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Guitarist Thomas Buchberger And Vocalist Clémentine Delauney Split With Serenity

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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.

"Although all of this stated no real change but made clear announcements to let you know what is going on, the major aspect we have decided to review concerns the feminine side of Serenity. Though we have worked with female voices since our second album, we think that we have pushed this aspect far enough with our latest album 'War Of Ages.' Though we love to add different voices to Georg’s one, we no longer think these moments will be significant enough to justifiy to have a female singer within our ranks. Once this said, it has the direct consequence to unbind Clementine’s musical fate to Serenity’s. With a lot of regrets from both sides, we need to say that it has been a very intense and colorful chapter in Serenity’s history to have welcomed such a great and nice singer and front-woman on a record and the concerts for the 2 years that followed. As hard as such a decision is to take, there is no hard feelings and we are happy to say that if, for practical reasons, we will welcome other guest singers for the live aspect, there is a common will to share the stage together again one day.

"Clementine wishes to tell you this: 'Serenity and I are parting ways almost in the same manner that we decided to start working together. You should not search for big plans behind all this or a big machinery, there is none. We acted upon our will and we are ending our collaboration here because ideas and circumstances have changed. Serenity was before me and will be. All what matters is that we stay true to ourselves and that we continue our ways being happy and proud of what we do. I am proud of my time with Serenity and I’m happy to go on as I have other projects to commit myself to. I wish Serenity all the best for the future! I wish to thank Serenity’s fans who are part of the nicest and most loyal people I’ve met, thank your all for your support during those 3 years!'

"This is no[t] simple news and we are aware that some might be disappointed and worried for the band’s future so we would like to tell you all that we are more motivated than ever and that we have started working on new material which we are already very excited about. We are also aware of the fact that without your support throughout the years, we wouldn't have faced this times of questioning with the same strength and motivation.

"We hope that you will remain our soldiers, wearing are colors for even more years to come.
With all our love and gratitude, Serenity."

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