This is the 7th full length album from this French Canadian death metal quintet. Drummer Max Duhamel quit the band because he didn't want to tour and be apart from his family. This album features Martin Maurais on drums. He is able to play at a much faster tempo than they were used to and this helped the band to expand their songwriting.
This album is more musically mature and stronger all around than their previous 2 albums; Epic
and Shadows Of Dust
. This is a heavier album with improved song structures. They like to have their albums at 40 minutes long, because they consider this a reasonable length. They don't want their albums too long or too short. The title Serenity in Fire
is supposed to represent a balance of the positive and negative, which vocalist Maurizio Iacono considers important to keep things interesting. He writes his lyrics so that people can relate to them. He enjoys hearing the fans chant his lyrics, when they perform live.
This album was mostly written on the road, because the band had a very extensive touring schedule. They were so busy that they recorded this album in a month and a half.
My album has their songs arranged in a different order than what is represented on SOM. The Ambassador Of Pain
starts off with a grim statement and then thrashes onward with interludes of some very catchy death metal hooks. The Resurrected
is a very speedy and rhythmic song. It's about the return of someone who was double-crossed. As I Slither is an energetic and melodic song about a snake seeking revenge. I selected a live video for As I Slither for you to check out. For All Our Sins jams with some intricate shredding. It's about the sorrow of guilt trips. The Night
They Returned thrashes intensely, it's about the bloodlust of a homicidal maniac. Serenity in Fire
thrashes melodically with lyrics that seem to be about a troubled religionist who is contemplating suicide. Under The Bleeding Sun
is another awesome song on this album.
are without a doubt, the greatest death metal band from Canada and arguably, the best death metal band in the world. I don't think that death metal gets any better than Kataklysm
and when they release a new album I don't think twice before buying it. I have that much confidence in this band. I can only compare this band to Dismember
(Sweden) or Sepultura
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