I hesitated when deciding which style to put “Bloodred Salvation” under and for good reason. I wouldn’t class the last few IN FLAMES albums, for example, as Death Metal and nor would any Metalhead worth his or her salt – because the bands vague links with early 90s Death Metal have vanished in place of music better suited to a brand like “Melodic Pop Metal”. And although FALL OF SERENITY doesn’t fit into that genre I wouldn’t say they are that suited to the label of Death Metal, as they claim. So then, Germany greets us with yet another DEATH influenced melodic Metalcore band who throw in a few blasts beats and fast double-bass drumming to try to prove that they’re better than all those up-and-coming clones out there. Great.
To give you some sort of perspective on their sound, FALL OF SERENITY’s first demo was split with Metalcore label mates HEAVEN SHALL BURN, so you’ve probably got some idea of what to expect. Of course, “Bloodred Salvation” is played as well as anyone could expect, but then again the production is so suspiciously good that you end up wondering just how tight they would be live. And yes, I may be biased against this particular genre and in the eyes of an eager fan this band may punch out some “kick ass Metal”, but there really is nothing of any originality on display here. The guitar riffs are almost indistinguishable from the ones that every other American influenced European band out there is using, keyboards are thrown in occasionally, perhaps to alleviate from the incredulous boredom of the vocals, to little avail unfortunately. On the other hand the drums are moderately impressive, if only for the speed and technicality.
For me, there isn’t really a worthwhile track and the fact that the only two slightly redeeming songs are the two instrumentals, “Blood Starts Running” and the title track, is rather a depressing thought I must say. Even more discouraging is the fact that according to the information provided with the promo, these Germans have had the honour of opening for such bands as DISBELIEF, BEHEMOTH, VADER and wait for it… MARDUK and KATAKLYSM! Maybe I’m missing something here but it still seems as if people are under the impression that this is Death Metal, or at least something heavier than it really is. So, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER fans go right ahead and knock yourselves out but beware all those expecting a German version of SUFFOCATION or DECAPITATED. (Online June 20, 2006)