Here at Velvet Thunder, we’re always on the look-out for “The Next Big Thing” – so here’s introducing Emerald Shine, a band from Northern Moravia in the Czech Republic who fuse the power of metal music with the distinctive sound of a harp, violin, recorders and tin whistles! Whether you call it Metal Folk or Post Folk Punk (seriously!) is up to you, but the usage of three different vocal styles and progressive elements certainly adds to the originality and versatility of their music.
The band came about due to songwriter and composer Leena wanting a vehicle to tell fantasy musical stories that would also be suitably heavy and atmospheric at the same time. She first put a line-up of like-minded musicians together in 2013 and since then, the band has developed their distinctive style and sound within the folk metal genre.
With a live sound featuring the full gamut of electric and traditional instruments and vocals, Emerald Shine has been well received by fans at music clubs and festivals. The band has so far released two CDs, a demo EP Beneath the Stars (2016) and a debut full-length album Misty Tales (2018), plus several music videos, of which Rainy Night has been the most successful, becoming one of the 12 finalists of the year 2018 in a music video chart on the Czech channel TV Rebel. Nowadays, the band is performing in Czechia, Poland and Slovakia and composing material for a brand new album.
Leena suggested that for the new ‘Misty Tales’ album, their goal was for it to be a concept album with the various Tales telling a “fan fiction” story about Tolkien’s elves, based around the questions posed by what if the elves still lived in our world today. What would the elves think of us, people, and what would they tell us if we met them? Fans can therefore expect some “fantasy metal”, as the band tags it, not to be outdone by others in the tagging business!
Leena (vocals, recorders, whistles, acoustic guitars)
Radomír (harp, harsh vocals)
Radek (bass guitar)
Dušan (vocals, guitars)
Klára (violin, backing vocals)