SERENITY – Codex Atlanticus

SERENITY - Codex Atlanticus
  • 8.5/10
    SERENITY - Codex Atlanticus - 8.5/10


Napalm Records
Release date: January 29, 2016

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Austria’s finest bombastic metal band returns with their fifth release and keeps on going down the same road before, which means the year starts with one of the best symphonic metal releases that 2016 may have to offer. Although lead guitarist Thomas Buchberger left the band, there is no step down in quality between Codex Atlanticus and its predecessors. It is still very melodic, bombastic and driven by Georg Neuhauser’s fantastic voice.

The only thing absent is female vocals as Clémentine Delauney has also parted ways with Serenity. Still, the band does not suffer from it much and if one listens to ‘Spirit In The Flesh’ or ‘The Order’ it is evident that Serenity composes on the same level as genre-heading bands like Nightwish or Kamelot. Codex Atlanticus is a feast if you like your metal bombastic, epic and don’t turn your head if it gets a little kitschy.


  • Frank Jaeger

    Frank was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, based out of Bavaria, Germany. He has worked in the games industry for more than 20 years, now on the manufacturing side, before on the publishing end. Before this, he edited and handled the layout for a city mag in northern Germany ... maybe that is why he love being part of anything published. Frank got hooked on Metal at the age of 14 when a friend introduced him to AC/DC. They were listening to The Beatles, Madness, and The Police, and he decided they should move on. Well, they did, Back in Black became Frank's first Metal album, and since Germany is reasonably close to England, they had some small New Waves Of British Heavy Metal washing up on their shores: Tygers Of Pan Tang, Samson, Gillan, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Sweet Savage, Diamond Head, etc. If he had to pick his favorite styles, Prog and Power Metal would be at the top of the list.

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