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Formed: 1995
From: Düdingen, Switzerland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Emerald News

Below is our complete Emerald news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Emerald To Enter Studio

Swiss traditional metal act Emerald will enter the studio this November to begin recording a new album. The band will record again at the Little Creek Studio in Switzerland with Producer V.O. Pulver (Poltergeist, Gurd, Destruction). The title, track list and release date for the seventh studio release is not yet been announced.

The album is the follow up to the 2012 release "Unleashed" and will mark the first album with new vocalist George Call (Aska, ex-Omen) on vocals, Julien Menth on lead guitar and Vania Truttmann on bass. Call replaced Thomas Winkler, who left to put his full efforts into Gloryhammer.

More information on the upcoming release is expected soon.

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Emerald Names New Vocalist

Swiss power metal act has named Aska vocalist George Call (ex-Omen) as its new vocalist, replacing Thomas Winkler, who left in 2013 to front Gloryhammer full time.

The announcement reads: "Amongst many great candidates, we finally found the perfect singer for our sound! Many of you may already know him! It's the great…….. (drum roll)…………. GEORGE CALL (Aska, ex-Omen)!!!

"We are beyond happy that one of the greatest metal singers of our times is now a part of our band! It's gonna be a whole new experience working with a singer that lives overseas, but everyone who has already heard his amazing voice knows it will be totally worth it! Just listen to his vocals on our song 'Eye of the Serpent'" [heard in the player below]

George Call commented: "It came to be that Emerald were in the unenviable position of having to look for a singer. They thought I was far too busy but I'm glad we talked because our collaboration on the song 'Eye of the Serpent' was, bar none, among the best songs in all of Metaldom in 2013. How could we not possibly further explore that potential? I met the guys, their wives and girlfriends when we performed together in their native Switzerland on tour some years earlier and we hit it off magnificently. We nurtured a friendship and mutual camaraderie which now takes one further evolutionary step, sprouting wings as we combine our respective talents and seek to take Emerald to new heights of Metal glory. Hail!"

For a sample of Call's vocals with Emerald, check out "Eye of the Serpent" from the 2012 album "Unleashed": More...

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Emerald Still Seeking Vocalist

Swiss heavy metal outfit Emerald has released a video clip announcing the band is still seeking a new vocalist, which can be seen below. Emerald also comments:

"The search for a new singer turned out to be much harder than expected. That's why we had to call in the 'Emerald Girls' once more to help us on our quest… Enjoy the video and please help us by sharing it and spreading the word!"

Behind the scenes photos from the video shoot can also be found at the Emerald Facebook page.

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Thomas Winkler Splits With Emerald

Thomas Winkler (Gloryhammer) has split with Swiss metal act Emerald. In a statement on Winkler's Facebook Page, he reported: "To focus on Gloryhammer and my job as a notary public I have decided to leave the Swiss Heavy Metal act Emerald. I will perform all previously confirmed gigs with the band until the end of the year and hope that this band carries on -- with a new singer."

The band is accepting submissions for the open vocalist position via the following announcement:

"Thomas L. Winkler decided to leave Emerald. He will still perform all previously confirmed gigs with us. After that he wants to mainly concentrate on his new job. We wish him good luck with that!

"In the meantime we're looking for a talented and motivated new singer (male or female).

"Do you got a powerful voice and want to take our sound to a new level? Would you like to sing in a well-rehearsed band with a record deal and an international booking agency? Or do you know anyone who would fit the profile?

"PM us on Facebook or email to: info@emerald.ch." More...

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Emerald "Unleashes" New Album Preview

Swiss traditional metal band Emerald posted up a preview video for the band's upcoming sixth album "Unleashed." The album is scheduled for release on August 24, 2012 through Pure Steel Records and is the follow up to the 2010 release "Re-Forged," the first for vocalist Thomas Winkler.

The track listing for "Unleashed" is:

1. Face Of Evil
2. F.T.M.
3. Another Universe
4. A Past Never Born
5. Eye Of The Serpent
6. Harleking
7. Blessed
8. Ancient Mystery
9. Wrath Of God

Check out the album preview here:

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Helstar Announces "30 Years Of Helstar Metal" Tour

Legendary Texas power metal band Helstar, featuring vocalist James Rivera (Killing Machine/Malice/Distant Thunder), announced a string of European dates in celebration of the band's 30th anniversary dubbed the "30 Years of Helstar Metal" Tour. Support for the tour will come from Canadian power thrashers The Order of Chaos and Switzerland's Emerald.

Confirmed dates for the tour are as follows:

Thu 30 Aug: The Rock Temple, Kerkrade, Netherlands
Fri 31 Aug: Turock Open Air, Essen, Germany
Sat 01 Sep: Thunder & Lightning Festival, Siegburg, Germany
Sun 02 Sep: Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium (w/Lillian Axe)
Tue 04 Sep: Meisenfrei, Bremen, Germany
Wed 05 Sep: Exit Club, Prague, Czech Republic
Thu 06 Sep: Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
Fri 07 Sep: Live Music Hall, Weiher, Germany
Sat 08 Sep: De Pit, Terneuzen, Netherlands (w/ Tim Ripper Owens)
Sun 09 Sep: Rock City, Uster, Switzerland
Tue 11 Sep: Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
Wed 12 Sep: Club 202, Budapest, Hungary (w/ Lillian Axe)
Thu 13 Sep: K17 Club, Berlin, Germany
Fri 14 Sep: TBA, Istanbul, Turkey
Sat 15 Sep: TBA, Athens, Greece More...

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Wishdoom Confirmed for Up The Hammers VI

WISHDOOM has been confirmed for the UP THE HAMMERS VI FESTIVAL, along with RUTHLESS (USA), WHILE HEAVEN WEPT (USA), JAGUAR (UK), MARTYR (NL) and EMERALD (CH). The festival takes place March 11-12 in 2011. More...

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Emerald Part Ways With Drummer

Swiss melodic metallers EMERALD have issued the following update:

"We have sad news and good news. EMERALD member Andreas Bächler (drums) has decided to leave the band! He would like to set new priorities in his life and turn to other interests. There are no hard feelings between Andreas and the rest of the band, there is still a deep friendship. He recorded the drums for the new album 'Hymns to Steel' (release is planned for September) and will play a last concert with EMERALD in autumn after the release of the new album (at the release party). EMERALD would like to thank Andy for his fantastic drumming, for his tireless efforts for EMERALD and for the precious friendship. We will miss you, brother! More...

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Emerald Delay New Album Entitled "Hymns to Steel"

Swiss melodic metallers EMERALD entered a studio in Aue, Germany on February 10 to begin recording their fourth album, entitled "Hymns to Steel". The band has issued the following update:

"Due to a bad infection, EMERALD singer Jvo [Julmy] could not record his vocals during the recording sessions in Aue. Besides the vocals, EMERALD finished the recordings for the new album 'Hymns to Steel'. The vocals will be recorded within the next weeks at Farpoint Studio, Switzerland. The release of the new album has been postponed to August/September 2007.

"Some good news: a new concert has been confirmed. EMERALD will support SABATON and THUNDERBOLT on their European Tour for the concert in Switzerland at the Rock City, Uster. Be there on May 29, 2007." More...

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