21.02.2012 20:01 by SERENITY (19 comments)
I want to give you some insight in what is currently going on within SERENITY. Our plans, current work, etc.
First of there is to say that we have started working on our next release. We have tons of ideas and we try to figure out what is worthy of being released on the next album. So on basis of lots of ideas from me (Tom), some stuff of Georg and also Mario and Fabio, we meet eachother on a weekly basis (the first time we are doing this since Fallen Sanctuary) to work on structures and vocal lines especially. Fabio disappointlingly is not part of this finalizing process as he is just too far away from our place here in Tyrol/Austria.
2 songs are already finished in structure, musical arrangement and even orchestration from Oliver Philipps (who else...). Already sound fantastic in their preproductional rough mix version. But we still need to work on the vocal lines and so some changes may still find their way into the final version. Codenames are "Oriental Dream" (honestly we have a slightly different internal codename I simply cannot tell you ;-)) and Electro. Those names have nothing to do with lyrics or anything else. We always give strange codenames to our songs. "Spatzl mit Kraut" (austrian food) or "Schmelzest" (similar to melting) just to name two??
Oriental Dream can be imagined as something you would expect from SERENITY. Heavy riffing leading into a dreamy verse, midtempo chorus, heavy orchestration and arrangement in general, acoustic guitars, some oriental elements,... All in all an upper midtempo song with lots of cool heavy melodic moments. Quite compact -- something we try to keep in mind for the whole album.
Electro is quite young. The idea is my latest work but I just felt this was what we needed to get some more variety and a little modern touch. This one is also finished with all arrangements in terms of music. Again... we are still finalizing the vocal lines to make them a little more interesting and even catchier than they are now. Final words: easy listening with a stunning dreamy pop'y vibe!
The next 2 songs we will be working on are "XXX" and "WhiteWhiteWeg" (==FarFarAway). Cool names - hmmmm? XXX currently is a quite heavy and modern song which resembles a lot of our own trademarks such as double bass parts, heavy orchestration, cool rhythm changes, powerful vocals,... If you can imagine a mixture of lets say "To Stone She Turned", "All Lights Reversed" and "Far From Home" or "Circle Of My 2nd Life" you get at least an idea of this one.
WhiteWhiteWeg is our speed output so far. Very much like "Far From Home", "New Horizons", "Engraved Within",... I love this one for being a very compact melodic metal hymn and having some stunning melodies. I can only imagine how this one will sound with Oli's orchestral arrangements. Mine are - lets say - "close" to his, but maybe not that massive and well arranged ;-)
Other ideas I am almost certain of making it into the final product include a ballad from Georg (by the way - we never had so many ballad ideas for one album - next to this one there are 2 other ones from me and another one from Georg), "Trip To Hawaii" from Mario (promising chorus! different vibe in general!), something from Fabio, and 2 harder songs named "Godzilla" - based on a very cool riff and a cool chorus - and "Eurasia" - some kind of heavy march from me.
We have a whole lot of song ideas and parts for this release. The question now is what to work on and what to dismiss immediately. And this process is not that easy anymore as it was in the past when we worked on almost everything and those songs also made it onto the album. But nowadays I think we are more concerned about overall quality as ever before. Which honestly puts us under some serious pressure.
But I am confident that we will overcome this songwriting task again. Somehow at least ;-)
We are already looking into the cover design for this one too. But haven't found a perfect match so far. We will see...
cu, tom and SERENITY