Initially formed in 2006 by Paul Logue the songwriter and bassist with vocalist Michael Eden, Eden’s Curse self titled debut was released the following year with the addition Thorsten Koehne (guitars), Pete Newdeck (drums) and Ferdy Doernberg (keyboards). 2008 saw the release of The Second Coming, featuring Angels & Demons, a duet with Pamela Moore also known as Sister Mary from Queensryche’s legendary Operation:Mindcrime album.
Trinity followed, with duets featuring James LaBrie (Dream Theater) on No Holy Man and Andi Deris (Helloween) on Black Widow. Eden chose to depart and Nikola Mijic stepped up incredibly for their fourth album Symphony Of Sin in 2013 and live album Live with the Curse in 2015. Their fifth studio album Cardinal introduced new Finnish keyboardist Chrism in 2016 and featured a duet with Liv Kristine (Leaves‘ Eyes) on Unconditional. To celebrate their tenth anniversary, Eden’s Curse was re-recorded with Mijic and was released with a live DVD in 2017. With such a back catalogue, it was felt that a Best Of album was justified.
Founder Logue has compared the two periods of Eden’s Curse with their two vocalists as the Old and New Testaments and it is this which influenced the title and artwork. Testament – The Best Of Eden’s Curse combines the best of both eras, that with original singer Michael Eden and the latest incarnation featuring Nikola Mijic to form a definitive best of. The collection is presented in the form of a typical set list of the band for the first disc, covering the bases of all five album releases. It is designed to give the new listener a perfect introduction to the music while presenting avid fans with a collection of their greatest tracks.
Opening with Symphony of Sin, the first track from their fourth album which introduces Mijic to the fanbase it is a powerful statement with symphonic orchestral strings. Eden’s Curse are extremely talented in their own right and the songs are perfectly honed delivering the best for the listener. Great riffs and rousing choruses lean towards the glory days of eighties power metal with Koehne harmonising with the keyboards to a thrilling effect. Masquerade Ball, from The Second Coming, showcases the almost neo-classical Malmsteen like skills of Koehne before we enter into the first of the duets Black Widow feat Andi Deris of Helloween is hair raising stuff. The Great Pretender (Cardinal) heavy and groovy while the anthemic Fly Away (Edens Curse), is a true lighters/ vape aloft moment. No Holy Man (Trinity) features Dream Theater’s James Labrie in a classic rock track with a contemporary feel and staggering vocals.
Sell Your Soul (Cardinal) is a masterclass in songwriting, shifting in time signatures and tempos while Jerusalem Sleeps (Trinity) with its sitar and extended solos takes us further into a progressive domain.
Unconditional (Cardinal) is a glorious duet of a power ballad featuring Liv Kristine (Leaves Eyes) demonstrates her phenomenal range before the excitement is taken up a level in Judgement Day with some high quality shredding by Thorsten. Jericho (Cardinal) is simply a masterclass in middle of the road, AOR progressive rock, complete with Hammond organ accessorising. Unbreakable (Symphony of Sin) an euphoric, high energy power ballad. Angels &Demons featuring Pamela Moore (Sister Mary, from Queensryche : Operation Mindcrime) is sublime. In all this is a fantastic introduction and a great representation of what Eden’s Curse is now.
The second disc packages previous Japanese bonus tracks and unreleased cuts with the inclusion of brand new song Forever. Forever opens The Best of The Bonus Tracks and Logue initially wrote the song in 2005 for another artist, but re-working it with Koehne has created a track worthy of the modern incarnation of Eden’s Curse.
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The bonus tracks truly are worthy of their own release, with alternative acoustic versions of four tracks from their debut Eden’s Curse, bonus and acoustic tracks from The Second Coming, Dokken cover Unchain The Night and a piano based and acoustic version of tracks from Trinity completed with two bonus versions of Symphony of Sin tracks. This is actually a very well thought out package which not only covers the diverse styles but also the delivery and musicianship of the band. A treat for fans new and old.
EDEN’S CURSE return to the UK as special guests to Michael Schenker Fest on their ‘Resurrection UK Tour’ this November, with an extended tour in 2019.
The run will also take in an appearance at the Hard Rock Hell Festival, the band’s first since 2009, a headline show at Fuel Rock Club, in Cardiff, Wales, Winterstorm festival & Winter’s End festival.
5th Nov – O2 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
6th Nov – Institute, Birmingham, England
7th Nov – Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff, Wales (Headline show)
8th Nov – Hard Rock Hell XII, Pwllheli, Wales
9th Nov – O2 Academy, Newcastle, England
10th Nov – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, England
11th Nov – Academy 1, Manchester, England
24th Nov, Winterstorm, Troon
10th March 2019, Winter’s End, Poole
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