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The Grand Enigma
“The Grand Enigma” marks the debut album of Sad Serenity, the brainchild of German multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator, Marcell Kaemmerer. Conceived and finalized during the challenging COVID lockdowns of 2020/21, this project was unveiled on March 17, 2023, demonstrating exceptional craftsmanship.
Marcell Kaemmerer, the creative force behind Sad Serenity, has long dedicated his life to music. The tumultuous year of 2020 sparked a resolve in him to share his creations, leading to his solo performances on guitars, basses, and keyboards and crafting all compositions, lyrics, vocal lines, concepts, and arrangements on this album.
Born in 1979, Marcell, a well-versed musician and former music and English teacher, has been offering freelance guitar/piano lessons since 2010 and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.
The effort and detail invested by Marcell are evident, placing this album a notch above typical debut works.
For “The Grand Enigma,” Marcell collaborated with renowned guest and session musicians, including Richard Henshall of Haken, and other sound and visual artists to realize his musical, conceptual, and lyrical vision. A constant presence in the album is the singer, George Margaritopoulos, whose vocal timbre impeccably complements the musical essence of the project.
Marcell views Sad Serenity as a harmonious blend of chance, dedication, and a love for eclectic music. His influences span across Progressive Rock, Metal, Ethno, Classical, and Electronic music, reflecting a diverse musical palette. His work seamlessly blends the energy of rock with the sophistication of classical music, integrating unconventional instrumentations, polyrhythms, and extensive song structures, enriched with cinematic elements.
This debut album showcases Marcell’s commitment to quality and potential in the prog genre. The effort and detail invested by Marcell are evident, placing this album a notch above typical debut works. We hope this album is just the beginning of full future of more great albums from Sad Serenity.
Despite its “metal” label, the album resonates with pleasing melodies and remains harmonious and accessible to Prog Radio listeners.
Tune into Prog Radio to explore several tracks from this outstanding record and experience its musical depth.
Mar 17, 2023
1 hr 2 min
Clinging • Second Awakening • Boomerang • Vivid Dreams
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