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EDEN'S CURSE Trinity AFM Records (2011)

Eden's Curse

Eden's Curse are back with album number three, which also marks the studio debut of new ivory tinkler Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge Of Forever) and expectations are high after two very strong albums to date.

To increase the interest they have two very special vocal guests in Dream Theater's James LaBrie and Helloween's Andi Deris plus a couple of covers. Dennis Ward is again on hand for production duties.

Highlights? Definitely 'No Holy Man' (the digital single release) with Dream Theater's James LaBrie complementing Michael Eden's vocal nicely and it's an air keyboard alert near the end with a massive church organ piece. The other vocal guest, Helloween's Andi Deris again fits into the song 'Black Widow', which reminded me of Avantasia.

 

Eden's Curse Paul Logue gives us the lowdown on the new songs ...

Trinity

It's early days yet, but from most of the press feedback I've read, this appears to be amongst the very top favourites on the new record - with some even hailing it as one of the best songs we have ever done!

It's always our plan to kick each album off in style, and that is exactly what we have done here. Big riffs, huge vocals and more guitars than you can possibly imagine. Lyrically, this one is a social commentary.

We all live under the same sun and breathe the same air, and at Judgement Day, we will all be judged the same. You choose your own path and fate in this life. Choose wisely!

Saints Of Tomorrow

Written by Thorsten and drummer Pete Newdeck, with some help from Mike - this is as modern as Eden's Curse gets. There's a definite Firewind vibe to this tune, and it's insanely catchy.

I believe Pete had this lyrical idea for Steve Grimmett / Tainted Nation, but I wanted the title badly - I begged and he brought it in. Lyrically, it's about the state of the world and society today. We have a chance to do something to help the children of the future. Shall we take on the mantle or watch in shame?
 

No Holy Man

I had written the bulk of this tune whilst we were auditioning keyboard players. I gave them this tune, instrumentally, to see what they could bring to the table. Ale returned his with the string section that has now become the part James sang onů

We then threw down some lyrics and he sang this beautiful, Dio-type melody? I just went WOW! The song just grew arms and legs from there. We always envisaged a duet on that part.

An epic tune, which is my ideal perception of what Eden's Curse is all about. Lyrically, it's about people who act one way in public and another way in private. Hypocrisy is everywhere in society today.

Guardian Angel

Written about the birth of my daughter Emma. Great vocals by Mike and I love the keyboards from Alessandro. Mr Newdeck penned a chorus to die for here!

Can't Fool The Devil

A double bass, decibel rousing, deafening diatribe! Fast, furious and angry! The devil eventually catches up with you sooner or later. The question is, how ready are you?

Dare To Be Different

Basically, an ode to the Sheep of life and a song full of hope! Try breaking away from the herd for once in your life! Nothing good ever comes from staring at another sheep's bottom.

Rivers Of Destiny

This was originally written for the 'Place Vendome' project which is coming out through Frontiers.

Dennis Ward (our esteemed producer and engineer) asked me to pen some songs for that, but Place Vendome's loss is most certainly our gain.

The most melodic tune on the album and one of Mike's best vocal performances ever I think!

Children Of The Tide

Actually, one of my favourites on the album. I wrote this after watching a documentary at Christmas time, about all the tsunamis in the Indian Ocean. One mother spoke of how her, her husband and young daughter all gripped on for dear life and, suddenly, a wave came and took their daughter right out of their grasp? There was nothing they could do to stop it. That will always stick with me. Haunting song!

Black Widow

The heaviest song Eden's Curse has ever written. Great powerful vocals by Mike and Andi Deris (Helloween), and superb drumming from Sir Newdeck.

It's about people who can become anything that they want to be from behind a keyboard. The web is full of people who prey on others and attack with ease. Where you find webs, you find spiders and they don't come more hardcore than the black widow!

Jerusalem Sleeps

A song inspired by the movie The Kingdom Of Heaven with Orlando Bloom. The film was pretty average, but I loved the concept of the Muslims and Christians fighting to control Jerusalem. It's a tale of courage, endurance and faith. A fantastic riff and groove and some awesome fretwork by Thorsten! This will be a live favourite for sure!

Rock N' Roll Children

Our ode to Ronnie James Dio! Ronnie influenced this band and its member's lives more than anyone will ever know. Every single one of us was affected by his death in one form or another!

This just simply HAD to be done as our way of saying thank you to him and the music he provided; music that essentially acted as a soundtrack to our lives. We will never forget the man on the silver mountain! God bless; RIP!

'Dare To Be Different' rides along nicely on a Hammond and guitar riff and more classy guitar riffs are to be had on 'Can't Fool The Devil', both are top notch melodic metal songs.

The band stretch their musical wings on the two longer songs, 'Jerusalem Sleeps' (again check out the keys and backing instrumentation) and 'Children Of The Tide'. Both benefit from atmospheric touches and it is the sort of music Queensryche should be doing. 'Guardian Angel' allows the listener a breather as the band again shows they can turn their hand to produce a strong ballad.

The band cover 'Rock 'N' Roll Children' as a tribute to the late, great Ronnie Dio and do so in style. The Japanese release has a bonus cover in the shape of Dokken's 'Unchain The Night'.

Eden's Curse deserve your attention if you've not encountered them before, as they have upped their game on 'Trinity', a modern melodic metal classic in the making.

*****

Review and interview by Jason Ritchie

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