Serenity – Codex Atlanticus


Serenity is an internationally renowed Symphonic Metal band from Austria founded in 2004. They already released five studio albums via their label Napalm Records: Words Untold & Dreams Unlived (2007), Fallen Sanctuary (2008), Death and Legacy (2011) and War Of Ages (2013) and The band currently consists of its four bandmembers Georg Neuhauser (vocals), Christian Hermsdörfer (guitars), Fabio D’Amore (bass, backing vocals) and Andreas Schipflinger (drums).

Following the historical concept of their more recent albums Death and Legacy and War Of Ages, their Austrian Amadeus-Award winning album Codex Atlanticus (Jan. 29th 2016) is this time inspired by the life of Leonardo Da Vinci. So be prepared for the thrilling stories and sciences of this famous universal genius!

I am very honoured that my music and my arrangements are part of this epic journey. Once again, I was responsible for the orchestration and synth programming and I also contributed with the instrumental introduction to the album. The intro is at the same time the title track of Codex Atlanticus and it involves the performances of two incredibly talented musicians: Simon Huber on Cello and Amanda Somerville on vocals.

The other tracks on the album cover everything from soft ballads to sing-along melodies to ‘in-your-face’ heavy metal and it really was a joy to support them with my orchestrations! Of course, I did my best to make the orchestra to sound as monumental, movie-scorish and epic as possible and at the same time support the heavy guitars and the excellent riffing by Christian Hermsdörfer.

Guest appearences include Amanda Somerville (vocals), Simon Huber (Cello) and Natasha Koch (vocals)and the CD was mixed and mastered by Jan Vacik at Dreamsound Studioes Munich.

The album is full of great musical moments and little surprises, so go and get yourself a copy!

I will update this page as soon as more news and audio snippets will be released by the band!

Official Video


Codex Atlanticus received highly favourable reviews from major international magazines and webzines:

[…] songs with Disney-esque melodies and a simple love for all that is high powered and over the top. […] the implementation of the synths is absolutely stellar. It helps to show the quality of the musicianship is impressive and adds to the sheer bombast of the music.
[…] The compositions and the production of the orchestra is ingenius, sophisticated, used very wisely and is full of bombast.
Piano, strings and flutes […] sound good, are masterly arranged and convey blockbuster-like soundtrack flair.
Markus Schleutermann, EMP
[…] The classical samples are so good it sounds like a real symphony played on this record.
Jerel johnson, tamagazine
On their new record, Serenity again mix great melodies and hard riffs with fabulous orchestrations and epic choirs!
Kalle, Kalle-Rock
The introductory track is absolutely tremendous, really setting the scene well and giving it an all-round epic feel as it builds things up and up thanks to the perfectly-executed orchestration […]
Natalie Humphries, Soundscape Magazine
[…] Man merkt “Codex Atlanticus” zu jeder Sekunde an, dass sehr viel Arbeit in diesem Album steckt. Vor allem die Orchestrierung ist sehr professionell als wichtiger Teil in die Musik integriert worden […]
Thomas Becker,


Codex Atlanticus features the following tracks:

  • Codex Atlanticus
  • Follow Me
  • Sprouts Of Terror
  • Iniquity
  • Reason
  • My Final Chapter
  • Caught In A Myth
  • Fate Of Light
  • The Perfect Woman
  • Spirit In The Flesh
  • The Order
  • Forgive Me (Bonus)

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Beside the normal album, there is also a deluxe version available for purchase. You can buy Codex Atlanticus in the following shops:


My Final Chapter