Everwaiting Serenade - All Rise

6 songs
24:55 minutes
***** ****


Starting in 2006, Everwaiting Serenade from Luxembourg didn’t take long to build a loyal fan base. Their first EP The Caress (2007) was a solid first sign of life, even though they still played rather classic metalcore back then. Two years later they acted already much more progressive on their longplayer Lungwork.

This year they are back with another EP, titled All Rise, that shows the band catchier than ever before. As on the debut, they hired producer Charel Stoltz who once again did a great job.

The main ingredients are still hardcore and brutal metal, but Everwaiting Serenade play more than just regular metalcore. The opener Trading Tales may show them from a rather typical side, but on the following Overflow they are much faster and accessible. The vocals are quite outstanding and remind a little of Suicidal Tendencies’ Mike Muir. Safe’n’Sound is a downright unusual song, with vocalist Julien rapping in English, while the Luxembourgish rap parts have been taken over by De Läb’s Corbi. It speaks for EWS’s broadmindedness that they are absolutely able to succeed this collaboration with a band that couldn’t be more different from them. The most uncomplicated track is Inside, turning out to be a perfect party song that will certainly become a live standard in no time at all. A more atmospheric face of the band can be heard on Submission Moves, a track that at times reminds of the later, more introspective material of dEFDUMp. Let’s hope that Everwaiting Serenade will stay active for much longer, because the concluding A Place In The Sun is a classic piece that leaves you yearning for more.

All Rise is considered a concept album about two friends who speculate about topics like religion, spirituality and the likes. Too bad the EP doesn’t come with a lyrics sheet.

Everwaiting Serenade have definitely taken a huge step forward. They haven’t totally changed their identity, but added a lot of different details here and there that allowed them to come up with an enormously suspenseful and varied record. All Rise will doubtlessly increase the popularity of this excellent band.

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