Anyway, the new album by The Nightstalker, All for a Promise, is different from the previous albums by Sercati. First of all, we note a more professional approach than in the past; no more the raw (and perhaps bad) productions of the past, but a more painstaking and clean sound. From a musical standpoint, the compositions of Sercati are more wide-ranging. The black metal component and the distorted riffing were reduced, while there is a bigger deal of melody. I find that All for a Promise is much closer to gothic metal; piano and acoustic arpeggios show in my opinion influences from bands such as Lacrimosa and My Dying Bride.
This time the lyrics revolve around the struggle between the Nighstalker and Lucifer with changing fortunes; at the end, Lucifer rises a new army against the Nightstalker, but we will learn the outcome of the battle in the next installment of this saga, that will be perhaps revealed in the next album by The Nightstalker or Sercati.
All for a Promise is an album full of melancholy and displays artistic maturity and quite a personal style. It is a very good release not to be missed if you like gothic atmospheres. I hope to hear soon again from Sercati, and I hope that he differentiate more his bands in the future.
Release date: April 18 2015 on Wolfshade Records. Mastermind Sercati has written a book about the Nightstalker, Le journal du Nightstalker, (‘The Diary of the Nightstalker). The latest release by the band Sercati is the EP In the Shadows of Sidewalks, 2015.
1. But not in Me
2. Sergent Mattennen
3. Fight Under the Rain
4. The Purgatory
5. The Diversion 03:02
6. The Prisonners Eescape
7. I Miss Her
8. The Choice
9. In the Heart of Limbo
10. Army of Darkness
Steve "Serpent" Fabry: bass, vocals
Yannick Martin: drum programming, backing vocals
Jean Christophe Dechesne: rhythmic guitar
Olivier Clément: lead guitar
Text by Herjann