Recent Reviews

16.07.2017

09.07.2017

02.07.2017

25.06.2017

18.06.2017

11.06.2017

[ More Music Reviews ]


Emerald: Re-Forged
Emerald Re-Forged album new music review

Emerald: Re-Forged

Heavy/Power Metal
4.25/5.0

Re-Forged is the appropriate title for long-running Swiss metal band Emerald's fifth album. In the last year Emerald has gone through some significant personnel changes. Longtime vocalist and second guitarist Jvo Julmy left to be replaced by Thomas Winkler (T-Rage) on vocals. His guitar duties have been picked up by Manuel Werro (Shroudshifter, Fatherfuckers). To execute the Re-Forged Emerald the band also enlisted some heavyweight help including Sean Peck (Cage), Mike Sifringer (Destruction), Mike Steel (Steelclad), Oromi and Damir Eskic (Gonoreas).

What has not changed is Emerald's melodic heavy/power metal, which reminds of early NWOBHM merged with later European power metal. If you hear more than a bit of Maiden-esque metal, you're not far off. Mark of the Beast, Secret Agenda, and The Wanderer are dead on in this style. Emerald can also bump up the heaviness, while still bringing the melodic metal groove, as on Where's Your God and The Last Legion. Yet, Emerald is best when the combination of melodic, heavy, and power metal merge with epic as Mutiny, and the aforementioned The Wanderer and Secret Agenda. The only stumble is the melancholy, but quite strange, Pipes Are Calling. Otherwise, Emerald's Re-Forged is a fine work of classic melodic heavy/power metal. Recommended.




CraigHartranft.net - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft

In Short

Emerald's Re-Forged is a fine work of classic melodic heavy/power metal in the NWOBHM and European power metal tradition. Recommended.

Find A Review

Alphabetical Index

a b c d e f g h i j
k l m n o p q r s t
u v w x y z #
Loading
Album of the Week
Click to read the Galderia Return Of The Cosmic Men CD Album review

Though I've reviewed bands from France, it's not the first country I think of for heavy metal. But they do exist with bands such as Fairyland, Adagio, and Nightmare to name a few. (Curiously when doing a Google search for "French heavy ... [ Read More ]