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January 2018
Released: 2017, Napalm Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: John Haseltine

Austria’s premier symphonic metal act Serenity returns with their 6th full length album LIONHEART. As I state Austria’s premier, Serenity can also be ranked up there with some of the best in the business with not only this latest release, but with some previous accomplishments as well.

LIONHEART is a conceptual album following the life and conquests of King Richard I of England. He was the third of five sons of King Henry II of England and Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was known as Richard Cœur de Lion or Richard the Lionheart because of his reputation as a great military leader and warrior. What are portrayed within the album are spots in his history. Mainly, more of the positive aspects of his life as a central Christian commander in The Third Crusades. I am no scholar on the subject and for those of you who are more interested in the fine details, you can research a bit more into it. There do seem to be some holes in the story (history), but as stated, I am no history scholar and only dove into this so deep.

What I can tell you a bit more about this album is that when it comes to symphonic metal, Serenity pull out no stops in their music. With more progressive to power metal nuances here and there the musicianship of Serenity is close to being unmatched within the genre. And again, I am no expert on the symphonic metal scene but do know many of the bands out there and Serenity is now placed at the top of that heap.

There are so many memorable, almost anathematic choruses that have the listener bellowing out after only a couple spins of the disk. Oh, that was me! The disk has its heavy moments as well as its lighter ones. An almost perfect blend of the style.
Track Listing

1. Deus lo Vult
2. United
3. Lionheart
4. Hero
5. Rising High
6. Heaven
7. King's Landing
8. Eternal Victory
9. Stand and Fight
10. The Fortress (of Blood and Sand)
11. Empire
12. My Fantasy
13. The Final Crusade


Andreas Schipflinger - Drums
Georg Neuhauser - Vocals
Fabio D'Amore - Bass
Christian Hermsdörfer - Guitars



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