Eden's Curse - 2011 - Trinity
1. Trinitas Sanctus (Intro)
3. Saints Of Tomorrow
4. No Holy Man (feat. James LaBrie)
5. Guardian Angel
6. Can't Fool The Devil
7. Rivers Of Destiny
8. Dare To Be Different
9. Children Of The Tide
10. Black Widow (feat. Andi Deris)
11. Jerusalem Sleeps
12. Rock 'N' Roll Children (DIO cover)
13. Never The Sinner (US release bonus track)
With the release of their third full-length studio effort, aptly titled Trinity, Eden’s Curse are without a doubt separating themselves from the pack!
Whether it’s Michael Eden’s surreal vocal expertise, the songwriting prowess of mastermind/bassist Paul Logue or guitarist Thorsten Koehne’s blisteringly melodic solos and leads, few other musicians are consistently creating this level of intelligent, emotional and passionate music.
And it’s not like the gents didn’t come packing either, as the first single “No Holy Man” features Progressive Metal vocal legend James LaBrie and Andi Deris (Helloween) joins the party on “Black Widow”.
This is the completest album you will hear all year...
After the haunting and foreboding intro, here's the title track, “Trinity.” There is typically a loose theme from album to album that ties everything together.
Everything Eden’s Curse writes is a surgical strike.
The first single, featuring the aforementioned LaBrie, is “No Holy Man”. If you are longing for a caustic dissection of hypocrisy, this will satisfy your palate. In summary, the song is about a man who purports himself to be a Man of God, when he’s a drug-using, alcoholic infidel... at the very least. “Let he without sin, cast the first stone”, sings LaBrie, in duet with Michael. The damning statement at the end of the chorus, “You and I are no different, and you’re no Holy Man!” hits you right in the soul, should you have one. Even the eerie keys from new member Del Vecchio paint this track in an otherwordly, or perchance more apropos, 'afterworldly' light. It’s one of the best songs on Trinity.
Eden’s Curse is one of those bands who have been able to pull off the softer ballads, but placing “Guardian Angel” immediately after “No Holy Man” takes the air out of the balloon a tad. With so many songs about saints, holy men, devils and sinners, you knew one about angels was forthcoming, and even if you can’t rock out to this one, you will still marvel at Michael’s talent as a singer.
Things immediately jump back onto the highway to hell with “Can’t Fool the Devil”, a burning, racing composition that is one of the hardest on Trinity. The drums from Newdeck pummel your senses, and Michael puts a grittier edge to his vocals to endow the song with even more bite. “Once you give me your word, you cannot go back!” The themes stay at the front on each track, and this storytelling aspect is another strength of Eden’s Curse.
“Black Widow” features Andi Deris, and the two vocal styles are in complete contrast. Michael and LaBrie have a clean, smooth delivery, and they played off each other with aplomb, but Deris is a more guttural and in this case, vicious singer. He’s the perfect complement to Michael per this jarring and monumentally heavy track. Eden’s Curse just has everything figured out...
The band covered Dio’s “Rock ‘N’ Roll Children” for this release, and while it doesn’t fit into the overall religious themes of the album, it’s definitely a sonic fit. The band puts their own velvet touch to the cover, polishing it while still maintaining the majesty of the original. As an ode to RJD, he’d definitely give it his blessing.
If you land the American release, you’ll end Trinity with a bonus track “Never the Sinner.” At track 13, you’ve already digested a lot of music, but “Never the Sinner” is as strong as “No Holy Man” or “Can’t Fool the Devil.” This is a classic Hard Rock composition, one of the most straight-forward songs on Trinity. Daring you to look into the mirror and see yourself for who you really are, Trinity closes with an eternal warning for all who are listening.
Eden’s Curse have proven once again that their debut and sophomore effort The Second Coming were no hoax.
Rarely does a band top themselves time and time again, but somehow, Eden’s Curse, with Trinity, have overpowered two of the best albums of the past four years!
Michael Eden - Vocals (Seven Ten)
Thorsten Koehne - Guitars (Code of Perfection, Attack, Aterial)
Paul Logue - Bass, Vocals (David Readman Band)
Pete Newdeck - Drums (Grim Reaper, Paul Di'Anno, Steve Grimmett)
Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards, Vocals (Edge Of Forever, Moonstone Project, Brunorock)
Last Updated (Saturday, 02 April 2011 10:50)