|Posted on January 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM|
Eden’s Curse – Symphony Of Sin
Written by The Rock Man
I remember back in 2007 seeing the artwork for this band called Eden’s Curse. Having had a strong Catholic upbringing my curiosity was peaked by the band’s name and the album imagery, which depicted Eve in the Garden of Eden from the book of Genesis. I had not heard of them but somehow felt I needed to investigate this further, after reading many positive reviews, it became clear this band was definitely in my ball park.
And so my love affair with Eden’s Curse began, not long after the band would release their second album Second Coming in 2008, this album raised the bar of excellence and the question became how far can this band go? Over the next couple of years Eden’s Curse would release a couple of EPs before releasing their next studio album, Trinity in 2011. Trinity would continue the high standards set by the band but shortly after lead singer Michael Eden would depart, and the search for a new singer began. In 2012 Marco Sandron took over lead vocal duties and the band released the track Time To Breathe but then sadly Sandron and the group went their separate ways, another long search began for a singer, enter Nikola Mijic and the recording of a new album Symphony Of Sin.
Symphony Of Sin is the bands fourth outing and heralds a new chapter in the bands history. We are introduced to new lead singer Nikola Mijic and new keyboardist Steve Williams. Mijic, formerly of Alogia and Dreyelands, takes the band into new territory with his unique vocal approach and at times shows glimpses of Steve Perry (Journey), Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman) and Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden). Williams wastes no time bringing many years of experience with Dragonforce and Powerquest to the new album, his style is identifiable from the outset but also conforms to the traditional keyboard style of previous albums. As always the original trio of Paul Logue (bass), Thorsten Koehne (lead guitar) and Pete Newdeck (drums) are an outstanding cohesive unit. Newdeck’s drumming on this record reaches a higher level and is possibly his best work to date with Eden’s Curse.
This album kicks off with the title song, Symphony Of Sin which like on previous releases is a full on, balls to the wall rocker and is a well written social commentary piece, Break The Silence follows with a crunching guitar riff and thunderous drum groove, the first single from the album is up next, Evil & Divine, this track is Eden’s Curse signature sound and Mijic’s vocals shine through and show us why he is now the voice of the band. This brings us to Unbreakable, the albums second single, this is an interesting track, vocally I could not help but hear shades of Steve Perry, while musically it is one of the more radio friendly tracks I have heard from the band and it really works, Fallen From Grace is a powerhouse ballad, one of the best they have done and features some beautiful acoustic guitar work and kind of reminds me of Queensryche. The album gets even stronger in the next batch of songs, Losing My Faith, Rock Bottom, Great Unknown, which showcases William’s keyboard skills, and the highlight for me, Turn The Page, again, vintage Eden’s Curse, great bass, catchy guitar riff and outstanding melodic chorus. Sign Of The Cross, Wings To Fly, Devil In Disguise and Where Is The Love bring home the album with a solid finish.
Eden’s Curse are simply an outstanding band, one of the best to emerge out of the past decade, which each album release the band goes from strength to strength and with the new additions in Nikola Mijic and Steve Williams have redefined the boundaries of where this band can go. Symphony Of Sin can only be described as a masterpiece, if you are unfamiliar with the band, now is the time to get on board, this groups stock is on the rise.
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