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The History

A brief history of Black Emerald, find out how it all started and where it's going!

About Black Emerald

"One of Reading's best metal bands of the last ten years or so." ~ XL Music Promotions

Reading's Black Emerald don't go in for labels on style - if we like it we'll play it. And play it hard, fast and with passion.

We like to think that we combine elements of southern rock, stoner metal, doom, blues, thrash, progressive and a smidge of hard rock to create a truly unique sound that cannot be found easily elsewhere. Each member of the band brings their own style and influences into the music which gives Black Emerald a distinctive and collaborative sound.

One of our biggest highlights was playing the New Blood Stage at the award-winning Bloodstock Festival in August 2013, having competed in the Reading rounds of the Metal 2 The Masses Competition. We love to be out on the road as much as possible and have played all over the Midlands, South Wales and SE England. In 2016 we headed out our first tour - the ‘Hairy, Lairy, Kinda Scary Tour.’ In 2017 we were in Whitehouse Studios, Reading, putting the finishing touches to our first album ‘Hell Can’t Handle All Of Us’ which has just been released.

Vocals / Bass

Simon Hall


Edd Higgs


Connor Shortt


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Our debut album & single plus previous EP!


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Black Emerald - One For The Road Official Video

The video was filmed by Matt Yates at The Facebar in Reading and edited by our drummer Connor Shortt.

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Black Emerald - Dr Stein Lyric Video

Music and Lyrics written and performed by Black Emerald, Video courtesy of Very Metal Art.

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Black Emerald - Sculptures To The Sky Live

On the 19th December playing with Altyr, Mordrake, Black Forge among many other bands at Magnums, Coleford

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