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TIMES OF CHANGES – back to the roots...

03.02.2015 20:40 by SERENITY (8 comments)

TIMES OF CHANGES – back to the roots……

As a new year beggins 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 decication 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 SERNITY 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 simple news and we are aware that some might be disapointed 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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Comment by Mephastopholies | 19.06.2015

I agree with Ann. I think the only reason you haven't propelled to the top of the chart is marketing. The only reason I found you was by happenstance but once I heard your music I knew you were a cut above the majority. I am still surprised I hadn't heard of you and only found you because I randomly picked your CD out at a store to give it a pre-listen. I was hooked from the first song and will always be a die-hard fan. I quickly bought all previous albums and waited for war of ages which greatly exceeded my expectations.
I am sad to see Clementine go. I felt like the two of you had voices that were made to sing together, the music you created is a masterpiece every time. In spite of this, I am glad you continue to take the band forward and am very excited to hear the new music the future brings with Serenity!
Also I wanted to recognize the person who mixes the albums because they splice everything together flawlessly. Keep the excellent music coming, I can't wait for your next album!

Comment by Ann | 06.06.2015

Just read the news about the line-up changes. Sorry to see good people leave but respect their decisions. I get the impression you are all disillusioned by your lack of momentum - you are all so talented love the vocals and melodies. The only reason you haven't made it big is marketing - I can't remember how I came across your music but it was simply by chance. Since then I have bought your back catalogue! As a fan I hope you don't mind me saying that I thought adding Clemmie to the lineup was a stroke of genius - your vocals are fab Georg but adding female vocals enhances your sound. Looking forward to next album!

Comment by Nora | 12.05.2015

Now that are news! I was coming back to your website hoping to find some information about the future of "Serenity" ... and there it is.

Honestly, I'm very surprised about the line-up-changes you had to do. As a fan, instantly fallen in love with "Fallen Sanctuary", I always thought that "Serenity" has so much potential, deserves so much more attention in the business.

When I heard that Clémentine would join and actually heard the outcome on "Wings of Madness" ... I was excited beyond belief! It fitted so well. Though I feared that you would make her the main singer, putting George in the background ... and I love his unique voice, personally. But none of that happened. Serenity grew more and more musically.

Now, having a look behind the scenes and all the changes that followed after the leaving of Mario, I do have my concerns. But as I'm a singer myself, I'm well aware of the instability a musical career can have ... Other bands with potential don't even last for years, just for one or two albums or so. I pray that your not one of these bands, that I can still enjoy an album in the future, see you on stage again. I'm sure if you have the guts and master the tides of (music) life, you all can say without any doubt at the end: Hell it was worth it!

So, go for the ride! Best regards from Vienna.

Nora (Fan since your beginning)

Comment by Lino | 30.04.2015

Hey guys im happy to see that you are working to maintain this great band.
So when the time for release another masterpiece please do a pre order here with special editions for the fans, so we can support you directly.
Stay metal \m/

Comment by Timothy I | 15.03.2015

I must admit I am somewhat disappointed with the departure of Clementine. I respect that as artists you both must be free to follow where your vision takes you, but I believe War of Ages is an artistic breakthrough, at least in part due to Clementine's contributions. Your two voices together create a truly amazing sound to my ears. The Art of War and Royal Pain are simply beautiful. Clementine's presence on Shining Oasis is mostly in the background, yet I can't imagine the song without it. And her work on For Freedom's Sake is stunning. I had hoped that the next steps would open up even more potential in these directions. Don't worry, I will continue to follow both Serenity and Clementine, and like you say, perhaps - but only perhaps - your paths will cross again.

My even greater hope is that some day you will find your way to visit sunny Florida. We are in great need of new and original music, with only Delain/Nightwish on the visible horizon, so to speak. Stay a night in Jacksonville, and I'll cook you a spaghetti dinner.

Comment by brandt | 28.02.2015

Great to hear! Fan from America can't wait to hear the new stuff!

Comment by Kel | 21.02.2015

I was wishing to see more of Clemi in the next album but I think that won't happen... Well, War of Ages was a great album, and I expect more from you guys :D

Comment by chad calloway | 19.02.2015

i will definitely miss clementine and her lovely voice. i have complete faith in you guys! i've never been disappointed by a single song. thank you for keeping it going for us fans. -coming from Portland, Oregon, USA

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