Year of Release: 1999
Catalog Number: FRCD037
Total Time: 00:00:00
Emerald Rain is a four-piece from Toronto, Canada. And, like others from Canada, these guys sure know how their way around the melodic metal genre. Formed back in 1997 from the ashes of now defunct band Pain (who released two CDs). Age Of Innocence is Emerald Rain's second CD and follows-up the critically acclaimed Broken Saviours.
What we get here is guitar oriented melodic metal. Stylistically, they are not unlike their fellow countrymen in Harem Scarem (now Rubber), around their Mood Swings-era. Actually, the music is very similar indeed. The guitarist sounds a lot like Pete L. of HS pulling off tasty licks and nice riffing. Meanwhile, vocalist Murray Daigle is a dead-ringer for Harry Hess which implies a good mid-ranged, slightly husky voice. Although some might be turned off by this similarity, I still find this to be a good band, and this CD is actually a great slice of melodic rock. The songs are well written, melodic, catchy and accessible. In addition, the production is crystal clear, with all instruments present. What more can you ask for?
Fans of their debut will love this one and I urge every fan of melodic heavy or heavy AOR to check these guys out. It's hard not to enjoy this stuff as long as it's performed convincingly like it is here. If you liked early Harem Scarem, Fiore, Dr. Rock and the Wild Bunch this should be right up your alley.
[This review originally appeared November 2002 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]
No Saviors / Desperate Heart / Never Surrender / Don't Tell The Rain / Sleeping In The Fire / Endless Grey / Never Let You Go / Barely Holding On / Age Of Innocence / The Method / Come Clean / Your Disguise
Murray Daigle - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Mike Dmitrovic - guitar, backing vocals
Sean Gregory - bass, backing vocals
Kyle Lazenka - drums, backing vocals
Broken Saviours (1998)
Age Of Innocence (1999)
Live 2K (2000)
Perplexed In The Extreme (2001)
Short Sighted (2003)
Genre: Melodic Metal