GET THE CRACKERS AND WINE – WE’VE GOT A CHEESE OVERLOAD HERE!
■ THIS SYMPHONIC power metal stuff really is a tightrope that should be walked only by those who know how to handle cheese like a master Stilton-maker. Done right, you see, the fl ights of high-voiced, melodious heroism – which rarely sound as muscular as the fantasy knights they’re singing about – can be fantastic. Here, on Austrian mob Serenity’s fi fth album, you’re just so blinded by how puffed-up like a marshmallow everything is that it ruins any metallic content. And that’s before you wind up (and you can read that either way) at the fl atulent Sprouts Of Terror. If you wished Iron Maiden dealt solely in tunes that stand only one place away from being power ballads, you’ll fi nd something here. Everyone else, hold onto your nose. DOWNLOAD: Follow Me. FOR FANS OF: Nightwish, Hammerfall.