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All the elements are here for a top Metal band.

'Emergence' has been around for the best part of a year, but the release of the first video from the album, 'Take The Stage', has brought it to the fore again. It's easy to look back at all the previous reviews online, all unerringly similar in describing their hard and fast brand of Metal, soaring vocals, heavy riffing, some superb guitar interplay and lead work. Comparisons to Judas Priest and early Iron Maiden abound, all of which are true and accurate, but for me there is still something just lacking.

The album is full of fine individual performances, guitarists Dave Shirman and Davis Del Cid can certainly play, with full on constant riffing, but still with plenty of harmony and melody between them. Their great strength is the way the guitars combine and complement each other in true Tipton/Downing style as highlighted in 'Take The Stage' and 'Never Back Down'. Vocalist JR hits all the high notes with ease, a Rob Halford type range together with a clear and crisp delivery that highlights a real talent. 'Invincible Man' is a mid paced, stomping Rocker with a chorus that shows off JR's talents to the full and is a real highlight of the album. Elsewhere 'Dying Worlds' is an atmospheric ballad that builds to a powerful chorus reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne at his best.

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All the elements are here for a top Metal band. Despite the comparisons, they're not just some Priest clones, but that spark, that dynamic to make Neuronspoiler really stand out from the crowd is just missing. I can't fault the performances throughout, but I can't find that killer riff to make me really believe in the band. To be fair this is their debut album and there's bags of potential on display here. Those reviews from last year aren't wrong. This is enjoyable, powerful, driving Heavy Metal, but with the album a year old and the first video/single only just appearing, I'm not sure where Neuronspoiler are actually driving to.

Ian Parry

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