Mario Hirzinger quits SERENITY

30.10.2012 09:31 by SERENITY (9 comments)

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!



Dear friends and fans! It took me a long time to think about it and now it’s on me to explain my decision – well, to sum it up even if it may sound strange: I’ve got to move on. At very first let me tell you it’s got nothing to do with any personal issues, the guys still are and always will be some of my closest friends; I’m very thankful for every single minute I could spend with them in the recent years on stage, on tour, in the rehearsal room, visiting great places all over Europe as well as here in Austria! Of course there sometimes had been moments of tension and serious discussions, every band knows that, but most of the time we just had great, occasionally quite silly fun, knowing we were a strong team of different characters working together and spending times off work in a meaningful way.

The main point is, symphonic metal is not my favourite genre – never has been – and my music taste in general has changed in recent times. This year there had been a couple of happenings showing me I’ve got to seriously change some things in my life and leaving Serenity is the first one. To be honest, it was not the first time I thought about that. The moment feels right to me now, I will continue creating music and lyrics on my own, also with other people, but without any business pressure or other limitations. Just for fun, just to see what’s there ‘hidden’ in me and waiting to be set free. Even if I liked touring and being on stage with Serenity a lot, I cannot carry on pretending I totally dig this sound and the whole business. I want to be an honest guy and don’t want to back something if I’m not really into it. And everyone, especially the fans, deserves honesty here.

I will move and most probably, if everything works out well, I will begin to study something – at least that’s my plan so far, I have the strong feeling that I’m not at the end of my possibilities in life. Leaving the band will also give me some ‘space’ for all that. Yes, I’m one of the founding members, I gave the band its name back in 2001 and yes, it had been an absolutely great time. But somehow I think I’ve seen it all now and that chapter should be closed to give way for another one. With all those remarkable impressions and great memories – our September gig in Atlanta as ‘climax’ – I don’t quit with a bad feeling. And I won’t miss things like driving vans hundreds of kilometres by night and day, fast food on the road, broken backstage showers and toilets, half full beer cans left behind on a table in the nightliner, dropping off on bumpy roads, all those strange unwritten ‘business laws’ and the … hm, let’s say not really exemplary behaviour of some people in that business. The adrenaline rush right before a show, the cheering of the crowd, the first cold beer after the show, great backstage dinners with all the crew, funny and interesting conversations, getting to know new, sympathetic people, seeing a lot of impressive places especially on off-days, the ‘wall of sound’ when the on-stage sound mix is just awesome, the cozy tourbus bunk and feeling like in a cradle in there when travelling by night … these are things I certainly will miss. But one thing I won’t have to miss is the friendship with Clèmentine, Georg, Tom, Fabio and Andi which is highly important for me! And I know I’m very lucky to have these great people in my life. So, my dear gooooiiiis ;-), I wish you all the best for the future of Serenity and all your upcoming plans – hold on to your dreams! I’m already looking forward to some crazy tour stories being told while having a beer or a coffee together!


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Comment by Jon Hernandez | 03.04.2013

The hardest thing to do when you are a musician is play music your heart is not into, you can spend your time and efforts but at the end of the day it is not what you really enjoy!!! I am sad to see him go but am so proud it takes ALOT of guts to stand up and do what you really want to do!!! The best wishes for him and all the band, we have to find our own ways nomatter where it takes us!!!

Comment by J. Hebert | 09.12.2012


This is devastating news, and while I wish you all the best, you were a large part of Serenity, and it's sad to see you go. My wife likened your leaving to 'chapters in life'..."You didn't really think they'd stay the same, forever, did you?" she said. "What we should take from this is that while they were here, we enjoyed them."

I wholeheartedly agree.

Comment by Ruurd Woltring | 23.11.2012

I wish you the best of luck, Mario, and who knows, if the band needs you during one of their upcoming tours, you have my blessing to (temporarely) join them.

Comment by Jeff | 09.11.2012

Seriously Mario, you got balls.
It takes a lot of courage to dare such a big change.
Admirable move.
You've got my full support and I am glad, that you are
honest enough to stand up for what you believe in.

Maybe I will have the opportunity to listen to your next project.

Comment by stavroula | 02.11.2012

Honestly I am....devastated. Mario, Mario, dear, beloved Mario....he's been my most favorite memeber of serenity...! this likeable face, those big round shinning eyes....and his outstanding talent on lyrics creation! I never had the chance to get to know him personally, neither him nor any other member of serenity, but I always kept hoping that one day you guys would finally manage to come play a gig in greece and this way I wuld hopefully get to know all of you, in some little way...I can't believe this will never come true, I'll never get the chance to take a photo with you mariooooo!!!
I have no words to express how absolutely disappointed and miserable I feel atm. I'd really love to tell a few words to mario, please..any e-mail available or something? I really really need that.

Comment by markus | 02.11.2012

I guess both, the band and Mario are on the right track. PP USA had been a mind blowing event for serenity and the crowd, it seems.
Good luck to you all!

Comment by Chantal | 02.11.2012

Dear Mario,
I wish you all the best in the future. I had a great time watching to you on stage, listening to the music you and the rest of the band made. Also I enjoyed the small conversations I had with you after shows. I know I will miss you as a memeber of the band. But I can understand the urge of moving on and needing space to do that. So I wish you all the luck in the upcoming future, and I hope you will find what you are looking for.

Comment by Ingrid | 30.10.2012

I want to thank you for your honesty.
And thanks for your part of the music of Serenity.
I wish you all the luck in the world, for now and in the future.
May your dreams come true. Goodbye!!!!

Comment by ROb | 30.10.2012

Just want to wish Mario all the best for the future.. Its so good to see someone being honest with himself and giving "us" the fans total respect. Im still gutted though. Seen you guys 3 times and you have become one of my favorite bands. To the rest of the guys, Keep the good work going and all your fans are behind you 100%. Looking forward to hearing the new album and tour. See ya in 2013. All the best. Cheers. Rob in The U.K

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