Released: 2013, AFM Records
Sometimes, no matter how much music I listen to, I miss a band. Occasionally I regret it, and this is one of those cases, really wondering how I missed Eden’s Curse. The UK based band was formed in 2007 with an international cast of members. SYMPHONY OF SIN is the band’s fourth full length album and the revolving door of vocalists continues the band already on their third in Serbian vocalist Nikola Mijic. Also joining the band for the first time is former Dragonforce and Powerquest keyboarder, Steve Williams, the man exercising much more restraint than the excessive exuberance he unleashed in Dragonforce.
I had to check out the back catalog after listening to this, and I do not think this is much of a departure from the TRINITY album, though it is noticeably different than the debut album. The band sticks with their signature sound for album opener “Symphony Of Sin” a hybrid of Masterplan and Fullforce. Miijich has the perfect voice for this style, which essentially is a blend of lite power metal and melodic metal with dashes of AOR. Gifted with an ass kicking guitarist, Thorsten Koehne delivers catchy riffs and thoughtful, searing solos. “Breaking The Silence” is one of the faster, heavier tunes delivered with a bountiful dose of melodicism. The lines swiftly blur between genres with “Unbreakable”, a song that more closely resembles House of Lords or even my other melodic metal album review this month, Harem Scarem. Heck man, this could probably have passed for Night Ranger, which might be the threshold of no return for some metal fans, so be warned.
Without question, this is the most commercial leaning album the band has released yet, and while the first three tracks are more or less vintage Eden’s Curse, the next batch are more Khymera and House Of Lords with hints of Journey. That works fine for me, because I dig all of those bands, plus I have invested next to nothing in Eden’s Curse to this point. However, some fans might have some soul searching to do. The essence of this album is high quality melodic metal with substantial elements of hard rock. From a performance point of view, there are no weak links in this band, while the production is slick but full of punch. Thirteen tracks running over 65 minutes is probably too long for this type of music that ideally works best in the 3-4 minute range. Small complaint though, when the songs and the music are of this high a grade. Obviously if growling, spewing odes of spittle and hatred are your thing, you will not want to venture anywhere near this, but for fans of House Of Lords, Khymera, Harem Scarem and other similar bands, this is a recommended and worthy listen.