|Review: Emerald (Netherlands) - Voice for the Silent|
|Voice for the Silent|
Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: June 21, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Voice for the Silent
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)
Starting out as The Trash (1975-79) and then changing their name to Warrior (1979-84) the band continued from then on under the current name of Emerald before splitting up in 1989. We could easily say that these Dutch Heavy Metal soldiers do have some history behind them. Well, they recorded their debut album, titled Down Town, which was released on a small Megaton label back in 1985. And that's where the story of the band's first Heavy Metal crusade ends.
Years passed by, and the news in 2002 was that Emerald had regrouped, having vocalist Bert Kivits and guitarist Allard Ekkel still remaining from the recording lineup of the band's debut album. To make a long historiography short, Emerald's full potential was noticed in the Italian Metal on Metal Records headquarters. And the band's follow-up album, Voice for the Silent, began to see the light of day in November 2017.
Having not heard the band's debut, I naturally cannot judge the band's new album comparatively to their debut, which at least received some good feedback among some enlightened Heavy Metal maniacs out there back in the day. But damn, Voice for the Silent sounds like a very good slice of pure and authentic Heavy Metal that has the 80s production, the lovable 80s Heavy Metal vibe, and the 80s feeling stamped all over it. These Dutchmen swear heavily in the names of both old-school Heavy Metal greats à la Griffin, Riot, early Manowar and the like as well as in the NWOBHM genre (Priest, Maiden, Diamond Head, Satan, etc.), adopting a sound that is somewhere between these two worlds. When you listen to this disc, there's always something so familiar in their sound that makes you jump out of your chair, just to say, "hey, didn't this part sound like this or that?", whilst tapping your fingertips against the table, or grabbing your air guitar to shred like Mr. Tipton or Mr. Smith. Bert on vocals may not be the most technical of metal vocalists out there, but his slightly nasal voice melds together just well with the band's very sincere-sounding Heavy Metal anthems, even when he does a more ballad type of singing, like on "Train of Unbelief," and "Rhymes of Robin Hood." Did someone say Klaus Meine? I guess I just did.
Voice for the Silent does not break new Heavy Metal ground but it does feature enough to get you to return back to it if you are a fan of the back-to-the-roots type of Heavy Metal, and that's just about all we need.
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