Emerald Sun
Style: Melodic Power Metal
Release date: 11 February, 2011
Playing time: 50:09

They made a cover of "Holding out for a Hero"! Holy shitballs Batman! That is a pretty ballsy move in my book. "Holding out for a Hero" is an iconic eighties track. I for one can not keep my cool when it is played anywhere, especially if I'm drunk, and you know damn well, you feel the same way! And they pretty much get away with it too, so that's all kinds of awesome. The female vocalist on the track however just doesn't entirely sell it, she sounds like she's kinda phoning it in. But then again Bonnie Tyler is probably a hard act to follow.

But I digress.

Emerald Sun is fucking boss! I swear, halfway through the album my balls had actually grown two sizes. These kids have got some serious talent. It's that rare kind of music that either "does it" for you or not. And it does it for me in spades. That pure sense of power and the swelling in your chest. I sat listening to the album, with the same feeling I had when I heard Dio or Hammerfall for the first time. I'm not sure that I'm qualified to review this album (or any other for that matter, but for different reasons) simply because I feel an irrational and severely biased enchantment.

Top notch stuff!

But points removed for the slightly imperfect adaptation of an eighties classic.

01. We Won’t Fall (4:10)
02. Theater of Pain (4:42)
03. Where Angels Fly ( 3:43)
04. Regeneration  (1:51)
05. Star child (4:59)
06. Speak of the Devil (4:50)
07. Planet Metal (4:37)
08. Chasing the Wind( 4:17)
09. Fantasmagoria (12:25)
10. Holding out for a Hero (CD bonus) ( 4:17)
Label: Pitch Black Records
Distribution: Twilight
Reviewed by: Andy Wolfe
Date: 28 January, 2011
Website: www.emeraldsun.gr