Lost Eden Chapter
posted on 11/2005 By:
I didn’t quite know what to expect from Eden A.D. A quick glance at their MySpace page revealed them as a five-piece band from New York City that’s been around for about three years, fine-tuning their particular combination of European death metal and American thrash through an active touring schedule. Their latest release, Lost Eden Chapter, is a three-song demo containing what they feel to be their strongest recorded material to date.
I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard during my first listen to Lost Eden Chapter. An independent band from the States that claims to blend European and American styles of metal isn’t always a recipe for success, but Eden A.D. dispense with the tough-guy posturing favored by many of their NYC brethren and instead stick with a sound that is dynamic and entertaining. The In Flames influence is obvious – the opening riff and beat to the title track is very reminiscent of “Colony” – and the general mood created by each tune is unmistakably European, but the sections of the songs that contain blastbeats and fast, triplet-driven riffs have a much more raw and North American thrash metal feel to them. The integration of each style is seamless, and Eden A.D. should be commended on how well the songs are structured. Not many established bands can write an eight-minute song that commands a listener’s attention the whole way through, let alone a group that hasn’t even been signed yet. Vocalist Tommy Rosario compliments the music extremely well, with screams that sound like a slightly harsher version of Randy Blythe from Lamb Of God. The only knock I have against this demo is the production, but I can cut them some slack on that front since Lost Eden Chapter was independently financed and released.
Eden A.D. is an impressive and promising young band, and with any luck a record label will sit up and take notice of them in the near future. After putting out a demo like Lost Eden Chapter, and with the astounding amount of garbage bands getting signed these days, they deserve it.
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