Published on March 22nd, 2017 | by Justin G.
EMERALD Announce Limited Vinyl Edition of Reckoning Day, Due April 28
Swiss heavy metal band Emerald’s new album Reckoning Day will be released as a limited vinyl edition by the Pure Steel label on April 28. The album will released in a limited run of 300 black copies on double vinyl with gatefold and insert.
Since their 2007 release Hymns To Steel, EMERALD have been part of the Pure Steel family. Within this productive collaboration two more excellent albums (Re-Forged (2010) and Unleashed (2012)) were released.
The Swiss band has been around for more than 20 years now and is finally ready to present its long-awaited 7th studio album, in a whole new line up.
After the departure of singer Thomas L. Winkler it became really quiet around the band since the long-distance collaboration with the new American singer George Call (Aska, ex-Omen) turned out to be very difficult. After two years, EMERALD and George parted ways as friends. This collaboration still resulted in two songs that are now included on the new album Reckoning Day (plus one bonus track).
A more than worthy replacement on vocals was finally found in the great Swiss singer Mace Mitchell, who refined the remaining songs with his powerful voice and finally finished the record.
Those who know EMERALD, know what they will get with Reckoning Day: pounding drums, heavy riffs and melodic leads, reinforced with vigorous Power Metal vocals with balls and a transparent but also very powerful production by V.O. Pulver (Gurd, Poltergeist, Destruction).
On the second half of the album, EMERALD integrated a concept called “The Burgundian Wars” which is based on the historical novel “Der Löwe von Burgund” by the band’s keyboarder Thomas Vaucher.
1. Only The Reaper Wins
2. Black Pyramid
3. Evolution In Reverse
4. Horns Up
5. Through The Storm
7. Ridden By Fear
1. Mist Of The Past
2. Trees Full Of Tears
3. Lament Of The Fallen
4. Reckoning Day
5. Reign Of Steel
6. Signum Dei
7. Fading History
8. End Of The World (Bonustrack)
Total Playing Time: 67:15 min
Mace Mitchell – vocals
Julien Menth – guitars
Michael Vaucher – guitars
Thomas Vaucher – keyboards
Vania Truttmann – bass
Al Spicher – drums
George Call – lead vocals on “Evolution In Reverse”, “Through The Storm”
Slädu – guitar solo on “Horns Up”
Alexx Suter – backing vocals on “Beyond Forever”