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Fall Of Serenity The Crossfire


01. Immortal Kingdom 02. Knife to Meet You 03. Recreation 04. The Crossfire 05. A Whore Called Freedom 06. Funeral Eclipse 07. Act of Grace 08. In Case of Death 09. Blindfolded 10. Blood Portrait
2008 Lifeforce Records
Our score 4

by Nick
5/6/2008

It's easy to forget that bands like Germany's Fall of Serenity still exist. With The Crossfire as the band's fourth studio album, they continue to offer up helpings of well-executed European death metal with absolutely pristine production. Easily lumped into the euro-metal group occupied by peers Dew-Scented and Heaven Shall Burn, Fall of Serenity is hard to dismiss as a group of no-talent metal musicians. In fact, that couldn't be farther from the truth. Tight riffs, straightforward songwriting, and very capable drumming allow The Crossfire to have all of the makings of a quality melodic death metal album on paper. But there's a problem. It's boring. Painfully boring. So boring that the disc's 51 minutes seem like an insurmountable mountain of predictability each and every time. So there you have it: pure apathy. "Immortal Kingdom" begins with catchy riffs and precise blasts before it locks into some nicely executed chugs, but you've heard it all before. The title track showcases a mix of thrash and melodic leads along with some competent double-bass work, but it's nothing that you wouldn't rather obtain from a nostalgic Bay Area record instead. "Funeral Eclipse" provides a bit of less melodic tremolo riffs to attempt to balance out some of the record's catchier moments, but it lacks the overall grittiness necessary to sound jarring. And with the band doing some major member shifts in between Bloodred Salvation and The Crossfire, the promise of some innovative musicianship was definitely there. But the result is simply a very competent record that has been written over and over again. It's likely that a good number of kids in Europe will still eat this up, as will diehard melodic death metal fans in all locations, but without any originality or recorded abrasiveness, this album is the definition of forgettable. Bottom Line: Listeners into pristine, European death metal will have no trouble enjoying Fall of Serenity's The Crossfire. Unfortunately, this record sounds exactly like a ton of death metal records that already exist, so best of luck in actually getting excited about this release. It's unlikely that too many people will remember this record.

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YouAreSceneAsFuck_ 5/6/2008 10:03:00 PM

first post.


doom_ 5/6/2008 10:14:56 PM

what a shitty f*cking review. 6 paragraphs that say the same thing. i havent heard the record, so i cant judge... but you could of just said "These guys know how to play & play well... but theres nothing new here. Its not a bad album but you've heard this before somewhere else." 4/10 ...done. hire me lambgoat.


thorgasm_ 5/7/2008 12:35:46 AM

I think the review was inventive. I enjoyed the elements of post modern prose, such as the dramatic lead in from the first to second paragraph. Very dadaist in approach and ultimately effective.


makebabies_ 5/7/2008 4:39:20 AM

european 'death metal' = bad


Cosmo Kramer_ 5/7/2008 8:14:33 AM

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HailsFromGermany_ 5/7/2008 10:39:18 AM

Sie zogen mich nackt ab ließ mich mein ballsack erheben, so konnten sie darunter überprüfen, und ließen mich dann beugen und breiteten meinen asscheeks einzeln aus, so konnten sie innerhalb meines Arschloches schauen.


John_ 5/7/2008 10:45:54 AM

Verschlossen kennen Sie einen echten Musiker nicht, wenn Sie denjenigen hören. Was Sie in einer Art zähem Kerl-Band ist. Wir haben mehr Talent in unseren kleinen Fingern dann Sie tun in Ihrem ganzen Körper. Gehen Sie zu Ihrer dummen mosh Musik zurück.


phobophile_ 5/7/2008 11:42:44 AM

Definitely worthy of a 10/10. Reviewer is a gay.


anonymous 5/7/2008 12:27:19 PM

generic band.


Faggot_ 5/7/2008 2:04:33 PM

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kent_ 5/7/2008 9:04:45 PM

speak english you f*cking nazi bastards!


anonymous 5/7/2008 11:36:01 PM

he re-edited this. jerk.


wizardsbeard_ 5/8/2008 6:21:23 AM

knife to meet you


afterhtefall_ 5/12/2008 6:18:07 PM

Decent record. Lame review....6/10


Godfather_ 5/17/2008 5:42:40 PM

Why didn't you mention the penchant bands of this ilk have for Bolt thrower? you haven't told me once what the band actually sounds like... "melodic death metal" great, now what kind? In flames, Dissection?, Edge of sanity maybe. Worthless metaphorical bullshit.