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

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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:

Friday:

Epica (Headliner)
Redemption
Primordial
Serenity
Solution .45
Kingcrow
Sinbreed

Saturday:

Symphony X (Headliner)
Pretty Maids
Mayan
Mystic Prophecy
Amaranthe
Lanfear
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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Whyzdom Vocalist To Perform With Serenity

French act Whyzdom has issued the following update about vocalist Clementine Delaney performing with Serenity at an upcoming German festival:

"Hey! We have some great news: Clémentine will sing with Serenity as guest vocalist at the 'End of Summer Festival; in Willofs (Germany) on 9 September!

"Some of you probably already know Serenity, since we already played with them in Paris and they were Delain tour support this year throughout Europe.

"It will be just one day before our show in Strasbourg (10 September)."

You can also check out Whyzdom's music by heading over to the band's MySpace page.

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Leaves' Eyes Announces "Meredead" Release Show

Leaves' Eyes recently announced a series of upcoming tour dates with Midnattsol and Tarja. Details on those shows can be found here. The band has now issued the following update about adding on a release show with both Serenity and Midnattsol:

"New special release show in Nürnberg added! Austria's leading symphonic metal band Serenity will join the shows! At Nachtleben in Frankfurt and at Z-Bau in Nürnberg the official release parties of the new album 'Meredead' will take place with some specials for the fans.

"Leaves' Eyes will play together with special guests Midnattsol and Serenity! More details will follow!"

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Metalcamp 2011 Lineup Announced

Zonaria is the latest act to be confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, which is set to take place from July 11th - 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ABINCHOVA
ACCEPT
ACHREN
AIRBOURNE
ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ARCH ENEMY
ARKONA
AVA INFERI
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
BREZNO
BULLDOZER
DEATH ANGEL
DEICIDE
DIE APOKALYPTISCHE REITE
HATE
HEAVEN'S GREY
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
IN SOLITUDE
KALMAH
KATATONIA
KREATOR
KYLESA
MERCENARY
MOONSORROW
MOONSPELL
OBSCURA
OCTOBER FILE
RISING DREAM
SERENITY
SUICIDAL ANGELS
TAAKE
THAUROROD
THE OCEAN
VANDERBUYST
VIRGIN STEELE
WATAIN
WINTERSUN
ZONARIA

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Serenity Posts New Music Video Online

Austrian symphonic metal act Serenity has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "The Chevalier," which is taken from the band's forthcoming full length album. The new album, titled "Death & Legacy," is set for release on February 25 through Napalm Records. You can view the music video, which features vocals from Ailyn of Sirenia, below:

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Serenity Posts New Audio Teaser Online

Austrian symphonic metal act Serenity has posted a new video teaser online to promote its upcoming third album. The third album from the band will carry the title of "Death & Legacy" and will see its release on February 25, 2010 through Napalm Records. The trailer is available below:

"Death & Legacy" tracklisting:
1. Set Sail To… (intro)
2. New Horizons
3. The Chevalier
4. Far From Home
5. Heavenly Mission
6. Prayer (interlude)
7. State Of Siege
8. Changing Fate
9. When Canvas Starts To Burn
10. Serenade Of Flames
11. Youngest Of Widows (limited edition only)
12. Below Eastern Skies (interlude)
13. Beyond Desert Sands
14. To India's Shores (limited edition only)
15. Lament (interlude)
16. My Legacy

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Serenity Reveals New Album Details

Australian metal act Serenity has revealed the title and tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album. The third album from the band will carry the title of "Death & Legacy" and will see its release on February 25, 2010 through Napalm Records. The tracklisting is available below:

"Death & Legacy" tracklisting:
1. Set Sail To… (intro)
2. New Horizons
3. The Chevalier
4. Far From Home
5. Heavenly Mission
6. Prayer (interlude)
7. State Of Siege
8. Changing Fate
9. When Canvas Starts To Burn
10. Serenade Of Flames
11. Youngest Of Widows (limited edition only)
12. Below Eastern Skies (interlude)
13. Beyond Desert Sands
14. To India's Shores (limited edition only)
15. Lament (interlude)
16. My Legacy

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Delain Comments On Upcoming Tour

Delain has issued the following update about posting a new tour diary online and lining up a European tour with Serenity:

"Delain to tour Europe spring 2011 & Americas tour part III online! In preparation to our new album, we are proud to announce our European tour for spring next year. We are already very much looking forward to it! The Austrian band Serenity will support us at this tour. More gigs, dates and details will be announced later on!

"The third and final part of the video of the Americas tour is finally there on our YouTube channel! We hope you've enjoyed the tour videos so far and if you did: stay tuned for more. There's still some footage from other shows we're working on, which we hope to have online next month. Meanwhile, we're very busy writing for the upcoming album and very pleased with the material so far: We can't wait to share with you guys when the moment is there!"

29.04.2011 GBR Manchester Academy
30.04.2011 GBR London O2 Islington Academy
01.05.2011 GBR Glasgow The Cathouse
02.05.2011 GBR Leamington The Assembly
04.05.2011 FRA Strassbourg La Laiterie
05.05.2011 FRA Lyon CCO
06.05.2011 ESP Barcelona Salamandra
07.05.2011 ESP Madrid Sala Caracol
08.05.2011 FRA Marseille Poste a Galene
09.05.2011 ITA Milano Alcatraz
11.05.2011 SWI Luzern Schüür
12.05.2011 GER Stuttgart Röhre
13.05.2011 GER Aschaffenburg ColosSaal
14.05.2011 GER München Backstage
15.05.2011 HUN Budapest Diesel
17.05.2011 POL Warsaw Stodola
18.05.2011 GER Berlin K17
19.05.2011 GER Hamburg Knust
20.05.2011 GER Köln Underground
21.05.2010 FRA Paris Elysee Montmartre More...

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