Serious Black

Vengeance Is Mine
AFM Records
Release: 25 February 2022

SERIOUS BLACK release their new album ‘Vengeance Is Mine’, out now on AFM Records. 

One of the new songs on Serious Black’s upcoming studio album ‘Vengeance Is Mine’ is called ‘Album Of Our Life’ and hits the nail on the head in several respects. On the one hand, the international power metal band surrounding bassist and founder Mario Lochert has succeeded in creating what is probably the most powerful and imaginative work of its career so far, with loads of great guitar riffs, grooving rhythms and anthemic melodies. On the other hand, the album’s lyrics venture into territories previously uncharted by the band.
Lochert: “This time, I have allowed more insights into my emotions and private life than ever before, i.e. into how I think, how I feel, how I am, and how difficult it can be to keep a band going when you yourself aren’t well. The lyrics on ‘Vengeance Is Mine’ reflect the past four or five years. This, of course, has had an impact on the songwriting, which has become even more intense and emotional.

Lochert`s assessment that his band has succeeded in creating a masterpiece in ‘Vengeance Is Mine’ is based on the band’s latest addition: Nikola Mijic, a powerful singer from Serbia who, after a successful guest appearance with British act Eden`s Curse, has become Serious Black’s new frontman. Mijić has replaced the group’s former vocalist Urban Breed, who had announced his departure in spring 2021. Lochert: “To be honest, we were pretty stunned when Urban left during of the songwriting for ‘Vengeance Is Mine’, but of course, we wish him all the best for the future. Since we didn’t want to lose any time due to Urban’s departure, we immediately set about looking for a new singer while continuing to work on the new material.”

Fortunately, help was at hand: Serious Black`s vocalist friend Henning Basse (ex-Metalium, -Firewind) stepped in to help work out the vocal melodies and vocal phrasing of five songs, and Greek multi-instrumentalist Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Outloud) supported the writing of the new material. Lochert: “We have been close friends with Henning and Bob for years, so we were of course very happy that they helped out.”

And so what belongs together has at last come together in Serious Black: Thanks to Nikola Mijić’s expressive timbre, guitarist Dominik Sebastian’s rapid riffs and hooks, drummer Ramy Ali’s driving grooves and bassist and bandleader Mario Lochert’s diverse songwriting, ‘Vengeance Is Mine’ has turned into a prime example of a deeply melodic and at the same time exudingly dynamic power metal album.

‘Vengenance Is Mine’ was produced and mixed by Lochert at his Serious Black Studio in Kirchseeon. The guitars were recorded by Dominik Sebastian at his own studio and all
orchestral arrangements and keyboards were cut by Bob Katsionis in Greece. Serious Black enlisted singer Anna Likunic from Belgrade for the anthemnic background vocals (Lochert: “You could also say: angel choirs!”). Mika Jussila (Avantasia, Stratovarius, Nightwish) was in charge of the first mastering sessions at the renowned Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, before the recordings  were polished by Konst Fischer during a second, innovative mastering process to optimise the sound. Lochert: “This time we really pulled out all the stops to get the optimum result. And I think our efforts have really paid off!”
Nikola Mijic (Vocals), Dominik Sebastian (Guitar), Bob Katsionis (Guitar) Mario Lochert (Bass), Rami Ali (Drums)
01 – Rock With Us Tonight
02 – Out Of The Ashes
03 – Fallen Hero
04 – Senso Della Vita
05 – Ray Of Light
06 – Soul Divider
07 – Tonight I’m Ready To Fight
08 – Just For You
09 – Soldiers Of Eternal Light
10 – The Story
11 – Queen Of Lies
12 – Album Of Our Life
13 – Alea Iacta Est

Serious Black – Out Of The Ashes

Serious Black – Senso Della Vita

Serious Black – Rock With Us Tonight

Serious Black – The Story

Serious Black – Let Me Go

Serious Black – When The Stars Are Right

Serious Black – The Witch Of Caldwell Town

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