? Here it is: "Lionheart"!
The band states:            
"Hear us roar!! After we spread Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus all over the world, which you made one of our most successful records ever, we will now feed your yearnings with another historical masterpiece: LIONHEART!!! Strong, powerful Symphonic Powermetal hymns mixed with emotions from the depth of our souls - follow us into this new era and show us your Lionheart!!!"
"Lionheart" was mixed and mastered by Jan Vacik at Dreamsound Studios. Gyula Havancsák at Hjules Design and Illustrations created the fantastic album artwork!
With a full grasp of stunning emotions and superior dramatic compositions these Austrian musicians are world class, already winners of the prestigious Amadeus Austrian Music Award 2017.  Their energy and joy of playing those fantastic Power Symphonic Metal-hymns can't be tamed. Heroic and heartfelt - it's almost impossible to not be carried away. Glorious melodies and the angelic voice of Georg Neuhauser join heavenly guitars and tremendous hooks! This is pure symphonic joy!
  1. The full Lionheart track listing reads as follows:
  2. Deus Lo Vult
  3. United
  4. Lionheart
  5. Hero
  6. Rising High
  7. Heaven
  8. King's Landing
  9. Eternal Victory
  10. Stand and Fight
  11. The Fortress (of Blood and Sand)
  12. Empire
  13. My Fantasy
  14. The Final Crusade

CD review SERENITY "Codex Atlanticus"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Serenity, Symphonic Metal, News, CD Review, Power Metal, Heavy Metal

(7/10) What to say about the new album. Actually there is quite some to tell.

The first things is, that Georg Neuhauser is again fully in charge of the vocals since Clementine Delauney left in 2015. This is a major change and I think, it helps the sound of the new record.

"Codex Atlanticus" is the fifth release of the Austrian/Italian/German band and it comes with 10 new songs introduced by the 2 minutes 'title track', which isn't more than a cineastic intro.

"Follow Me" is the real starting point. A short piano sequence leads to a powerful riff. Still the melody is in forefront throughout the entire tune and with the catchy chorus the opener reflects all the trademarks of Serenity.

Serenity sticks to what they can do best, playing powerful symphonic metal. The album contains hymns like "Sprouts of Terror" or the fast "Fate of Light" (one of the highlights on the album). There are the moderate paced numbers ("Caught in a Myth") and there is the obligatory ballad ("My Final Chapter"). Also the theatrical "Iniquity" is what you can expect and Serenity delivers.

All these compostitions aren't too bad, especially since the album got a quite good production too. The longplayer lives up to expectations but it also doesn't exceed those. In the end it's the real uniqueness that I'm missing.

Between all this solid and bombastic metal you'll find a downer too. "The Perfect Woman" ,a song that is a bit too much Meat Loaf inspired and is it only me hearing Zuccheros's "Senza una donna" in the chorus?

Serenity delivered a solid symphonic metal album that fulfills all expectations, for the good and the band. If the album helps the band to catch-up with bands like Startovarius and Kamelot is what the future will tell.





  1. Codex Atlanticus
  2. Follow Me
  3. Sprouts of Terror
  4. Iniquity
  5. Reason
  6. My Final Chapter
  7. Caught in a Myth
  8. Fast of Light
  9. The Perfect Woman
  10. The Order


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Release Date EU: January 29th, 2016

CD review SERENITY "Codex Atlanticus"

SERENITY tour dates 2016

Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2016 von Markus W. in Serenity, Tour, News, Symphonic Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Powerwolf, Kamelot

Symphonic metallers Serenity will be on the road during spring. The guys play some shows with their label mates Xandria, but also with Powerwolf and Kamelot. Sounds like cool packages and here are the dates:


Symphonic Metal Nights Part I
/w Xandria
02.02.2016 - Hamburg / Logo
03.02.2016 - Aschaffenburg / Colos Saal
04.02.2016 - München / Backstage
05.02.2016 - Linz / Central
06.02.2016 - Solothurn / Kofmehl
07.02.2016 - Bosco Marengo / LIVE23
09.02.2016 - Paris / Divan Du Monde
10.02.2016 - London / The Underworld
11.02.2016 - Zaandam / De Flux
12.02.2016 - Bochum / Matrix
13.02.2016 - Magdeburg / Factory
14.02.2016 - Berlin / K17
16.02.2016 - Zlin / Masters Of Rock Café
17.02.2016 - Wien / Szene
18.02.2016 - Aalen / Rock it
19.02.2016 - Bamberg / Live-Club
20.02.2016 - Kaiserslautern / Kammgarn
21.02.2016 - Vosselaar / BIEBOB

/w Powerwolf
26.03.2016 DE - Karlsruhe, Substage
27.03.2016 AT - Dornbirn, Conrad Sohm
28.03.2016 AT - Graz, Explosiv
31.03.2016 DE - Erfurt, HsB
01.04.2016 DE - Frankfurt, Batschkapp
03.04.2016 ES - Barcelona, Salamandra
04.04.2016 ES - Madrid, La Riviera
06.04.2016 FR - Toulouse, Bikini
07.04.2016 FR - Cognac, West Rock
08.04.2016 CH - Solothurn, Kofmehl


/w Kamelot
21.04.16 CZ - Praha / Meet Factory
22.04.16 DE - Andernach / JUZ Live Club
23.04.16 BE - Antwerpen / Muziekcentrum Trix
24.04.16 NL - Zwolle / Poppodium Hedon
26.04.16 CH - Solothurn / Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
27.04.16 CH - Luzern / Konzerthaus Schüür

SERENITY tour dates 2016

CD review PHANTASMA "The Deviant Heart"

Veröffentlicht am 30. November 2015 von Markus W. in Phantasma, Delain, Everon, Serenity, Symphonic Metal, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) Phantasma is the result out of the collaboration of Georg Neuhauser (Serenity), Oliver Philipps (Everon) and Charlotte Wessels (Delain). Reading those names raises quite some expectations.

And knowing that Tom S. Englund from Evergey plus some more great musicians have been involved in this project raises the curiousity to an even higher level.

But what we can see is that names isn't the only thing that makes a record exciting. Each of the musicinas is great in his/her field of expertice and also their contribution on the "The Deviant Heart" is really good.

After having listened to the album several times I have to conclude that what I've heard isn't neither fish nor fowl. The music on "The Deviant Heart" is positioned somewhere between the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Nightwish with a bit of Avantasia. That the main guys of Phantasma have the potential to get close to those bands from a quality point of view is undoubted. But what I miss on this album is the 'human factor', the edges and the pure emotional part. Everything sounds planned and structured. This makes the album to a more standard release with a lot of technical capabilities of the involved musicians. 

For me it feels like an idle opportunity to make something really big. The intention was there, the foundation was there, the result leaves some open questions.

However, fans of bands like Nightwish, Delain and Trans-Siberian Orchestra should check the album since I guess you will still find enough moments of joy.





  1. Incomplete
  2. The Deviant Heart
  3. Runaway Gray
  4. Try
  5. Enter Dreamscape
  6. Miserable Me
  7. The Lotus and The Willow
  8. Crimson Course
  9. Carry Me Home
  10. The Sound of Fear
  11. Novaturient
  12. Let It Die


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Release Date EU: November 20st, 2015

CD review PHANTASMA "The Deviant Heart"