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Eden's Curse - 2016 Cardinal

ARTIST: Eden's Curse
ALBUM: Cardinal
LABEL: AFM Records
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Nikola Mijic - vocals * Thorsten Koehne - guitar * Christian 'Chrism' Pulkkinen - keyboards * Paul Logue - bass * John Clelland - drums

Guest Liv Kristine - duet female vocal

TRACK LISTING: 01 Prophets Of Doom * 02 Sell Your Soul * 03 The Great Pretender * 04 Messiah Complex * 05 Find My Way * 06 Kingdom Of Solitude * 07 Utopian Dreams * 08 This Is Our Moment * 09 Rome's On Fire * 10 Unconditional (Feat. Liv Kristine) * 11 Saints & Sinners * 12 Jericho



European band Eden's Curse deliver a new studio album for AFM Records in 2016. The band with an international line-up spanning four countries have continued on with most of the personnel in place, but with two notable changes however. Former drummer Pete Newdeck had moved on to Tainted Nation and fomer keyboardist Steve Williams has been replaced by Finnish ivories-man Christian Pulkkinen (previously with Simulacrum and Adamantra). My review of their 2013 'Symphonies Of Sin' was of the opinion that the album was perhaps their lightest release of their discography, though in the overall scheme of things, it was still pretty heavy. The bio for 'Cardinal' suggests the band have gone up a notch since then. Is this true?

The Songs
No. They are still a band that is more metal than hard rock. Riffs fly off Thorsten Koehne's guitar like sparks from a grinder, and the drum-work is industrial strength thanks to John Clelland. The keyboard work from Pulkkinen adds a new dimension to the EC sound, and with a band like this, having a top-notch guy on keys definitely adds to their musical arsenal.

Swirling key introduce the lead-off 'Prophets Of Doom'. It's all double kick drums and chugging guitars, plus of course the nightly 6 o'clock newsreaders who are literally, the prophets of doom. Plenty of that going on in 2016 and no doubt into 2017. The video to the track 'Sell Your Soul' is one of my favourites for the 2016 year. The band, resplendent in red attire, as well as their instruments and vocal mike, are joined by a stable of good looking gals dressed up as airline hosties. Are some of these songs aimed at world events? Sure sounds like it to me. 'The Great Pretender' could be any number of people. Hillary Clinton? David Cameron? Surely not Donald Trump? lol..

'Messiah Complex' steers into the icy cold world of progressive metal, with battering ram drum-work and stealth synths. 'Find My Way' is the album's power-ballad, a long one too at near 7 minutes. 'Kingdom Of Solitude' has a very unusual bass-popping intro, but works up a frenzy by chorus time. No night time slumber with 'Utopian Dreams'. This one is quite fast and super melodic. There's no Nero and no violin, but EC deliver 'Rome's On Fire' with flagrant fury. Nice track. 'Unconditional' features Norwegian guest vocalist Liv Kristine (formerly of Leaves Eyes) and is pretty much of the style she is best known for. 'Saints And Sinners' will suit the hard rock audience, with loads of flashy keyboards and melodic passages. The closer 'Jericho' is the album's longest piece at near on 8 minutes, it's a solid exit-point, but doesn't alter course nor provide points of difference throughout.

In Summary
Overall, 'Cardinal' is a likeable album for the hard and heavy audience. It does however have some very melodic parts, for which I'd love to see them exploit a bit more, in the way that a band like Circus Maximus can do. The highlights for me are 'Sell Your Soul' and 'Rome's On Fire'. Another solid effort from this totally International band.

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#1 | gdazegod on January 23 2017 11:06:13
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