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Eden's Curse
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4.5 stars

Well we finally have it; it took awhile but the good people over at Metal Mayhem Ryan Northrop sent over the debut US version of EDEN’S CURSE a CD that the whole staff is dying to hear. I guess I was the lucky one!

We first came upon MICHAEL EDEN at the recent MelodicRock.com 10th anniversary show in Indiana and it was a pleasure to rub elbows with a guy of his magnitude with vocals better than most in the industry. The CD was produced and mixed by the mighty Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69) so by rights we could only expect a masterful sound.

The opening intro reminds me of the opening of ANGEL’s live show when the hologram angel head talks, after the narration you get a tasty melodic instrumental and blast off the opening tune “Judgment Day.” This track is smokin’ with EDEN’s spectacular vocals and the riveting guitar work by Thorsten Koehne.

The writing ability and musicianship on these songs are par excellence and until I heard EDEN’S CURSE, I really didn’t know how good Thorsten was. Listening to Eden’s vocals, I get a sense of a more progressive Dennis DeYoung--STYX and in order to be put in that category you have to be good.

One of the special elements EDEN’S CURSE possesses is great harmonies, an example of which is “Stronger Than The Flame,” yet the song that sets fire to the disc is “After The Love Is Gone.” The great chorus and the way Michael Eden takes hold of the lyrics are amazing. I mean it’s almost like a great pop song from the Eighties being renovated to make it a modern day hit.

There are so many killer tunes such as “Fly Away” which is a little heavier tune than the rest, but it is such a good song plus Ferdy Doernberg hits you up with some tantalizing keyboards that will be burnt into your memory. “Fly Away” will draw comparisons to THE POODLES because of the similarity in the sound on this particular song.

“The Bruce” is an instrumental with a short narration track that would be a great soundtrack for just about any movie. That instrumental runs into “Fallen King”. The arrangement and song location on EDEN’S CURSE is another highlight as the songs tell a story.

I am a big fan of acoustic work and EDEN’S CURSE added two bonus tracks acoustically “Fly Away” (Acoustic Demo) and “Eden’s Curse” (Acoustic Demo). “Fly Away” is just sensational, the flamenco style guitar playing by Thorsten Koehne is outstanding and the acoustic version of “Eden’s Curse” shows the pipes of Michael Eden he just shines. If you’re looking to add a phenomenal CD to your collection, this is it. You get sixteen songs almost a double CD worth of killer tunes.


Band Lineup:
  • Michael Eden – Vocals
  • Paul Logue - Bass
  • Ferdy Doernberg – Keyboards
  • Pete Newdeck – Drums
  • Thorsten Koehne – Guitar

 

Track Listing:
  1. Book Of Life (Intro)
  2. Judgement Day
  3. Eyes Of The World
  4. Stronger Than The Flame
  5. The Voice Inside
  6. After The Love Is Gone
  7. Fly Away
  8. What Are You Waiting For
  9. Eden’s Curse
  10. Don’t Bring Me Down
  11. Heaven Touch Me
  12. The Bruce (Intro)
  13. Fallen King
  14. We All Die Young
  15. Exclusive Bonus Track
  16. Fly Away (Acoustic Demo)
  17. Eden’s Curse (Acoustic Demo)

 

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