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EMERALD SUN - Regeneration

 

Tracklist:

1. We Won’t Fall
2. Theater of Pain
3. Where Angels Fly
4. Regeneration
5. Starchild
6. Speak of the Devil
7. Planet Metal
8. Chasing the Wind
9. Fantasmagoria
10. Holding Out for a Hero (Bonnie Tyler Cover)

 

“Authentic and pure power from Greece”

Power? Check! High level production? Check! There are many power metal bands whose music is the same to Helloween, but only some of them are the exception because they have their identity and Emerald Sun are the biggest exception.
Some of their songs are typical Helloween songs from the era of Walls Of Jericho, but who cares; they do it so perfectly that in the end you are thinking of the song which you liked it and of the band.

In 2007 they released a great album of power metal and now after four years and after the substitution of their singer Jimmy with Theo Tsakiridis they recorded a new masterpiece called Regeneration. In this album it is obvious that their target is the combination of speed with melody and the result is something more than perfect even if we have heard that style again.

The first two songs “We won’t fall” and “Theater of pain” grab you at once, great riffs and anthemical choruses which I am sure that you will remember after a week. Both songs are from the fastest of the album and they offer to every listener pleasant moments and not boring. Apart from the speed Emerald show that they can play pure metal as in “Speak of the devil”, in here they express their love for Judas Priest and its solo is the best of the album.

When a band decides to create a song that lasts twelve minutes, takes a risk, which may lead the band to success or to failure and this because the song may be too tired for the listeners. Emerald Sun took that risk and the result is success. “Fantasmagoria” is the power epic poem of Regeneration, based on another power epic poem “Keeper of the seven keys” with great alternations on the guitar parts and with the participation of feminine vocals in the beginning and duringthe song and of their producer Vaggelis Maranis.

The contribution of the members is huge Johnnie Athanasiadis side by side with Pavlos Georgiadis achieve great things on guitars through their tough riffs and melodic solo, the keyboards sound like an electronic game, we an unstoppable drumming by Bill Kanakis and final Stelios, a great singer with a characteristic voice is able to keep it high for many seconds. Beyond the members it is important to mention this excellent production that many other bands would like to have.

Emerald Sun are regarded to be the future of power metal with Innerwish and Firewind in Greece and every step they do is very important and they can prove it even through their cover on “Holding out for a hero” from Bony Tyler. I am saying that because it is a serious cover and not a simple one so to use it as a bonus
track. Keep up the hard work guys because the future of power metal belongs to you!

 

Points: 8 / 10

Review by Dr. Feelgood

 

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