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X Of Eden - 2001 Beyond The Gates Of Eden

Jonah Blaze - vocals, bass, drums, percussion
Asa Blaze - vocals, guitars, keyboards

I admit to knowing very little about these guys. Originally sourced to us by our very own Luigi Cisaria, X Of Eden are essentially a duo of American brothers, who operate at the symphonic metal end of the musical spectrum. We featured them previously over on our MP3 World section, and now follow up with a full review of their debut album 'Beyond The Gates Of Eden'. In some parts conceptual, but mostly theme based - one thing is clear. These boys have spent ample time ensuring this album gets the right amount of quality care and attention to detail. Throw a couple of sprigs of Queensryche plus a few shakes of Savatage - and you too will wind up in the musical garden of the Blaze brothers. They mix the heavy guitars with orchestral strings and concert grand piano - to maximum effect.

The Songs
They integrate clever use of sound effects, voiceovers and dubs, as heard on the intro 'The Land Of Fugitiveness' before plowing head first into the rockin' 'Would You Care To Argue?'. So far.. very good. 'New Heavens' has many neo-classical aspects to it: orchestral stabs, harpischord dabbles, and stop/start passages. The guitar solos here are great - reminding me of Joshua Perahia. A short instrumental passage preceeds 'Courage', which moves in the same vein as Savatage circa 'Gutter Ballet' era, the riffing guitars and piano interludes are joined at the hip. The ethereal ballad 'Return' features some cascading classical piano and moody and sombre vocals. Clasical gas rears its head again on 'Shakespeare' - with gang tackle choruses and euro-metal style guitaring. Melodic rockers will love the guitar strut of 'Believe', though the drum mix sounds less 'real' on this track. The final cut 'I Won't Go Down' is an over-extended piece, which has a European feel to it. Galloping rhythm guitars, and in a way, similar to Austrian band Amun Re featured here at GDAZE.

In Summary
After listening to this album I was thinking 'hmm.. these boys have struck the right chord with me..'. The fact that they are Christian belies nothing of the music. The message is interesting, the delivery captivating, and the content certainly captures my attention. Well worthy of some aural attention I'd suggest. Lets try and have chat with these guys shall we? More to follow.

Track Listing:
01 The Land Of Fugitiveness
02 Would You Care To Argue?
03 New Heavens
04 Beyond The Gates Of Den
05 Courage
06 Return
07 Shakespeare
08 It's Only Sleep
09 Believe
10 I Won't Go Down

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