Published Jan 30, 2020If the album art didn't convey this enough, Serenity play power metal. Power metal has always been the territory of the nerds, and no band that exemplifies that better then Serenity. Vocalist Dr. Georg Neuhauser is a history professor, and has used his vast knowledge to bless us with concept albums about Napoleon and Galileo for over two decades. The Last Knight's subject, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, is more obscure, but as long as they keep writing songs like "Souls and Sins" and "Queen of Avalon," everything should be okay.
Serenity are far from a household name, but they've spent 20 years maturing into power metal elites, in part because, like Blind Guardian and Kamelot, they really just love what they do. Every track on The Last Knight sounds like one mass sing-along chorus. It's bold, cheesy and downright silly at times, but it'll keep you smiling throughout. They even find time to experiment with the thrashy "Down to Hell," all without losing their sense of fun.
Picture your favourite fantasy book or film. Picture its most awe-inspiring moment. The rush. The thrill. The Last Knight sounds like what was playing in the back of your head when you first experienced this moment. It won't be for everyone, but for those in the niche, The Last Knight is officially a must-hear for 2020. (Napalm)