Just witnessed your
best live gig?.. send us a review!
Bloodstock Festival, Sophie Lancaster Stage 16
outing for Eden's Curse was support to Stratovarius and Firewind on tour
in May, and with a December trip lined up (with Arthemis), and 'Hard Rock
Hell', they are slowly but surely ramping things up and reaching a wider
With two well-received albums, in a different musical climate I think the
band would be huge. As it is, like many others, they are faced with the
pleasures and pitfalls of being "the support band".
Having seen them last May in Manchester, when the sound was terrible,
hopes were high that things would be sorted and that those great songs
would shine through.
Disappointingly, in a forty minute set, the sound mix wasn't good. I cannot
understand why - with modern technology - it is not possible to get things
better. (Probably not a good comparison as they had probably imported some
bearded Swedish audio boffin in a whitecoat, but the sound mix for headliners Europe was one of the
best I've ever heard).
As a result the subtleties of both vocal and instrumental interplay (such
a great thing on their albums) was lost. Thorsten Koehne's guitar solos, for
example, failed to cut through for the most part, although newcomer
Alessandro del Vecchio's keyboards and harmonies provided a welcome
though, have what it takes, and they deserve better. 'The Second
Coming' is easily one of the best melodic metal releases of the past year
and has garnered glowing reviews from those who admire the first-rate
musicianship and memorable songs.
connect well with their audience too and it is plainly evident that the
promise shown by that album is translated live, in fact the delivery could
even exceed any expectations.
It was only by their second-to-last number 'Sail On' (poignantly dedicated
to Sophie Lancaster by the band's vocalist Michael Eden) that the sound
guy had discovered the appropriate faders and this became a highlight
because you could actually hear what was going on. This was only
temporary, however, because by the closing number - 'Angels and Demons' -
he'd fallen asleep again.
really no excuses, and we see (or hear) it time and time again at gigs.
Eden's Curse are not alone in this unwelcome and perhaps unwitting sabotage and it's not fair to
any band. I am no audio engineer, but it beggars belief.
What this gig demonstrated, is a salutary tale for any up and coming
musician. All that preparation, travel and enthusiasm is literally killed
off in the mix. Bring your own sound guy, from Sweden if necessary.
For Eden's Curse it's an education, but December's headlining tour should sort things
and gain a greater audience for their infectious blend of metal and
melody. A great band that - if there is any justice - should get greater.