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Serious Black


SERIOUS BLACK
Senso Della Vita
AFM Records
Release: 2 December 2021

SERIOUS BLACK release new single and video ‘Senso Della Vita‘, out now on AFM Records, new album ‘Vengeance Is Mine’ to be released 25th Feb 2022.

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36gbhecJI6c

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 melodic metal act 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 razor-sharp guitar riffs, grooving rhythms and anthemic melodies. On the other hand, the album’s lyrics venture into territories previously uncharted by the band.
This time, I have allowed more insights into my emotions and private life than ever before, in example 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.“ Says Lochert. “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.”
 
Vengeance Is Mine is slated for a release on February 25, 2022 through AFM Records, it will also mark the debut of SERIOUS BLACK’s new vocalist Nikola Mijic. With his powerful voice and expressive timbre, guitarist Dominik Sebastian’s rapid riffs and hooks, drummer Ramy Ali’s driving grooves and bassist Mario Lochert’s diverse songwriting, Vengeance Is Mine has turned into a prime example of a deeply melodic yet dynamic metal album!
 
After previously released songs such as “The Story” or the blistering “Rock With Us Tonight”, today SERIOUS BLACK has unleashed a brand new lyric video for their third, enthralling album single, “Senso Della Vita“. 
Says band mastermind Lochert:
“It’s only 3 months left until the release of our new album “Vengeance Is Mine“.
On this album we let you look deep inside our private lifes. For us it was a big step which required us courage and overcoming and led to crossing of various principles. 

“Senso Della Vita” – the meaning of life – tells of a daily situation that almost everyone has to deal with. EVERYBODY has to be the best – always. On instagram, facebook and other channels you need to present yourself as the biggest, the most beautiful, the pick of the bunch. Who is not fitting to that picture will be stamped. Just the surface is important, not one’s character. Some even hide and disclaim other people, friends, family because of being ashamed for them and they don’t fit into their picture and life.“

 
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. 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 adds: “This time we really pulled out all the stops to get the optimum result. And I think our efforts have really paid off!” 

Set to be released on February 25, 2022, the pre-sale of Vengenance Is Mine is now available at THIS LOCATION!
 
In addition to the CD, you could also call the limited box set your own. In addition to the CD digipak it contains a microfiber towel (160x80cm), the bonus CD “Rock With Us Tonight”, a sticker, an original signed autograph card and the certificate of authenticity.
 You also have the chance to get a vinyl in Clear Red, Purple or the limited orange / black splatter vinyl, which is exclusively available at the AFM shop, the choice is yours.
Pre-order ‘Vengeance Is Mine’ now at: https://shop.afm-records.de/serious-black/

Tracklist:
Rock With Us Tonight
Out Of The Ashes
Fallen Hero
Senso Della Vita
Ray Of Light
Soul Divider
Tonight I’m Ready To Fight
Just For You
Soliders Of Eternal Light
The Story
Queen Of Lies
Album Of Our Life
Alea lacta Est  
 
Band Members:
Nikola Mijić (Vocals)
Dominik Sebastian (Guitar)
Bob Katsionis (Guitar, Keyboards)
Mario Lochert (Bass)
Ramy Ali (Drums)

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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