Emerald Rage - High King
"Wings of Solitude" Emerald Rage give yet another burst of energy in closing and I would say that this track is a worthy conclusion to the album. A track in which you can hear echoes of Celtic music, not too veiled, fully in epic style...
Band: Emerald Rage
Title: High King
Genres: Power Metal
Labels: Stormspell Records
Release Date: July 6, 2021
Band Line Up:
Jacob Wherley - Lead and rhythm guitar/lead vocals
Patrick Kern - Lead and rhythm guitar/vocals
Erik Curry - Bass guitar/vocals
01 - Into the Sky
02 - Wrathful Eyes
03 - High King
04 - Heart of a Pagan
05 - Dire Wolves
06 - White Stag
07 - Empress
08 - Goddess Freya
09 - Wings of Solitude
Emerald Rage formed in 2016 and have worked across all formats, releasing a large number of Ep's, Singles and Demos and have come to this 2021 with their first full length "High King" which is released by Stormspell Records. The band's style moves between Heavy/Power, with influences from Iron Maiden, Running Wild, Thin Lizzy, Helloween and Metallica. It has to be said that the 80s continue to be a major influence and despite the myriad of bands that come up with their own music, more or less veiledly inspired by bands that made history, Emerald Rage is one of the most interesting bands on the scene. Consistent since their 2016 demo, these guys arrive at their debut album with a style that is not innovative but certainly gripping and personal.
"High King" opens in the best possible way, the rhythm section is perfect, pounding and full throttle, the track's backbone where riffs and vocals blend harmoniously into a riotous but punchy track. "Wrathful Eyes" continues on its furious course, and here I hear a lot of Judas Priest and even Motörhead influences to some parts.Erik Curry's bass playing is exceptional, as are the virtuosity of guitarists Jacob Wherley and Patrick Kern. It's a bit of a shame there isn't a real drummer, but whatever the case, this album rocks. The title track 'High King' is more subdued but no less effective, also a very good track, as "Dire Wolves", with its slow intro that explodes into a fragrant piece of good old school metal. "White Stag" is a speedy track, to make a comparison, it could be an early Megadeath track, just to give an example, mean and sharp with razor-sharp guitars and a really massive rhythm, I'm imagining it in live action, it would certainly make a worthy impact. The song 'Empress' follows closely and in the same style, and here too there is nothing to object to.
More catchy is "Goddess Freya" in which aggression blends with melody, while with "Wings of Solitude" Emerald Rage give yet another burst of energy in closing and I would say that this track is a worthy conclusion to the album. A track in which you can hear echoes of Celtic music, not too veiled, fully in epic style, the band bids farewell with the ninth track in full style. I'm imagining it in live action, it would certainly make a worthy impact.
In summary, a very good album, not innovative but definitely good in all respects, a band to be reckoned with.