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Formed: 2001
From: Wörgl, Austria
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Serenity News

Below is our complete Serenity news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Serenity Announces "Codex Atlanticus" Album

Symphonic metal outfit Serenity will release "Codex Atlanticus" - the band's fifth album - on January 29, 2015 via Napalm Records. The label comments:

"Leonardo Da Vinci is the center of attention here, but lovers of conspiracy theories, Illuminati and so forth will also rejoice when mastermind Georg Neuhauser gives free rein to his compositional genius. This album is full of monumental, movie score-ish orchestral arrangements mean riffing and lush melodies."

Serenity also had this to say: "After 3 months of hard work, 150 unhealthy McDonalds meals and 200 bottles of Jägermeister we're done - Opus finitum est - our 5th fulll length album 'Codex Atlanticus' is ready to conquer the universe! Inspired by the life of Leonardo Da Vinci we created a bombastic album with melodies that can easily fit as a soundtrack for 'Game of Thrones!'"

1. Codex Atlanticus
2. Follow Me
3. Sprouts of Terror
4. Iniquity
5. Reason
6. My Final Chapter
7. Caught in a Myth
8. Fate of Light
9. The Perfect Woman
10. Spirit in the Flesh
11. The Order More...

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Serenity Announces Split With Guitarist

Austrian symphonic power metal act Serenity announced the departure of guitarist Thomas Buchberger and vocalist Clémentine Delauney from the band. The band has decided to proceed without a permanent female singer, returning to its roots. Buchberger's permanent replacement has not yet been announced and the band has begun work on the follow up to "War of Ages" (see review here).

In a post on the band's Facebook page it states: "As a new year begins we took the time to look back on the past year and came up with new ideas, new inspiration and a fresher look over what Serenity is and should be. Since this common thinking lead us to some decisions, we have to share them with you.

"First of all, as you noticed, Serenity doesn’t have a permanent keyboard player and won’t have. However, as we enjoy playing live more than over samples, we have the chance that from time to time, Mario is still willing to join us on tour. When he is not available, we can rely on a great friend of our band, Franz-Josef who will step in with the incredible talent that is his own. So there will be gigs in 2015 either with one or the other but both matter to us and we appreciate their dedication very much.

"You must also have noticed that Tom officially said he was not going to perform any gig in 2014. He had to focus on his family and his job and for a time we would be honest to say that he had left the band. However, recently we heard from him that, if joining back on stage is yet not to be considered, he would still be willing to take part of the band’s life behind the scenes…and this means a lot to us.

"When all was still uncertain regarding the guitar player position, we were very lucky to have Cris with us on all gigs that were and are scheduled. His energy and will to take part of the band’s history is something we are very grateful for and we are looking forward to keeping sharing the stage with him as he is meant to remain our live guitar player still for a quite while. More...

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Serenity Announces 2014 "War Of Ages" Tour Dates

Austrian symphonic metal act Serenity announced a string of European tour dates in 2014 in support of the band's latest album "War of Ages," which was released early this year via Napalm Records (see review here). German progressive metal band Beyond the Bridge will provide direct support.

The dates announced so far are:

10.04.2014 AT - Innsbruck
11.04.2014 DE - München
12.04.2014 DE - Flensburg (!!! NEW !!!)
13.04.2014 NL - Almelo
15.04.2014 DE - Frankfurt
16.04.2014 DE - Dortmund
17.04.2014 DE - Hamburg
18.04.2014 NL - Purmerend (!!! NEW !!!)
19.04.2014 BE - Mons (PPM-Fest)
20.04.2014 AT - Vienna
21.04.2014 HU - Budapest

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Serenity Posts New Music Video

Austrian based symphonic act Serenity posted a new music video for the song "Wings of Madness." The video is the first for the band's new LP "War of Ages," which was just released in Europe last week and will drop soon in North America via Napalm Records (see our review here).

Check out the video here:

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Serenity Posts "War Of Ages" Teaser

Austrian symphonic metal act Serenity posted a preview clip for the band's upcoming release "War of Ages." The album is set to drop on March 22, 2013 (G/A/S), March 25, 2013 (EU) and March/April in the USA and Asia via Napalm Records. The album was produced by Oliver Philipps, Jan Vacik & Serenity.

"War of Ages" is the first album to feature the band's new permanent female vocalist Clémentine Delauney (Ex-Whyzdom).

The track listing for "War of Ages" is:

1. Wings Of Madness
2. The Art Of War
3. Shining Oasis
4. For Freedom's Sake
5. Age Of Glory
6. The Matricide
7. Symphony For The Quiet
8. Tannenberg
9. Legacy Of Tudors
10. Royal Pain
11. Fairytales (Ballad Version - LTD Bonus Track)
12. Love Of My Life (LTD Bonus Track)

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Serenity Details New Album "War Of Ages"

Austrian symphonic metal band Serenity have announced that the fourth LP and successor LP to "Death & Legacy" will be entitled "War of Ages." The album is set to stop on March 22, 2013 (EU) and March/April in the U.S. and Asia.

The track list for "War of Ages" is as follows:

1. Wings Of Madness
2. The Art Of War
3. Shining Oasis
4. For Freedom's Sake
5. Age Of Glory
6. The Matricide
7. Symphony For The Quiet
8. Tannenberg
9. Legacy Of Tudors
10. Royal Pain
11. Fairytales (ballad version - LTD bonustrack)
12. Love Of My Life (LTD bonustrack) More...

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Serenity Announces Tour With Visions Of Atlantis

Serenity (which split with founding member Mario Hirzinger last month) and Visions of Atlantis will join forces for a tour in March of 2013. See below for a full list of dates. Napalm Records also commented: "Do not miss this fantastic Symphonic line-up! Furthermore, we will announce news regarding the new albums by these two bands soon! Stay tuned!"

15.03.13 AT – Graz, Explosiv / CD Release Show (No Serenity)
22.03.13 AT – Wörgl, Komma
23.03.13 DE – Köln, Underground
24.03.13 NL – TBA
25.03.13 UK – London, TBA
27.03.13 DE – Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal
28.03.13 FR – Paris, GlazArt
29.03.13 FR – Lyon, MJCo Totem
30.03.13 CH – Pratteln, Z7 Gallery

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Founding Member Hirzinger Splits With Serenity

Austrian symphonic metal act Serenity announced the departure of the band's founding member, keyboardist Mario Hirzinger. The band made several attempts at changing Hirzinger's mind, especially, in light of what has now been disclosed as his planned final performance at this year's ProgPower USA festival. Though the band cancelled some tour dates, 11 new dates in March of 2013 have been confirmed, though the cities and venues have not yet been disclosed. The statement on the band's Facebook Page reads:

"With great mourning we have to tell you all that our dear friend, keyboardist, song & lyrics writer as well as founder of SERENITY leaves the band as of now...

"We already knew his decision for quite some time and fully understand Marios wish for something new. Though we hoped to change his mind especially with such a great experience like PP USA, which was always planned as Marios last appearance with SERENITY. Well - we made him change his mind twice already - but not this time (more on that in his statement).

"The Departure of Mario is a fact now and as a result we've been reconstructing SERENITY throughout the year already. We also have fixed arrangements with Marios successor who will be announced at a later date.

"Mario, we honestly thank you for a great, never forgettable time, lots of cool and funny tour stories, lots of (great) work too,... We will see us for a drink or two ;-)

"You can also read Marios statment below!

"Yours SERENITY More...

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Serenity Cancels Upcoming Tour Dates

Serenity, which recently performed at the Prog Power 2012 USA festival, has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming tour dates:

"Serenity wants to inform you that we had to cancel all shows for Nov/Dec 2012 in the Netherlands as support to the dutch band Delain.

"Please believe us that this was a really hard decision for all of us as there is no worse case scenario than cancelling a show. But to keep close to our tight time schedule for the upcoming album there - disappointingly - was no other way as release dates are already fixed. More on that very soon...

"In conjunction with the release of the next album we will tour all over Europe again. Promised... Also therefor a lot of dates are already fixed and we will release all info as soon as ALL DATES are fixed.

"We know that a lot of people have been looking forward to our shows with Delain. We will do everything to give you a new chance to see us. So please keep close to our website and our Facebook channel as we announce tour dates for 2013 in the coming months..."

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The ProgPower USA Experience From A Newbie

If there was ever an event for a first time festival goer, it would be ProgPower USA. Unfortunately, fans here are spoiled by the incredible privileges, some of which could never be properly duplicated by any of the huge European festivals. In Atlanta, you won’t find camping sites, 80,000 people and huge immense lines for signing sessions. What you will find is a community of about 1200 well-educated and well versed fans that throw an amazing party and represent some of the nicest people from all over the U.S. and the world. However, it is a party which also includes the many members of the best bands you can find in the world (not just those who are playing) all within an incredibly intimate setting of a venue that is as unmatched in sound quality as it is fan friendly. For its first 12 years, ProgPower USA seemed out of my reach for reasons I cannot fully explain or comprehend (stupidity comes to mind). However, lucky #13 consisted of a lineup which I personally felt was the strongest in its history (though called “weak” by progressive fan standards), and was perfect for my very first taste of the ProgPower USA experience. As soon as this lineup was announced last year, I drew up the battle plan to attend. The ability to see Serenity, Mystic Prophecy, Pretty Maids and so many others make their debut U.S. performances was something of a dream for this aging fan boi. Topping it off was a headline performance my current favorite Epica, so finding a way to get there became mandatory. What transpired exceeded all my hopes and expectations, a dream I wish I never woke from. (For complete reviews, check out Metal Underground.com's road reports on Day One, Day Two and the pre-show with Nightwish & Kamelot by colleague Progressivity_In_All.) More...

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ProgPower USA XIII: Day One

While the rest of the world went to work or whatever it is they normally would do on a Friday, the contingent of the lovers of loud and fast music down on Peachtree St in Atlanta were being awesome. The day that many metal fans were waiting for since Day Two of the 2011 festival had finally come around -- Day One of the 2012 festival had arrived, bringing with it headliners Epica and support bands Sinbreed, Kingcrow, Amaranthe, Serenity, Primordial, and Redemption. The night before, Nightwish and Kamelot had thrilled in the same venue.

With several levels of ticket options available to attendees, gold badge attendees were given early access to the festival's merchandise room. Like the gaping maw of a hungry beast, the doors to the merchandise room were opened at noon and soon swallowed absurd amounts of money with little effort from the wallets of attendees. For attendees who found the dilemma of "I just need ONE more CD," without having the money for it, there was an ATM around the hall so that "one more" could then turn into "ten more" without a worry. More...

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American Heavy Metal Tradition: ProgPower USA

The ProgPower USA festival is approaching its thirteenth year, but if you were to look at the number of international bands who have made the Atlanta-based festival the site of their US debut, you would find that number even more impressive – a solid eighty-two. That number includes bands such as Nightwish, Blind Guardian, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus, Stratovarius, Riverside, and more. The US is not known for heavy metal festivals – at least not of the level that Europe is known for, with Wacken, Hellfest, and all sorts of other open-airs. In the US, ProgPower is the longest-running and most well-known of the handful of festivals we do have. Moreover, as evidenced by the title, this is a pointedly progressive- and power- metal themed festival, with performances by an average of 14-16 bands over several days.

Last year, I had the privilege of attending the festival and contributed a series of write-ups about each of the days afterwards. The experience was much like a Comic-Con or anime convention, only geared around highly amplified sound aimed at rattling my brain and rocking my soul. It was like another world altogether, given that everyone I interacted with on that three-day stretch could talk for hours on end about the juxtaposition of synthesizer and guitar solos with no reservations. It felt like a family reunion. More...

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Xandria's Bassist To Miss Upcoming Tour Dates

Xandria has issued the following announcement about the band's bass player having to sit out upcoming live shows:

"Bad luck for our bass guitar player Nils. Whilst we were playing the most recent shows w/Epica, Nils severely hurt his right forefinger on stage which eventually led to a serious blood poisoning after the last show.

"Due to this sepsis he had to undergo surgery twice in the course of the past week, which will now disable him to tour for the upcoming 4-6 weeks. Nils surely is extremely disappointed to not hit the road again in April, but feels comfortable in knowing there is a well-known substitute: Xandria's European tour w/Epica and Stream of Passion in April will now be played with Serenity's Fabio d'Amore, who is happy to fill in on bass guitar for the tour.

"So, no worries, we won't miss a single show. Please come out and support Fabio on his spontaneous new endeavor and wish Nils all the best for a return very soon!"

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Serenity To Bring Female Vox For ProgPower USA

Austrian symphonic metal band Serenity revealed to Scott of Seeker of the Winterheart Blog that the band will bring a guest female vocalist for the performance at ProgPower USA in Atlanta on Friday, September 14, 2012.

The interview, seen in its entirety at this location, vocalist Georg Neuhauser kept the name of the guest vocalist a secret for now:

"SOTW: Here is a question that I have been dying to ask you since I first found out that Serenity would be playing at ProgPowerUSA. Will you be bringing any guest with you and if I may dare ask can you tell us who it will be?

"Georg: We will definitely have our female guest vocalist...but we’ll let you think about it ;)"

In other news revealed in the interview, the band are currently working on the follow up to the 2011 release "Death & Legacy":

"SOTW: Is Serenity working on a new album already or do you plan to tour longer on the Death and Legacy tour?

"Georg: Actually both! We’re currently working on a lot of new material for our 4th album, but we’re also focusing on our first European headlining tour! Both topics are exciting and take a lot of efforts, but we’re sure it’ll be a blast either ways!"

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Serenity Posts New Music Video

Austrian progressive/power metal band Serenity posted a new music video for the song "When Canvas Starts To Burn." The song appears on the 2011 release "Death & Legacy" released in February on Napalm Records.

Serenity is confirmed to play at ProgPower USA XIII in Atlanta in September of 2012. Check out the video here:

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Sons Of Seasons Announces Live Date With Serenity

Germany's Sons of Seasons announced a new live date with Austria's Serenity for December 14, 2011 at Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany for a "Dark Symphonic Metal Night."

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ProgPower XIII Band Announcement Video Posted

ProgPower XIII posted the band announcement video for the event in Atlanta, Georgia. The event lineup is:

ProgPower USA XIII
September 12-15, 2012 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia USA

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012:

Sinbreed (Germany) +
Kingcrow (Italy) +
Amaranthe (Sweden) +
Serenity (Austria) +
Primordial (Ireland)
Redemption (USA)
Epica (The Netherlands & Belgium)

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012:

Above Symmetry (Norway) +
Lanfear (Germany) +
Solution .45 (Sweden & Finland) +
Mystic Prophecy (Germany & Greece) +
Mayan - with special guests (The Netherlands & Belgium) +
Pretty Maids (Denmark)
Symphony X (USA)

(+ USA Debut)

Tickets are now on sale at this location.

Check out the announcement video here:

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More Bands Announced For ProgPower USA XIII 2012

ProgPower USA XIII is shaping up to be the event of the year in the United States in 2012. The current lineup for each day is as follows:


Epica (Headliner)
Solution .45


Symphony X (Headliner)
Pretty Maids
Mystic Prophecy
Above Symmetry

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Out Of The Dark Tour Video Trailer Posted

A video trailer for the upcoming "Out of the Dark" Tour featuring Tristania, Van Canto, Xandria, Amberian Dawn and Serenity can be seen below.

More coverage of the tour was previously reported by Metal Underground here and here.

Confirmed "Out of the Dark" Tour dates:

30.09.2011 Karlsruhe, Germany -Substage
01.10.2011 Prague, Czech Republic - Abaton
02.10.2011 Budapest, Hungary - Club 202
04.10.2011 Milan, Italy, Alcatraz
05.10.2011 Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
06.10.2011 Paris, France - Le Bataclan
07.10.2011 Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat
08.10.2011 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob (without Xandria)
09.10.2011 London, UK - O2 Academy Islington
11.10.2011 Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
12.10.2011 Munich, Germany - Backstage
13.10.2011 Neu-Isenburg, Germany - Hugenottenhalle
14.10.2011 Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
15.10.2011 Dortmund, Germany - FZW

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Serenity Replacing Revamp On Tristania Tour

After Revamp dropped off the upcoming "Out of the Dark" tour with Tristania, it has now revealed that Serenity will be filling the empty tour slot. Also appearing on the bill are Van Canto, Xandria, and Amberian Dawn.

The dates for the tour are as follows:

30.09.2011 (D) KARLSRUHE / Substage
01.10.2011 (CZ) PRAGUE / Abaton
02.10.2011 (H) BUDAPEST / Club 202
04.10.2011 (I) MILAN / Alcatraz
05.10.2011 (CH) PRATTELN / Z7
06.10.2011 (F) PARIS / Le Bataclan
07.10.2011 (NL) HAARLEM / Patronaat
08.10.2011 (B) VOSSELAAR / Biebob
09.10.2011 (GB) LONDON / O2 Academy Islington
11.10.2011 (D) COLOGNE / Live Music Hall
12.10.2011 (D) MUNICH / Backstage
13.10.2011 (D) NEU-ISENBURG / Hugenottenhalle
14.10.2011 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle
15.10.2011 (D) DORTMUND / FZW

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