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Eden's Curse - 2013 Symphony Of Sin



ARTIST: Eden's Curse
ALBUM: Symphony Of Sin
LABEL: AFM Records
SERIAL: AFM 463-2
YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Nikola Mijic - vocals * Thorsten Koehne - guitars * Steve Williams - keyboards * Paul Logue - bass * Pete Newdeck - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Symphony Of Sin * 02 Break The Silence * 03 Evil & Divine * 04 Unbreakable * 05 Fallen From Grace * 06 Losing My Faith * 07 Rock Bottom * 08 Great Unknown * 09 Turn The Page * 10 Sign Of The Cross * 11 Wings To Fly * 12 Devil In Disguise * 13 Where Is The Love?

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WEBLINKS: www.edenscurse.com


Background
Here's another band that has bypassed the pages of GDM for whatever reason. A favourite over at melodicrock.com, I could never fathom why they garnered goo's and gah's, so I decided to do a little inquiring on my own, and this latest effort (their fourth) 'Symphony Of Sin' has given me reason to believe that the post-menstrual male gushing might have some merit after all. The band has had an international flavour since forming back in early 2006. For this album though, off to greener pastures went founding singer Michael Eden. He, along with Scotsman Paul Logue, were two of the mainstays of the band; the remaining members electing to continue on after 2011's 'Trilogy' album. The new singer - Serbian Nikola Mijic brings in a fresh voice, adding melody and power. Also joining the EC team is former Powerquest and Dragonforce keyboardist Steve Williams, replacing Alessandro Del Vecchio who returned to production and engineering work.


The Songs
The intro piece to the title track is straight out of the House Of Lords songbook, but things change markedly when the song kicks into high gear. Hard riffing, strong back-line, and some cool keyboards from new boy Steve Williams. It's very melodic and restrained on the verses but shows a clean pair of heels as it works its way deep into the 7 and a half minutes run-time.

Thorsten Koehne really drives his lefty style of guitaring to another level on 'Breaking The Silence', Williams not far behind, but Nikola Mijic is firing on all cylinders having found his voice early on.

You can see the band in action on 'Evil & Divine' (video below), for mine, Mijic is a cross between Seventh Wonder's Tommy Karevik and Care Of Night singer Carl-Johan (Calle) Schönberg, and that's some comparison to make!

I love the complete change-up of the commercial 'Unbreakable'. The drum work and the killer synths push this one through the sound barrier.. an excellent track!

Dropping down into ballad territory, 'Fallen From Grace' has a southern rock acoustic section, which leads into a smooth but restrained verse. Mijic soars on the chorus, easily an album highlight.

EC rock it up a notch or two for 'Losing My Faith', the guitars are tough, the synths tinkling nicely, and Mijic the keeper of the keys in the vocal department.

Not a UFO rehash, this 'Rock Bottom' is a pure EC magic, Mijic pulling a few Steve Perry moments which surprised the heck out of me! woah!

'Great Unknown' sounds like Grand Illusion circa their 'Prince Of Paupers' era, especially when they let it all hang loose.

'Turn The Page' is a fairly pompy affair when you dig a bit deeper. Koehne's solo work is superb on this one.

It's not exactly clear what the message is behind 'Sign Of The Cross'. A Dio tribute maybe? Nah, I reckon it's a song of hope in this modern age, the world turning to God for salvation amidst the turmoil and despair.

'Wings To Fly' is another melodic rocker veering close to AOR. I love it, but long time EC fans who prefer the metallic angle of the band will feel highly peeved!

'Devil In Disguise' is totally 80's in delivery, big double kick drums thanks to Mr Newdeck, and a rougher than usual lead vocal from Nikola, but it works a huge treat.

Finishing up 'Where Is The Love?', it's acoustic balladry leading off, but not for long as Koehne throws in electric splashes like Nimrod cracking a fiery voltage laced whip! Big harmony vocals and keyboard layers lift this song to elevated levels of pompness. Koehne nails it with his guitar solo. Fiery stuff!


In Summary
Looking at the cover, it would be easy to forgive the unknowing, believing the band to be a power metal/death metal outfit. As we know, it's melodic hard rock bordering on melodic metal, but I'm guessing from what I've read about their other three albums, this one is the lightest of the lot, so yes, the album cover is a bit of a mis-representation. However, I like what I hear with Eden's Curse, now it's my adventure to go back and listen to their earlier stuff. Lucky me!


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#1 | gdazegod on December 03 2013 12:49:50
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#3 | george_the_jack on December 03 2013 19:12:55
Excellent album and Gerard Pique errr sorry Nikola Mijic on vocals really brings some of JLT's magic to my ears. He also sounds like Lee Small in places featuring a very flexible and easily adapted vocal range and colour.

This is what I call excellent traditional european Heavy metal with some quality Queensryche references!

Well done!
 
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