Emerald, review, Requiem, USA

Band: Emerald
Title: Requiem
Genre: Heavy Metal 
Release Date: 24 October 2018


Jeff Melin: guitar and vocals
Duane Hollis: bass and vocals,
Will Jones: drums


1. Endless War
2. Against the Wall
3. Eye to Eye
4. Inescapable
5. Tir de Masse
6. Out of the Light
7. Promised Land
8. Without a Stone

Emerald is the studio-based metal project of rock and roll stalwarts Jeff Melin and Duane Hollis. Founded in Tucson, Arizona back in metal’s heyday of the mid-1980s, the group is back on the international music scene after a long hiatus with a new record and a revitalized career. Melin and Hollis reconvened Emerald with a vengeance in 2014 and the results speak for themselves. The new album is called Requiem and is an eight- song blast of Emerald’s brand of powerful old-school metal. The music is an homage to the early days of heavy music, a timeless sound that recalls 70s Black Sabbath and also touches on other highlights of that golden era.
“Requiem”, released on 24 October 2018, is the group’s fourth album since 2014 and its music has received many positive reviews and consistent airplay on internet radio. This has allowed Emerald to build a fanbase not only in the USA but in places like Australia, Brazil, Poland, and Germany.
Much of Emerald’s genius lies in its decision not to modernize its influences. The band carries the torch of genre giants like Sabbath, Judas Priest, Accept, and Iron Maiden.
Emerald gives us a deep impact with the first track “Endless War”, a start with  a good a classic metal sound.
The catchy “Against the Wall” it’s a faster track that accompany such a good vocal. Here we can find hard rock with a touch of Black Sabbath sound.
“Eye To Eye” sees the delicate touch of piano intro, good harmonies for each instruments, a very brilliant song.
Good drum roll intro for “Inescapable”, a doom stoner rock in which the band created an interesting up and down tempo. Another good piece.
Heavy sound for “Tir De Masse” in which Guns N Roses’ sound seems the roots for this piece, instrumental piece of such a beautiful atmosphere.
“Out Of The Light” encloses heavy as Slayer, the classicism and technical’s of Malmsteen, the result is an interesting piece
Amazing is “Promised Land” that reminds the western soul of Bon Jovi, just a good piece with blues touch , simply perfect.
To close the album, “Without A Stone” with such a good drum intro, an experimental piece with good vocals.
“Requiem” it’s very good album, a miscellanies of heavy metal styles and rock, good work for the American Emerald.

Valeria Campagnale