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Country of origin: Switzerland
Founded: 1996
Status: Active
Official homepage: Emerald

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Band History - Emerald (Online May 2004)


The history of EMERALD starts in the year 1995, when the two local bands DARK CRYSTAL and OPPRESS broke up. This as all founding members of EMERALD, named Michael Vaucher (guitars), Jvo Julmy (guitars) and Véronique Remy (vocals) (all ex-DARK CRYSTAL) plus Stefan Neuhaus (drums) and Roger Winkler (bass) (both ex-OPPRESS), played in those two bands before. Under the new flag EMERALD, they wanted to start a new band dedicated to Heavy Metal.


The first songs though were composed out of old DARK CRYSTAL songs. But soon, the band started writing their own material. EMERALD describes their style simply as Melodic Heavy Metal. For influences they would name especially eighties bands such as VIRGIN STEELE, IRON MAIDEN, MEDIEVAL STEEL, JAG PANZER, WARLORD, CRIMSON GLORY, SAVATAGE or Running Wild.


Then, the usual line-up problems followed. At first, Véronique Remy left EMERALD because of musical differences. Jvo Julmy, still on 2nd guitar, filled her space on vocals. A couple of months later Roger Winkler also left the band. In May 1997, EMERALD found in Adriano Troiano the right guy for the bass guitar. Freshly motivated the band revised the existing songs and got ready for upcoming live gigs. Their first on-stage appearance was at the annual concert of "David's Music World" in November 1997. Although only one song, named "Forever Free", was played, the band got positive reactions. EMERALD played then their first gig at the Bad Bonn Pub in Düdingen. Again people showed their enthusiasm for EMERALD. After that, the band played some support shows for the Swiss Hard Rock band M-FORCE.


In spring 1998, Thomas Vaucher joined the band as the fifth band member on keyboards. After working on arrangements for keyboards, the band played at some open-air gigs and festivals, which were very helpful to earn experience in performing live.


In March 1999, the band started the recording sessions for their first album. They recorded a full length CD entitled "Rebels Of Our Time". The CD contained powerful and Melodic Metal songs as well as two ballads. The aim was to present the band EMERALD to the Metal crowd and to get as many gigs as possible. Very good reviews in international magazines like Rock Hard, Heavy oder was, Metal Heart or Break Out confirmed that EMERALD were on the right track. But also in many fanzines and online zines around the world like Steel Conjuring (Greece), Snakepit (Austria), Secrets of Steel (Poland), From the Underground (Germany), Jester's News (Ger), Bright Eyes (Ger), That's Metal (Ger), United Forces (Ger), Earshot (Austria), Vampster (Ger), Metal District (Ger), Satan stole my Teddybear (USA), EMERALD received very good reactions and congratulations.


Then the band played some gigs in Switzerland, which were another success for EMERALD. With mail orders and private distributors, they also found some success with the sale of the CD's. And with Dragonight Agency (PAUL DIANNO, GRAVE DIGGER, METALUCIFER, ANGUS, VORTEX and many others), EMERALD found a good partner for the promotion of the band.


EMERALD appeared also on different sampler compilations. Songs from "Rebels Of Our Time" were placed on Tell Hits Vol. 1 (Switzerland), No Exit Vol. IV (Austria), Warzone XXI (Greece), Metal District Promo Sampler (Germany) and on Pounding Metal Vol. II (Germany).


Motivated by all these good reactions from the Metal press and the fans, the band began with the song writing for their second album. Just before their 5th anniversary, Adriano Troiano left EMERALD. Stephan Kaufmann replaced him during the recordings of the new album.


In Spring 2001, EMERALD were chosen out of 200 bands to play at the Swiss Metal Attack Festival in Pratteln. The gig was very successful and confirmed EMERALD that their new material was ready to be recorded.


In March 2001, they started the recordings in TSO Records Tonstudio Oberland in Tentlingen Switzerland. Under the conduction of Eric Cotting, drums, bass, rhythm guitars and keyboards were recorded. After that, the recordings were finished in Steinfels Studio in Duedingen, Switzerland where they recorded vocals and lead guitars under the conduction of Manfred Udry (M-FORCE, Andy Portmann). For the mixing and mastering, EMERALD went back to TSO Records Tonstudio Oberland in Tentlingen where Eric Cotting did a very good job again.


The result of all the hard work was released in June 2001 entitled "Calling The Knights". The CD contained 10 tracks, including a cover tune of the classic 80’s track "Medieval Steel" by the same titled band. EMERALD offered on their new album again powerful and melodic Heavy Metal, this time with a much better production and a professional design.


EmeraldThe reactions to their second effort were better than ever!! The band received excellent reviews from all over the world. Magazines like Rock Hard (where the band was "Demo of the month"), Heavy Oder Was (Germany), Metal Heart (Germany), Break Out (Germany), Metal Hammer (Poland), Metal Invader (Greece), Metal Hammer (Hungary) and many fanzines and webzines gave highest marks for "Calling The Knights". EMERALD could give even interviews to zines from countries like Colombia, Indonesia and the Ukraine. Songs from "Calling The Knights" were played in several radio shows in Canada, USA, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Greece, Belgium and of course Switzerland.


EMERALD again appeared on different sampler compilations. Songs from "Calling The Knights" were placed on Pounding Metal Vol. IV (Germany), Metalcoven Compilation (Germany), Power Battle Vol. 2 Compilation (Germany) and Holy Sword CD-ROM (Greece).


Then, another line-up change was unfortunately announced: founding member and drummer Stefan Neuhaus left the band. Because of his family and his job, he had not enough time and interest in EMERALD anymore. A replacement was found after a long search in Andy Bächler from Rechthalten, Switzerland.


In December 2001, the big dream came true. EMERALD signed a contract with Shark Records/Crazy Life Music. This Germany based record company released in the past some legendary works from bands like TITAN FORCE, VIRGIN STEELE, SEPULTURA, STRATOVARIUS or HOLY MOTHER. Their first EMERALD release was the official release of "Calling The Knights". The new issue of the CD contained 2 tracks from the first EMERALD CD "Rebels Of Our Time" as bonus tracks and included a complete new booklet. The cover artwork was done by the famous painter Ken Kelly (f.e. MANOWAR, KISS) and the whole material was remixed and re-mastered at Mohrmann Studios, Bochum/Germany. The CD was released also officially in Brazil through Rock Brigade Records.


The next highlight in the career of EMERALD was the concert at Headbanger's Open Air 2003 in Hamburg, Germany. EMERALD played their first gig outside of Switzerland together with old heroes as TRESPASS, BLITZKRIEG, NIGHTSHADE and many other bands from all over the world. The concert was a huge success and big motivation for the band.


In September 2003, EMERALD started at the Mohrmann Studios, Bochum/Germany, the recordings for their 3rd full length album. Produced by Detlef Mohrmann and Oliver Zülch, the new EMERALD album "Forces Of Doom" showed a big progress. The album included 11 songs, among them a cover tune of the VIRGIN STEELE classic "On The Wings Of The Night". Shark Records/Crazy Life Music released "Forces Of Doom" in February 2004. The press reactions overwhelmed the band. Stunning reviews from all the big magazines and webzines showed that EMERALD released a fantastic new work. After two very successful concerts in Switzerland and Germany, EMERALD played also for the first time a concert in Austria. Their performance at the Festival For Free is another big success. At the moment, the band is working on a vinyl release of "Forces Of Doom". Release is planned for June/July.

Current Line-Up:
Michael Vaucher - Lead & Rhythm Guitars

Andy Bächler - Drums

Jvo Julmy - Vocals, Lead & Rhythm Guitars

Stephan Kaufmann - Bass

Thomas Vaucher - Keyboards

Previous members:
Véronique Remy - Vocals

Roger Winkler- Bass

Adriano Troiano – Bass (on “Rebels Of Our Time”)

Stefan Neuhaus – Drums (on “Calling The Knights” & “Rebels Of Our Time”)


Forces Of Doom

Michael Vaucher - Lead & Rhythm Guitars

Jvo Julmy - Vocals, Lead & Rhythm Guitars

Thomas Vaucher - Keyboards

Stephan Kaufmann - Bass

Andy Bächler - Drums

"The Metal Observer" Review
"The Metal Observer" Review

2004 "Forces Of Doom" - Shark Records

Total playing time: 52:01
  1. Enter The Emerald Castle
  2. Until Freedom Returns
  3. Tears Of A Warrior >mp3
  4. Blood Of Our Kings >mp3
  5. Forever
  6. Something In The Dark
  7. Also Wild
  8. On The Wings Of The Night >mp3
  9. Forces Of Doom
  10. Song Of Hope
  11. Birth Of A Legend



Calling The Knights 2001

Calling The Knights 2002

Michael Vaucher - Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Jvo Julmy - Vocals, Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Thomas Vaucher - Keyboards
Stephan Kaufmann - Bass
Stefan Neuhaus - Dums

"The Metal Observer" Review
"The Metal Observer" Review

2001/2002 "Calling The Knights" - Independent/Shark Records

Total playing time: 51:06 / 63:08
  1. Calling The Knights
  2. Emerald Knights
  3. Unreasonable Violence
  4. Shadowknight
  5. Medieval Steel
  6. Victims Of Society
  7. Hard To Be True
  8. You Belong To Me
  9. Across The Sea
  10. Battlefield
  11. I Will Remember (2002 Bonus)
  12. Independence (2002 Bonus)



Rebels Of Our Time

Michael Vaucher - Lead & Rhythm Guitars

Jvo Julmy - Vocals, Lead & Rhythm Guitars

Thomas Vaucher - Keyboards

Adriano Troiano - Bass

Stefan Neuhaus - Drums

1999 "Rebels Of Our Time" - Independent

Total playing time: 45:26

  1. Intro
  2. Forever Free
  3. I Will Remember
  4. Never Fall In Love
  5. Let The Lightning Strike
  6. Independence
  7. You And I
  8. Rebels Of Our Time


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