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Fall of Serenity
The Crossfire
February 2008
Released: 2007, Lifeforce Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

2006 saw Fall of Serenity release their last CD called BLOODRED SALVATION and since then many things happened within the band. The bass player Gahlert now sings and guitarist Fischer have switched to playing bass and new in the band is Rewicki on guitar. All the member changes have helped the band gain self confidence and power. BLOODRED SALVATION contains a guest appearance from Sabina Classen (Holy Moses, Temple of the Absurd) who contributes lead vocals to a few songs.

Lifeforce Records isn’t known for having any bands from the melodic side of the music business and Fall of Serenity is no exception to that rule. Fall of Serenity plays nothing but modern, angry/aggressive death metal. The music is built around strong melodies and a sane tempo and with that I mean that music doesn’t run in a furious speed all the time. I think I can sense a few influences from hardcore and Gahlert varies between singing in ordinary and death metal vocals. Sometimes you can really hear that they are influenced by lets say Iron Maiden, Entombed, In Flames, Anthrax, Biohazard, Testament and Machine Head, but luckily the guys have managed to create something of their own instead of sounding like any a carbon copy of mentioned bands.

Even though the disc is jammed with great music that is easy to love the guys have sometimes forgotten to write solid lyrics. Most of the album feels OK but in certain songs the lyrics have failed. The first part of the album feels a lot more solid compared to the last one but they have issues they need to work on.

Ralf Muller has done a great job with the production and Dan Swanö has done a great job with the mix and mastering. THE CROSSFIRE does not convince me the entire way even though it’s a good album. If you are a fan of Fall of Serenity. It is a solid album that needs a little improvement.

Killer tracks are “Immortal Kingdom”, “Knife to Meet You”, “Recreation”, “The Crossfire” and “A Whore called Freedom”.

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Track Listing

Immortal Kingdom
Knife to Meet You
The Crossfire
A Whore called Freedom
Funeral Eclipse
Act of Grace
In Case of Death
Blood Portrait


John Gahlert – lead vocals
Ferdinand Rewicki – guitar
Alex Fischer – bass
Eddy Langner – guitar
Lutz Einenkel – drums

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