Emerald Sun
Under the Curse of Silence

1. Kill Or Be Killed
2. All As One
3. Carry On
4. Blast
5. Weakness And Shame
6. Journey Of Life
7. Rebel Soul
8. Land Of Light
9. Slaves To Addiction
10. Fame (Irene Cara Cover)
11. World On Fire
12. La Fuerza Del Ser (Spanish Version)

Stelios "Theo" Tsakirides - vocals
Johnnie Athanasiadi - guitars
Pavlos Georgiadis - guitars
Fotis "Sheriff" Toumanides - bass
Serafim Gioldasis - keyboards
Vasilis Stavrianidis - drums

The Story Begins (2005)
Escape from Twilight (2007)
Regeneration (2011)

Metal Dome (2015)

Marcos Rodriguez - bg vocal, acc. guitar
Peavy Vagner - vocals
George Baltas - drum

All instruments recorded by Kostas Kofinas at Blueberry Studios
All vocals recorded by Marcos Rodriguez at Soundchaser Studios
Artwork by Anja Kronenberg
Produced, mixed and mastered by Marcos Rodriguez

Released 2018-04-13
Reviewed 2018-04-20



Greek Emerald Sun appears to be under the curse of silence, or perhaps not – they release their fourth album called Under Curse of Silence so it may be imagined to combat said curse. Their previous album Metal Dome was a pretty good album but perhaps nothing really exciting and by just looking at the cover it is easy to imagine that this album is more of the same – the artwork isn’t particularly great. Luckily for them it is all about the music and I have been listening to that for many hours and come up with some opinions about it.

Musically it is power metal, nothing special in that regard – they are not a band that thinks outside the box or offers any musical surprises, they just make power metal. The production has some Ragey influences as some of the Rage guys has lended their hand to production and Peavy does a guest appearance as well. And we are given the regular variety of songs with some anthemic ones, catchy power metal songs with strong choruses and that sort of thing and we the power ballad as well. The album gives us a dozen tracks and the playing time is fairly long, too long in my opinion.

Pretty good and solid album overall, the songs are generally of good quality where one or two stands out a little bit extra. And the album overall does feel a bit too average to really stand out and I would say that it mostly feels aimed at the power metal fans, those who are already convinced that this is the best ever genre. For those who are more like me and prefer a more novel approach it is really difficult to be impressed and I don’t really see that this album will be remember a few weeks from now, let alone a few months from now. It will drown amongst the numerous other bands that appear in this genre, the album doesn’t stand out enough to make an impression.

The track called Journey of Life is the highlight for me, it also comes in a Spanish version that ends this album – a great ending on an album that otherwise can’t be considered much to bring along for the journey of life. It might be that for these guys the silence isn’t really a curse, they give us a solid album with one really strong song that comes in two languages.




Label: Fastball Music
Three similar bands: Helloween/Hammerfall/Edguy
Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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