"Royal Killing" (Metal Age; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Rooted in old-school Swedish-styled death metal, Germany-based Fall Of Serenity draw from the best of the genre’s early days to today’s more metalcore and melody-infused styles. To my ears, Fall Of Serenity sound like a cross between Darkest Hour and Killswitch Engage. The Darkest Hour influences comes mostly from the growling vocal style and the Killswitch Engage reference is courtesy of the band’s deft use of melody (musical and vocal).

The title track and the last track, “Demon-(mon)archy,” are particularly impressive. Each of these tracks blends speed, aggression, and twin-guitar riffs/leads that impale the sonic memory banks. “Falling Apart” is another standout track as it builds and gathers strength reaching an epic feel by the song’s end.

Overall, “Royal Killing” is a fairly solid album – it’s consistently good and attempts to simultaneously honor and break free of melodic death metal’s traditions and constraints. Fall Of Serenity is a band worth checking out and I think will be a band that could be reckoned with if they continue to mature in both sound and delivery.

“Royal Killing” was produced by Patrik W. Engel.

Fall Of Serenity is Rene Betzold on vocals, Alex Fisher and Eddy Langner on guitars, John Gahlert on bass and backing vocals, and Nick Putzmann on drums.

For more information visit http://www.fallofserenity.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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