Ralf had handed out a very good review for Austrian SERENITY and their “Engraved Within“ album and their countrymen of Napalm Records took the bait and scooped up the quintet in the course of their ongoing diversification program, now offering us their brand new album “Words Untold & Dreams Unlived”. And for that the Tyrolian band pulls out all stops. Founded in 2001 they have adopted kind of a mélange between Power and some Progressive Metal, without belonging to either singled-out genre and even though there are countless bands out there that have taken on the challenge to revolutionize this style, this band has got something intangible that just draws me in.
While I had never heard said album, I believe every word that Ralf had said, because SERENITY are definitely one of Austria’s highest hopes of this particular sound, even more so since STYGMA IV sadly had called it quits way too early, but don’t think now that these two bands sound the same, far from it, SERENITY rather compares to the likes of POVERTY’S NO CRIME (Who apparently have a new album coming later this year!) and almost reach their quality level as well!
“Canopus Three” kicks the album off in a great way, with oriental melodies at the beginning and then some great dynamics and melodies, I love it! Same goes for “Thriven”, which follows a similar direction, just somewhat more hymnic than the opener. Even when they go a bit more progressive on us, like on “Forever” and “Dead Man Walking”, they never lose sight of the song itself and don’t get overbearing in their complexity, so even the casual listener can enjoy, before “Circle Of My Second Light” sets another highlight with some great Progressive Power Metal, showing off their whole potential.
I’m very happy that for a change a very talented and hopeful young band was awarded with a well deserved contract and “Words Untold & Dreams Unlived” fully lives up to the promise, if this is just the beginning, I wonder how much these guys are still capable of in the future, if you call yourself a fan of a bit Prog-infused Power Metal, then by any means check out SERENITY’s latest!
(Online July 18, 2007)