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Eyes of Eden
Faith
February 2008
Released: 2007, Century Media
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Waldemar Sorychta is one busy dude. Best known as producer to the metal stars (Samael, Moonspell, Sentenced), he’s also filled his time with his own bands, best known being the hard-hitting Grip Inc., who’ve released four top-shelf albums so far. Never one to rest on his laurels, Sorychta has brought forth Eyes of Eden, his latest musical adventure.

This time around, the focus is on gothic metal. And yes, the band does have a female singer. So, given that gothic metal is arguably one of the hottest genres these days, can we accuse Mr. Sorychta of band wagoning? Personally, I can’t shake that feeling as I listen to FAITH. Then again, I suppose his motives don’t have much bearing on the quality of the music, so let’s take a look at FAITH on its own merits.

I’ll admit, when I first heard this album I didn’t like it. I thought it was boring and more of the same that we’ve heard from gothic metal for several years now. After a few more listens, it began to grow on me, to the point where I actually like it. Musically, it’s relatively heavy with a focus on the guitars – a definite plus. Keyboards are there, but used to accent the music, not drive it. Appropriately then, there are some songs that build a good sense of menace, “When Gods Fall” being a prime example. Vocally, newcomer Franziska Huth blends in perfectly as her siren-esque vocals are perfect for this genre. She won’t blow you away with her range or power but she gets the job done. Plus, she also adjusts her vocals as required by the song: her voice is appropriately devilish on “When Gods Fall”, but more ethereal on “Dancing Fire”.

If I have any complaints about the album, it’s that the tempo is too mid-paced. Rarely does the band ever kick up the speed, nor do they slow it down into the dirge zone. Also, there are some truly questionable songs on FAITH: “Sleeping Minds” is simply too gay and keyboardy, while “Not Human Kind” just drags on for an unnecessary ten minutes despite an infectious chorus.

What we have then is a slightly above-average gothic metal album. It is great for the die-hard fans of the genre, but once the initial buzz dies off, I wonder whether Eyes of Eden has enough going for them to rise above the masses in their over-crowded genre.
Track Listing

1) Winter Night
2) When Gods Fall
3) Star
4) Pictures
5) Dancing Fire
6) Sleeping Minds
7) Daylight
8) Man in the Flame
9) From Heaven Sent
10) Not Human Kind

Lineup

Franziska Huth: Vocals
Waldemar Sorychta: Guitar
Alla Fedynitch: Bass
Tom Diener: Drums
Matt Snell: Bass

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Eyes of Eden
Faith
February 2008
Released: 2007, Century Media Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

Imagine Bob Rock starting his own band that sounds like BLACK ALBUM-era Metallica. That is kind of what European uber-producer Waldemar Sorychta has done with his new project, Eyes of Eden. An accomplished musician and songwriter himself with Grip, Inc., Sorychta’s production ear has given bands like Sentenced, Therion, Moonspell and Samael their signature sound, but he is best known for his work with Lacuna Coil. On FAITH, swelling crescendos, glossy production and multi-layered female vocals blanket a seemingly endless supply of melodic hooks. Sound familiar? Well, it is since FAITH is basically a Lacuna Coil album sans the pointless male vocals. For her part, Franziska Huth captures all the breathy, Goth-tinged tones of Cristina Scabbia and Liv Kristine only reedier and far less powerful. The riffs are pretty good but nothing stands out and the whole package really seems like it stalls before it even began. It is difficult to recommend FAITH, not because it is a substandard album but moreso for the fact that Eyes of Eden sounds like Sorychta has plagiarized himself and every band he has ever worked with, then churned out a second-tier version of COMALIES hoping to ride some of its success.



Programmed string sections are everywhere here to boost up the musical palette. “Sleeping Minds,” “Star” and “Daylight” ride a swelling boom of violins and cellos that augment the thick riffing of Sorychta. Behind it all, HIM’s Gas Lipstick pummels away and even throws in a few moments of double-bass muscle on “From Heaven Sent” and “When Gods Fall” that teases the acoustic guitar flourishes. “Man In The Flame” could fool any casual fan into believing it is a new Lacuna Coil song (and a pretty good one, at that) with a tinkling keyboard and a subtle Middle Eastern vibe to Huth’s heavily-processed vocals. Additionally, if the throaty wails of Huth aren’t clue enough, “When Gods Fall” features some female-to-male vocal trade-offs during the chorus that will draw further comparisons. Thankfully, Huth avoids the current trend of baby-doll/growled vocals of labelmates The Agonist and In This Moment and the operatic pretensions of a band like Nightwish but there are still just too many similarities here to Lacuna Coil that are impossible to get past.



For what it’s worth, FAITH is a pretty solid album of mid-paced melodic Gothic metal. The vocals are good, the hooks are there and everything is musically-sound. Eyes of Eden have crafted an enjoyable album that will appeal to fans of the genre. However, many will be turned off by the unmistakable similarities to the vastly superior Lacuna Coil. Why listen to FAITH when I already have COMALIES and KARMACODE? There may be an audience here for those who wish the guy who screams in Lacuna Coil would just bugger off and let Cristina Scabbia do her thing, though.



KILLER KUTS: “Winter Night,” “When Gods Fall,” “Star,” “Man In The Flame”
Track Listing

1. Winter Night
2. When Gods Fall
3. Star
4. Pictures
5. Dancing Fire
6. Sleeping Minds
7. Daylight
8. Man In The Flame
9. From Heaven Sent
10. Not Human Kind

Lineup

Franziska Huth—Vocals
Waldemar Sorychta—Guitar
Alla Fedynitch—Bass
Gas Lipstick—Drums

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