Serenity's End is a young band hailing from Finland and Another Day of Misery is their second demo consisting of four tracks. In essence, the music displayed on this disc is metal with the trademark Finnish melancholy that recalls masters like Amorphis and their forefathers Kingston Wall. But at the same time, Serenity's End likes to write heavier songs with fat bass throbs and fatal rhythm guitars. Juha Simola's voice is the type that would best fit dark and depressive music that is also unafraid to dive headlong into heavier, crunchier sections. His vocals are deep and all-clean sung, but synth player Matti Pouke does some occasional death metal style back vocals, though they're kept to a strict minimum.
Actually the rare growls offered by Pouke give this disc a slight Wolverine feel circa their first full-length release The Window Purpose. That said, Serenity's End is no where near as progressive as Wolverine or any other prog band for that matter. Their songs fall more in the melodic metal category with dark lyrical themes, searing acoustic guitars, grey synth textures, and a competent rhythmic anchor. All four songs feature a healthy dose of acoustic guitars which eventually transform into cutting electric leads, as Simola sings the lyrics confidently. Miika Pesonen's guitar work is captivating throughout, particularly during the serene acoustic passages that could be likened to some Opeth or later day Katatonia. "Born Outside" is one of their most adventurous tracks on this demo with lots of processed vocal tracks, heavy bass parts, great drumming, and semi-growled backing vocals. The title track, on the other hand, is perhaps their best work as well as their longest. The vocals on this song are amazing and Pouke's keyboards generate a cluttered atmosphere that finally segues into a classicaly inspired guitar solo that is simply gorgeous.
The information on the band's website reveals the guys in Serenity's End are also involved in other projects. If they can give this band a priority, they should find a label soon. This is promising stuff and recommended to fans of the aforementioned bands in one way or another.
- Born Outside
- Another Day of Misery