Prequel of an album

-- Serenity --

David Hardy

Album genres:
Symphonic power metal
Album artists:
Georg Neuhauser Lead Vocal
Fabio D'Amore Bass, vocals
Andreas Schipflinger Drums, vocals
Marco Pastorino Guitars, vocals
Christian Hermsdörfer Guitars, vocals


Okay kids, what better way to start a new season than with a power symphonic metal sound? ... Inspiring, engaging ... the kind of thing that gets your chest out and your chin up? In fact, here's the latest single from "Serenity", an Austrian band that clearly makes you want to get up and go whip some manants and beggars with a halberd!
I'm sorry to say that I'm too far ahead of schedule to tell you more about the album! It won't be out until October 27! So you'll have to make do with this little aperitif, just as I did ... believe me, I don't like it, but I couldn't pass it up!

So, what's this?

Well, The Fall of man is the first track on the single of the same name. It features Roy Khan (sorry!) and sets the scene straight away. You know it's the kind of track you're going to call up in your Monday playlist so you can arrive at work like a warrior and your colleagues will wonder if you've taken an illicit product to be in such great shape on a Monday! "Que néni" (no) as they say where I come from! It's metal running through my veins! 
What can I say? It's powerful, the vocals are ... deep, just right, technically perfect, inspiring, the guitar solo is right where you expect it and not too invasive, the drums support everything exactly as it should, ... I feel like telling you that it's built like a knight! Metal, muscle, a big heart and a tear-jerking ending! I wouldn't know how to put it any other way than in these few words! A track just the way we like them, and one that fits into my own Monday playlist, ... that's saying a lot

So, this second track, "Ritter, Tod und Teufel (Knightfall)", what do you think? Well, to be honest, I liked it a little less than the previous one. Far be it from me to say that it's bad! I'd just say that I'm less excited, less in the "let's let the horses go" mode. I find it a little pompous, grandiloquent, almost Religious, an end credits title that recalls the exploits and where we see the names of the stars and their most beautiful smile in the film ... Perfect at this moment, but, voilà, the presence of brass, organ etc, also do the job of setting up, ... well in place. If I had to compare it to something, I'd say it'd be more like a Gothic / neo-Gothic Cathedral, massive, with beautiful ornamentation, organ and trumpets, but some finesse giving the counterweight to the imposing side of the thing. (Rereading note: After reading the e-mail from their agency, I understand that I was in the right! This reassures me and allows me to say that they totally hit the mark! Bravo!)

Any conclusion ?

This is a foretaste of what's to come on the "Nemesis AD" album, which will be available on October 27 in a variety of formats, including collector's items! I therefore invite you to go to their website to pre-order, as certain items are likely to go extremely quickly!
I'm really looking forward to this album, because as much as the first track (The Fall of Man) really got me going, with the second, they managed to convey exactly what they had in mind, which shows that they really know what they're doing, and that EVERYTHING is put into making this album a success! Everything technical is there, everything compositional is there, and I'm sure that if I put the monitors on I'd get the same feeling about the studio work. There's only one thing I can do, and that's wait until I can enjoy this future big album.
Oh, yes, I almost forgot. The choice of featuring Roy Khan is a very clever one, because, apart from the name, it "fits" exactly! And that's priceless!

The sentence:

For the artistic choices, the construction, the performance, the assembly, the mixing, I'd be tempted to give a very good mark. However, it's always very difficult to assess a woman's worth by only seeing the part she doesn't want to show! The same goes for albums! Guys, I wasn't born yesterday! To give a real opinion, I'll have to wait and see, or rather listen to the rest!
Just so you know, as far as I know, I'd give it a score of 8.7! I like it a lot, but I'm not getting carried away yet, for the reason given above!