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Emerald Sun - "Regeneration" (CD)

Emerald Sun - "Regeneration" CD cover image

"Regeneration" track listing:

1. We Won’t Fall
2. Theater of Pain
3. Where Angels Fly
4. Regeneration
5. Starchild
6. Speak of the Devil
7. Planet Metal
8. Chasing the Wind
9. Fantasmagoria
10. Holding out for a Hero (CD bonus)

Reviewed by on May 24, 2011

"Though there are some cool solos and a couple of genuinely heavy moments, Emerald Sun's 'Regeneration' is likely to be a far too lightweight affair for all but the most dedicated power metal fans. "

Granted, power metal is known more for high falsetto vocals and fretboard-shredding guitar solos than it is for memorable riffs. Even by those standards, Emerald Sun's sophomore album "Regeneration" can't help but feel a bit inconsequential.

Granted, this Greek band has plenty going on in terms of instrumental talent. Tracks like "Chasing The Wind" and "Starchild" feature excellent solos and instrumental breaks from guitarists Johnnie Athanasiadi and Pavlos Georgiadis. Singer Stelios Tsakirides' vocals sometimes feel a little thin on tracks like "We Won't Fall" and "Fantasmagoria," but he does well on slower tracks like "Chasing The Wind."

Drummer Bill Kanakis has a slightly heavier approach than a lot of power metal drummers (on the band's website, he cites King Diamond and Megadeth as his favorite bands). Still, even with that extra push behind the drum kit, there's a definite lack of memorable melodies. The slow "Speak Of The Devil" opens with an excellent riff, with Kanakis' drums having an almost thrash feel in the chorus. "Where Angels Fly" also has an excellent opening, which has a fair amount of weight to it. Other than that, though, there isn't a lot to really sink your teeth into in terms of instrumental melodies.

Additionally, there's a heavy dose of '80s pop sheen applied, courtesy of keyboardist Sefhs Giolbasis, which sometimes makes the disc feel dated. And the less said about the silly "Planet Metal" and the cornball cover of the '80s pop track "Holding out for a Hero," the better.

Though there are some cool solos and a couple of genuinely heavy moments, Emerald Sun's "Regeneration" is likely to be a far too lightweight affair for all but the most dedicated power metal fans.

Highs: "Speak Of The Devil" and "Chasing The Wind"

Lows: "Planet Metal" and "Holding out for a Hero"

Bottom line: Despite some cool solos, this power metal disc is a bit on the lightweight side.

Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls
2.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)