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Emerald Night Streaming New Single "Berserk"

Russian melodic black metal act Emerald Night has released a new single titled "Berserk," and the track is now available for streaming through the player available below. The track includes the vocal talents of Demether Grail (Arcane Grail), Runa (Aura), Wsegard (Atra Mustum) and Dismael (Emerald Night).

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1. Jenny writes:

I'm absolutely loving the rhythm, then I notice the vocals resemble with what is categorized as what is used in "core" genres. And you know what?--IT WORKS.

And now an Operatic female with the screams. ...huh.... wow, yes.

Ok, I like this. No one else will, but I do.

[If you don't care about genre listings, ignore the following, but if you do, like me, please join in]: I see these guys are listed As Melodic Black Metal. Accurate enough, perhaps, but I also here Power Metal in there (and not to mention core vocals). I, personally, am blown away.

Those Russians make great music.

# Oct 16, 2012 @ 10:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. OverkillExposure writes:

I too think this is pretty great, for the same reasons you mentioned, though I don't think it really fits completely into any of the categories cited. One of the vocalists is a bit shouty, but I don't think I'd go so far as to compare it to "core." I'm not really hearing that.

Not to be argumentative (because overall I agree with you), but I submit that sub-subs (e.g., "blackened [blank] metal") get pretty ridiculous pretty quickly, and only encourage more division. I make an exception for melodic death, because that really did spring from spontaneous, original roots. Also, I've come to detest the term "power metal," because on its face, the label is meaningless, yet a rather specific style of metal - with passionate fans AND detractors - has claimed it for its own. I'm wary of abiding by that language.

Other than that, you're right - great song! Why don't you think anyone else will like it?

# Oct 18, 2012 @ 2:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BrianMN writes:

I started writing how I would improve this but honestly?
If they took my advice it would be a totally different band lol.
Didn’t work for me, sorry.
The female vocals do not mesh well with the core vocals.
Production, rhythm, drums, and growls are all fine.
I’m not exactly closed minded. Anyone who’s read my posts knows my love for Project Hate.
Loving the new one from Enslaved also.
This has potential but definitely needs some fine tuning.
Ok, it looks like I’m going there anyway.
Have the female sing her own parts and layer them for a more choral effect.
Dump the core guy.
Keep the growler.
Get a male vocalist in place of the core guy but only have him sing with the female if their vocals complement each other.
A few leads wouldn’t hurt.
Did I mention they have potential?
It’s not bad it’s just not very accessible even by extreme metal standards.

# Oct 18, 2012 @ 4:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. coldiem writes:

Yeah, I'm not really hearing any "-core" in there, either. Personally, the only thing I find off-putting is that the song is not sung in English. That is not a criticism, just a personal preference of mine. The only non-English band I've been able to get into has been Equilibrium. Cool track, nonetheless!

# Oct 18, 2012 @ 4:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Jenny writes:

OverkillExposure: From what I know, the "shouty" vocals are usually associated with core music. I thought no one else would like it because of all the little things put in the song together: the shouty vocals, the clean female vocals commonly used in Folk and Power Metal genres, the Power Metal vibe (as I define it), some fluttery-like sections, the fact that it's sung in Russian-- I dunno, I just find most people find Metal like this "cheesy."

BrianMN: As much as I love the song as it is, I see nothing wrong with your ideas of improvement.
"It’s not bad it’s just not very accessible even by extreme metal standards. " Can I ask what you mean by that?

coldiem: Cool cool. Though now I'm thinking the song wouldn't have the same feel if it were sung in English. It's amazing what a change in language does to a song. For example, when Opera is sung in German or Italian, it sounds absolutely fantastic for it's genre, no matter what they're saying. But when those exact same words are sung in English, I find it's just not the same.

# Oct 19, 2012 @ 11:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. BrianMN writes:

Hi Jen,
May I call you Jen?
When I wrote that it wasn't accessible even by extreme metal standards....I guess that was my polite way of saying that the song wasn't arranged to optimize the bands talents.
I really do think this is a gifted band.
I'll be nice and retract my "dump the core singer".
Simply having him growl in a more black metal style would be much better.
The female vocalist is obviously gifted but having her try and sing over the other guy takes away whatever kind of impact and dynamic they were trying to create.
Leads and differenty dynamics (I won't say breakdowns because I know how much people hate that word)...let's say...different layers and passages, be they acoustic, keys, well placed horns etc...would also add to their overall accessibilty, not just by extreme fans but by the mainstream as well.
I still like the idea of adding a male singer.
All in all we have some very gifted individuals who are trying to separate themselves from the pack by having a different sound. And that's a wonderful thing...but...more wonderful it would be if they took their talents and arranged the song(s) with greater things in mind.
Emerald has all the ingredients for "epic".....it just needs some fine tuning and perhaps some guidance to get them there.

# Oct 20, 2012 @ 2:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. coldiem writes:

I think you hit the nail on the head with the opera comment. Personally, I think it has a lot to do with syllable structure and the way certain languages roll off the tongue. Often times, especially in death metal, it can be very difficult to make out the words themselves. I'm not one to care much for lyrics, or their meanings, so it's a minimal detail for me.

Generally speaking, I feel vocals are just another instrument, and they either add to the song in a way I like or they don't. I know for a lot of people it's all about the vocals/lyrics, but for me, it's all about the big picture.

# Oct 20, 2012 @ 2:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Jenny writes:

BrianMN: Yes, Jen is fine :) Although I do like em the way they are I very much agree with you. There's always room for improvement, for sure. With your ideas and the right guidence, the band would likely increase their chance of appealing to a bigger fan base.

coldiem: I too, see vocals as another instrument--another piece for the whole, big picture. In this case, personally, the Russian language fits the picture. To each their own, as always.
Haha with Death metal (in English) it mattes not how long I've listened to a band; I STILL won't know the lyrics :p

# Oct 23, 2012 @ 3:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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