“Emerge” is the fourth studio work for the Italian power metalers Bejelit that released their debut album back in 2004. Being for many years in the power metal scene, they managed to survive and they continue playing their beloved music.
The band is rather influenced by bands like: Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, Edguy, Rhapsody Of Fire, Freedom Call… and in general, by the European power metal scene. Unluckily, they can’t avoid the power metal clichés and they do not offer anything new, neither so inspiring with “Emerge”. Heavier songs like: “To Forget And To Forgive” are working better for me… as the classic double bass power metal drumming is sort of overwhelming. The have some nice ideas here and there and instruments such as: accordions, classical guitars and violins are embellishing the orchestrations nicely. There’s also a guest appearance by Laura Brancorsini (Furor Gallico). Nevertheless, “Boogeyman” is a very good, gloomy, atmospheric tune.
The album was mixed at Sonic Pump Studios, Finland, by Nino Laurenne (Apocalyptica, Ensiferum, Sonata Arctica, Amorphis) and mastered by Svante Forsback at Chartmakers Studios (Rammstein, Korpiklaani, Amorphis). The production is rather good & heavy but I believe that the drums are slightly up front in the final mix. The album may not impress at all… especially in a genre where power metal bands are more than mushrooms on a mountain side… but I think that the devoted fans of the genre will find at least some OK songs here. The cover artwork was designed by Seth Siro Anton (Paradise Lost, Exodus, Moonspell, Kamelot)… but can you, honestly, spot how similar his artworks are…? I was sure it was his artwork from the very first moment I saw it.