Eden’s Curse – ‘Revisited’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Thursday, 24 August 2017 04:00

Edens Curse RevisitedAs with many of the bands I get to listen to these days, either via the genius that is Spotify or thanks to the even more so Über Rock team, I am beginning to wonder where I have been for the last 20 years when it comes to music. Stuck in the classic rock stuff of the ‘70s and ‘80s I suppose. Anyhow, yet another new offering for me from Eden’s Curse a band of mixed origins currently based in Glasgow.

 

As the title suggests it is a reworking of their self-titled debut album from 2007 (minus the alternative mix of ‘What Are You Waiting For’). My first job therefore had to be a journey through the original version to see if it has improved the extensive 14 (15!) track album. However, as it’s a tenth anniversary version, they are packaging it with a two camera DVD, ‘Live In Glasgow’, which they are calling a “bootleg” even though it’s an “official” recording.

 

The atmospheric intro (‘Book Of Life’) sets the mood, and it appears (to the untrained ear) that this was virtually unchanged apart from increasing the clarity of the spoken word by making it sit higher in the mix (or the background was lower: either way the effect is the same).

 

‘Judgement Day’ sounds much stronger than the original version with more “meat” to the rhythm guitar and the underlying bass/drum combination of the rhythm section of Paul Logue and John Clelland have that desired effect of making your ears ring and your guts wobble. On top of this the screaming machine gun guitar playing of Thorsten Kohne gives that metallic flavour that typifies the genre. All of this is superbly covered by the vocals of Nikola Mijic.

 

 

The improvement in the mix continues throughout the album in comparison to the original recording. Whilst many of the tracks are typically melodic rock/metal, as is usually the case there are a few reflective gentler tracks, of which ‘The Voice Inside’ is superbly written, effortlessly performed and complemented by the instrumentation and the keyboard playing of Christian Pulkkinnen. The newer version evokes more feeling than the original, with a very bluesy solo after the opening chorus. I can see the influences of Europe and Journey within this track. This version is much better than the original whilst holding to its roots.

 

‘After The Love Has Gone’ hits you right between the ears from the opening riff and carries on throughout the song. I guess you guys know what I’m gonna say from this point on? ‘Eden’s Curse –Revisited’ is worth a visit and a couple of quid: hell, I might even buy it myself! For those of you who have the original CD in your collection, you should also invest in this version. There isn’t one track that is not improved by the remix and the addition of the vocals of Mijic.

 

The title track, ‘Eden’s Curse’, opens much stronger than the original with some superb power chords and these run throughout the song prior to the continued machine gun solos typical of Kohne. This is probably my favourite track on the album. ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ is reminiscent of the riffs from ‘Burn’ by Deep Purple. Once again, though, the new version is so much stronger than the original.

 

With the majority of the tracks running to four to five minutes and a CD of 14 tracks, that’s 70 minutes of melodic power metal that will lie alongside any of Asia/Journey/Europe’s back catalogue.

 

Whilst I could listen to the original recording, on the back of this release I feel I will stick with the newer mix and explore the rest of their back catalogue on Spotify.

 

If you are fans of Eden’s Curse you will love this new mix: if you’re not fans, you should be after this.

 

Yet another new discovery courtesy of Über Rock/Spotify that’ll find its way into my playlisting somewhere and a tour to watch out for… come on guys: don’t forget the bit of the UK to the left of England!

 

‘Revisited’ is released tomorrow (Friday 25 August). You can get your copy HERE.

 

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