Nima : I have been following the Greek Emerald Sun since their second LP, ’Escape From Twilight’ and still enjoy their previous releases. Especially the fourth album ’Metal Dome’ finds its way to my player every once in a while. So, needless to say that I was very enthusiastic about the new album, 'Under The Curse Of Silence', and again I am not disappointed. You see, the band has fortunately not deviated from their sound and style and still plays tasty and delightfully cliché melodic power metal.
Again from the very beginning of opener 'Kill Or Be Killed' the party can start with the "feelgood" tunes that the band has always characterized. The names Helloween, Gamma Ray, Freedom Call, Edguy, Hammerfall, Stratovarius and co. again come to mind, but I must say that the gentlemen have more developed a sound of their own. Not that this matters that much, because they have simply delivered a pack of good beautiful songs, and they all convince. With the aforementioned opener, 'All As One', 'Weakness And Shame', the beautiful anthem 'Rebel Shout' and 'Slaves To Addiction' the album contains a number of typical (up-tempo) power metallers, that delightfully trusted and nostalgic. In addition, with 'Carry On', on which the spirit of Manowar comes forth from time to time (hey, didn’t they have a song with the same title?) and my personal favorite 'Land Of Light' (an ode to the band's fatherland) we have two beautiful, slower, heavy, epic tracks. The sturdy pounder 'Blast' is a bit more special due to a guest appearance by Peavy Wagner (Rage, Refuge). And I don’t have to skip the ballad 'Journey Of Life' this time. From the latter we also get a Spanish version, by the way. Though I’m not sure whether or not it has that much of an added value. Something that is nicely done but could absolutely have been left out as far as I’m concerned is the Irene Cara cover 'Fame'. Ah well, it’s not that big a deal, because otherwise 'Under The Curse Of Silence' is definitely a good power metal album that is in great shape on all fronts, and will definitely apply to the fans of the genre.