|Review: Emerald (USA) - Requiem|
Year released: 2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 16, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
This is not the Swiss band I am familiar with, but a band from Tuscon, Arizona who were apparently together in the '80s, released nothing, and now have reformed to crank out stripped-down metal at the rate of about an album a year, this being their fourth since 2014.
Overall this is kind of underwhelming. This band seems more like a studio hobby, and they sound like it. The recording is competent but bland, the songs pretty much ride a single riff through each song, without any kind of build or tension. They start, go on, repeat, and end without anything really interesting happening. The riffs are fine, but they get repeated so much they lose traction long before the song is over. Guitarist/vocalist Jeff Melin has a thin, kind of sneery voice that works fine with the '80s hard rock vibe, but he doesn't have much range, and doesn't really add anything to the music. This is a long way from terrible, but it's more like an Alice Cooper cover band than anything actually exciting.
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