Of Ages' is the fourth album from Austrian Symphonic Metallers Serenity,
the band featuring Georg Neuhauser, Thomas Buchberger, Andreas
Schipfinger, Mario Hirzinger, Fabio D’Amore and for 2013, Clementine
Delauney, who collectively bring their own brand of Symphonic Power
Metal to the masses once more.
album once again is filled with heavy rhythms, symphonic orchestrations
and now with Delauney, a new female vocal element.
Of Ages' gets underway in true Symphonic Metal style with the haunting
‘Wings Of Madness’. A powerful opener that really shows the band have
progressed sonically since their last album 'Death And Legacy’, with the
inclusion of Delauney at the forefront.
tremendous power and might is continued with the superb ‘The Art Of
War’. The orchestrations on this one take the whole sound to a new
level and give it an epic, almost Filmscore Metal feel. Again the
duetting vocals between Neuhauser and Delauney are just superb.
‘Shining Oasis’ there is less orchestra and just more keyboards
courtesy of Hirzinger, with just as touch of a North African feel to
it. You can
almost taste the sand dunes on this one.
then time to bring the tempo down a touch with the ballad ‘For
Freedom’s Sake’, with Neuhauser sounding like one Tony Kakko on this
song, as he duets with Delauney on this superb soar-away ballad.
it's back to that Filmscore Metal vibe with the simply stunning ‘Age
Of Glory’. This is Symphonic Power Metal at its very best, monstrous
overtures of guitars and keys interwoven with a thunderous rhythm
section, all capped off by some wonderful vocals. This song being
just one of the many highlights on this album.
tremendous sonic tones continue with the massive ‘The Matricide’,
which keeps the orchestrations down to a minimum, as the massive bass and
double kick drums drive this one ever forward. The mighty rhythm section of
D’Amore and Schipfinger making their presence felt once more on the
multi layered splendour of ‘Symphony For The Quiet’.
to be outdone by the rhythm section, guitarist Buchberger shows his
musical ability on the riff laden ‘Tannenberg’, before a real turn
around as the band bring in a little Medieval Folk element for the intro
to ‘Legacy Of Tudors’, but this is just a short reprise as the song
soon explodes into a cacophony guitars, big bass lines, tub thumping
drums and soaring vocals.
magnificent album concludes with another multi layered piece ‘Royal
Pain’, which again shows just how much the band have developed over the years.
musicianship on here is simply superb. The vocals are excellent.
This is the album that
is sure to put Serenity up their with the likes of Kamelot, Sonata
Arctic and Within Temptation and their like.
by: Barry McMinn
1. Wings Of Madness
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