SEREN­ITY

CODEX ATLANTICUS

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews - NICK RUSKELL

(NA­PALM)

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.

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