End of the Eden - Review
This project has been around since 1996 and is composed of the trio Aurelio, Lucy and Deneb.
This album marks their first official full-length release besides a few previously self-released demos and other works. With this album we get good solid album with fourteen solid electro-goth tracks.
The album kicks off with a solid gothic rock piece in the form of "Days of Ice" with a layer of electronics that really gives it some depth. This quickly became a favorite and was a key track in helping me to decide to even review this album and help to promote this band. With this track and style that is prevalent on most of the album, we get a touch of the best of what we've grown to love over the years in the gothic scene, mixing in a touch of post-punk, death rock, new wave and old-school batcave music along with the solid 90's gothic rock sound. As the album winds on and the vocal style becomes more familiar, it harkens back to some of the earlier works from London After Midnight
with a touch of Christian Death
and other similar bands. With that said though, it should be noted they really have a good solid unique style that's not easily confused with any other similar bands in the genre.
Besides the aforementioned introductory piece, there are several pieces that stand out as new stellar pieces that gothic rock fans should really enjoy. The follow-up selection "Black Lines" tones down the intensity a bit with a mid-tempo beat, but comes out with an emotional quality and soaring guitars that lend themselves to the mood perfectly. "Sin and Sacrifice" immediately follows with a driving rhythm and intensity that stands out on the album. About halfway through we come upon "Bed of Thorns" which is another favorite piece that has a solid beat and driving layers of guitars and electronics. The album then wanders a bit, stumbling upon select pieces here and there, especially with the stellar piece "The Hunt" and later with dark and moody track "Blood from Heaven" where the vocals become even more distant and somber though the overall intensity still remains somewhat intact. But the mood really grows dark with "Siren" which kind of starts to bring the album to a close. At this point we come to the "extra" or finale pieces, the first of which is a cover of the Echo and the Bunnymen
classic "Killing Moon". They do an excellent job with the instruments and vocals, but the percussion really just throws the whole thing off, it stands out too much and throws off the rhythm which was a little disappointing for me because this is such a great original piece and the rest was so well done. Which leaves us with the final track "Adam" which is a somber, heavily layered mid-tempo track for a great way to end the album.