Eden’s Curse – Symphony Of Sin
Reviewed by Arno Callens
You have to hand it to Eden’s Curse. It’s one thing to lose your original singer, another to lose his replacement, and yet another to release a new album a mere two years after the whole debacle started. Miracle or not, Symphony Of Sin is a fact, and despite the tumultuous lineup changes, it is a hit and a statement: the Curse lives on.
Mic duties have been handed to Nikola Mijić of fame that I’m not aware of. He’s definitely a different brand of singer, lending the melodic heavy metal of these Brits a shade of power metal, whereas Michael Eden gave it more of a hard rock touch. He’s more versatile, reminding me at first of a mixture between Tobias Sammet and Russell Allen, then of Michael Kiske-meets-Todd LaTorre, and then back again to my first impression. Not to step on Michael Eden’s toes, but I think I miss James LaBrie’s backing vocals on Trinity more than I miss him.
Despite the change in vocals, the music underneath it remains the same: energetic, mid tempo anthems dealing with various religious subjects. Without going into great detail, you can expect catchy, almost gospel-summoning choirs mixed with grandiose chorus melodies. Single “Evil & Divine”, “Sign Of The Cross”, and especially the title track are among the best songs Eden Curse has penned. Even the ballad “Falling From Grace” is a vast improvement over previous efforts like “Guardian Angel”.
At thirteen tracks, Symphony Of Sin stretches the attention span, especially since the typical Eden’s Curse fare is frequently interrupted with oddities as “Unbreakable” and “Rock Bottom”. These tracks are far from bad (actually growing on me as we speak), but they are a curious mold of eighties pop rock (à la Journey) and the modern Avantasia brand of ambitiously bombastic power metal. Solid tunes in their own right, but a bit lost among the heavy metal/hard rock hybrid Eden’s Curse has built their name upon.
Despite that slight stylistic clash, Symphony Of Sin is the testament of a band who cut their losses, never lost their focus, and kept on forging on. It may not be as epic and condensed as Trinity, but is a welcome addition to what’s becoming an impressive discography.
4.0 // 5