Winter In Eden – Echoes of Betrayal

September 18, 2012 in Reviews by Chris Foley

Winter In Eden
Echoes of Betrayal
2012

New Eden, Empires of Eden, Eden’s Curse, Winter In Eden, will it ever end? Winter In Eden is the latest in a long line of bands to feature Eden in their name, as well as the latest in a long line of symphonic/gothic, female fronted metal acts. I’ll be up front with you here in saying I didn’t expect too much from this act; I was however, a little surprised.

Firstly, I have to say that the album cover is pretty cool. It totally looks like where Gandalf laid the smack-down on the Balrog in the Lord of the Rings movies – win! The album is largely quite charming, with some neat keyboard work that dances around the tracks in graceful fashion. The songs in particular have been well crafted, with some rather catchy choruses featured throughout. The guitars lack bite, although when dealing with this style I tend not to expect anything more than cursory rhythm lines. There are some particularly tasty solos though, especially in “The Awakening Chapter III – Regret”. The rhythm section is tight, although understated, which again is along the lines of expectation.

Vocalist Vicky Johnson has a good voice, and certainly carries the songs along quite well. She’s cut from the same cloth as the likes of Floor Jansen and Simone Simons, although maybe not as strong as said vocalists. The main strength on Echoes of Betrayal, and what surprised me a little was just how strong and catchy the material was across the board. Whilst this isn’t a type of music I hold much love for, I’ve enjoyed this album well enough, and as such I’m sure fans of this style should find themselves enamoured with Winter In Eden.

Overall a solid sophomore effort, fans of female fronted symphonic/ gothic metal and of course bands such as Within Temptation or Epica would do well to check Echoes of Betrayal out, anyone who can’t stomach this style would do well to steer clear though.

Chris’ rating 3.5 out of 5