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Age of Innocence
Released: 1999, Frontiers
It doesn’t seem like the CDs are going top stop coming in this month. I am sitting here in the middle of the night and this is my 12th review so far. This is a first for me. I didn’t think I had it in me. I was just about to pack it in when I threw this disc in the player. The band is Emerald Rain and the disc is Age of Innocence. They hail from Toronto, Canada and this is their second release, their first on Frontiers Records. Emerald rain follow in the footsteps of their countrymen Harem Scarem and play melodic hard rock. The band was formed in February 1997 by Murray Daigle (lead vocals and guitar), Mike Dmitrovic (guitars, backing vocals) and Sean Gregory (bass guitar, backing vocals). The lineup is rounded out by newcomer Kyle Lazenka on the drumstool.
Emerald Rain play catchy hard rock with lots of harmony and melody. Age of Innocence contains 12 songs clocking in at over 50 minutes. "No Saviour" kicks off the CD with one of the heaviest tracks on the disc. "Never Surrender" is probably the rawest song on the disc but still contains the bands perfect vocal harmonies. "Sleeping in the Fire" reminds me heavily of Dokken with its Lynch inspired guitar riff. "Barely Holding On" features some nice guitar leads by lead guitarist Dimitrovic. If there is one thing this Cd is not missing is lots of guitar. These guys might play with lots of melody but they have some scorching guitar going on all over this disc. Other stand out tracks include "Age of Innocence", "The Method" and "Your Disguise"
Hard Rock seems to be making a bit of a comeback. Bands like Ten, Norway and Fair Warning are making great records to go along with some good offerings from the more elderly bands of the genre such as Firehouse and Slaughter. Emerald Rain are ready to join all these bands in the vanguard of the hard rock comeback. The only problem that I see is that some of their songs sound a little similar. This is not a big problem but if it is addressed, I see big things in the future for Emerald Rain.
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