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Fall of Serenity: Bloodred Salvation
Melodic Death Metal
Lifeforce Records
May 12th, 2006
Release length: 40:45
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Bloodred Salvation, the third full length album from melodic death act Fall Of Serenity, is currently available through Lifeforce Records, which has been releasing some rather impressive acts lately. This album does show a lot of potential from the band, and is another nice product from the label, but is it worth rushing out to try to find a copy for yourself?

Well, if you’re looking for the next breakneck speed melodic death album, this will disapoint you a bit. For the most part, the music found on Bloodred Salvation is of a mid-tempo pace, blending in some industrial sounding keyboards to the background for added effect, and a vocalist that ranges from decent low gutteral and a higher gutteral that sounds like a shout. It’s not bad, but sometimes it feels like the really low or really high vocals are just random. Aside that, this release is pretty good and well executed, not giving into the current keyboard driven trend sweeping this style, with the exception of the piano instrumental track “Bloodred Salvation” which is a nice, haunting song. The guitar riffs on the album aren’t all that complicated, and often rather simple, but it does benefit some of the songs, such as “Dead Eyes” and “Overflowing Senses”.

“Raise Your Remorse” and “As I Watch” are the fastest tracks on the CD, even though “As I Watch” gradually slows down from it’s rather intense start. “Swallowed Lies” could be considered more of a faster then mid-tempo track, especially due to the blast beats that appear during the song, but it would have sounded much better had the song just been a little faster overall. These also seem to be the heaviest sounding tracks on the album (with the exception of “Swallow Lies”), which raises the question of the production quality. The quality is good for the most part, but it’s clear that if the guitars were layered a little more, if they were at all, the album would have sounded much heavier then it does. The drums are fine, except the loud cymbol crashes will often drown out the vocals.

With all that said, the album isn’t the greatest melodic death album on the face of the earth, but it does show a lot of hope for the band, and still has a lot of good songs on here, ranging from fast and heavy (towards the end with “Raise Your Remorse” and “Overflowing Senses”), as well as some really catchy songs to kick off the album. Had there been a little more effort on the production quality of the guitar riffs then the distortion used on it, this would have greatly helped the album along. If you happen to come across this CD, preferably used, or if you just want to check out a song or two off the release, it would be worth it. Hopefully these issues are corrected for their next release, and we’re given a much heavier sounding ass kicker of a release.


01. Blood Starts Running (Intro) – 1:59
02. Out Of The Clouds – 4:31
03. A Piece Of You – 3:37
04. Dead Eyes – 4:47
05. Bloodred Salvation – 2:30
06. Raise Your Remorse – 4:25
07. As I Watch – 4:24
08. Overflowing Senses – 4:39
09. Swallowed lies – 4:41
10. Twin Curse – 5:12
Initial Pressing Score: 5.5/10

Fall of Serenity
Fall of Serenity

Digital review copy of this release provided by Records.