EDEN'S CURSE - THE UNDERWORLD - 27.11.16
I was lucky enough to be able to go and see EDEN'S CURSE at The Underworld, Camden yesterday, the last of their seven date tour of the U.K.
I shall admit that I have only recently 'discovered' EDEN'S CURSE and am quite disappointed to be so late to what has so far been a ten year party!!
Touring on the back of their fifth studio album 'Cardinal', which was released on 14th October this year, I caught up with Paul Logue, EDEN'S CURSE Bass player and Manager, prior to the explosive final set of their tour. Upon enquiring as to the heavier and more technical aspects of 'Cardinal' in comparison to their previous albums, Paul said he felt it was a natural progression for EDEN'S CURSE. As a band they have always been into heavier music, and melodic tracks with heavy guitars, and John Clelland (Drums) and Thorsten Koehne (Guitars) are very technical players, so technical aspects will always feature. As a band they have dabbled with these concepts in previous albums but thought that they would try and take some new songs further in this direction, whilst trying not to alienate their fan base at the same time. Judging by the reviews and comments on their new album that I have read myself, I think they have managed to achieve this. EDEN'S CURSE are known for strong melodies and hook lines being ever present in their music, and with the bands second vocalist Nikola Mijic at the helm, he brought a very different sound with him to what the band had previously had, and so they felt safe to try something different. They write so many different songs for a new album, that they try not to 'push' things too hard, instead opting to allow musical creativity to flow naturally, and just see where they end up. He said that things couldn't be forced at this stage in the game, but obviously they still had to create something that would stand out amongst the crowd due to the competition in the music industry, and it's something that they work very hard at doing because they care very deeply about what songs they put out, as always want to ensure quality over quantity. After previously touring Europe they had appreciated a lot of the heavier songs that they had done live, and so that had an influence upon the song writing and track choosing for 'Cardinal'. Although this new album has been very well received, Paul was unsure whether this is a direction that EDEN'S CURSE will continue to take, saying they have been described as being Melodic Rock, AOR and Prog, but he likes to consider them as just 'Us'. They love the diversity that they have as a band, and that with a quick switch up of some of their songs, they can be placed on a stage at a rock or a metal festival. Paul seems proud that the band can't be pigeon holed, and told me that his motto is to 'Just write music for ourselves'. I think that's a good motto to have! It keeps the music fresh, interesting and it will always retain a raw and very real quality about it, but mostly it will retain the passion from the place in which it came, which for me is paramount to good music. So it's a good thing that they do what they 'like' first and foremost, and the band feel blessed that a lot of people embrace their way of working.
Being fascinated with the whole song writing process generally, I just had to ask how this works within a multinational band. Paul is the primary writer but always encourages the ideas and input of his fellow band members. They all have great relationships with each other and play to one another's strengths. Paul said he could come up with an idea, which he would then send across to Thorsten, who would write the guitar parts, and give Paul some riffs to work with along with some lyrics. However the main point seemed to be that there were no rules. It was a collaboration. Once they get the skeleton tracks down, every member has the chance to put their own stamp upon it. Being a multinational band seemed to broaden their horizons and with the age of the internet it made song writing from all four corners of the world a simple task.
Asking what's next for EDEN'S CURSE, Paul said that they were all looking forward to a break over Christmas, and then will reconvene in January. After two years of writing for 'Cardinal', they are mentally and physically in need of some time to rest, and don't plan on writing anything new for the next six months at least. To rejuvenate their musical creativity, they will get as far away from music as they can, and for Paul this will mean spending time with his beloved family, and enjoying long walks in the countryside with his dog. He added that he knew when it would be time to write again and that enough rest had been had, as ideas would continue to flow once more.
Out of the new tracks featured on 'Cardinal', and their favourite to perform live, is 'Jericho'. It is definitely a big epic song that is slightly more progressive in approach, and in Paul's words, is cool to actually play. If you listen to it you will hear a Black Sabbath and Dream Theatre influence, so I am sure you can imagine how 'big' this song sounds.
The London show was an opportunity for EDEN'S CURSE to sign off in style, and boy did they do that! The power and passion that these guys individually bring to the mix is absolutely explosive when combined on a stage! My first time seeing them live, and I can promise it won't be my last! They're exciting! They ignite your whole being into a rocking, melodic, power metal frenzy! Bursting onto the stage and straight into 'Prophets Of Doom', the crowd go with it straight away, cheering, jumping and dancing. I love the atmosphere in the venue when EDEN'S CURSE are playing. These guys are virtuosos and an absolute joy to watch! Watching Thorsten rock out his guitar solos was astounding, he knows his weapon of choice like the back of his hand! John was like a well oiled machine on that drum kit, the kit almost an extension of himself, effortless! 'Chrism' on Keyboards and backing vocals was just awesome and faultless. Paul is fun to watch on stage, he has such a confidence about him and you can clearly see he loves what he does, an excellent bass player and talented song writer. Last but not least, Nikola. I adore his vocals. His power and range are incredible. He knows his capabilities and he isn't afraid to push them to the max. The chemistry that he also brings to the duet on stage with guest vocalist Helen Hurd for song 'Unconditional' is beautiful to witness. This just adds to the 'love story' within the song. On the album itself this female vocal is sung by Liv Kristine ex 'Leaves Eyes' vocalist. Both recorded and live versions excellent in their own right. The guys take their audience on a journey through songs new and old, and all are very welcomed. EDEN'S CURSE have a loyal fan base and although I am 'new' to the party, I can see why. They're pure quality.
Although EDEN'S CURSE say they are sad to see the tour come to an end, they are excited for what 2017 and beyond will bring, but for now, they are in need of a much deserved rest!
Check out our review of EDEN'S CURSE latest album 'Cardinal'!