- Born in the late 60's, Chesy hails from a Welsh mining village with a long name and was pretty glad when he got the Hell out of there. He got into Rock/Metal in about 1980, thanks to a TISWAS related incident (Rainbow video for All Night Long) and thankfully has never looked back. Chesy often sang solo in the school choir, but thanks to a puberty related incident his voice is now completely bolloxed, although in his own head Paul thinks he sounds like a blend of Coverdale and Dio (R.I.P). He was brought up on the classics - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Whitesnake and loved melodic rock and the Hair Bands of the 80's. (Nowadays, he has progressed a little and prefers a more technical and/or progressive metal - Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, Spock's Beard. He hates Black and Death Metal (can't stand the grunting) but for some unknown reason loves the magnificent Opeth! He wont stop this blog until his beloved FM finally play the likes of the NEC as a headlining act!!!
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Eden Lost - Breaking The Silence Album Review
Eden Lost is a Spanish hard rock band that have been plying their trade since the late 90's. Not exactly the hottest of hot beds for rock & metal, Madrid finally took notice when they won the "1st Cover Versions Contest"?!
A four song demo followed, before they produced their debut cd "Road of Desire" for acclaimed German melodic rock label, AOR Heaven. In the following years Eden Lost has shaded the stage with many melodic rock luminaries such as Mitch Malloy, Tyketto, TNT, Michael Bormann, 91 Suite, 'Pointy' Bob Catley, and many others
A mere seven years later comes the 'dreaded second album syndrome', aptly named ‘Breaking the Silence’. In terms of most bands, seven years is a hell of a long wait for an album, in which time I suspect you pretty much have to start again as fans will easily have forgot, and even moved onto other music and artists.
In today’s climate which is, let’s face it, oversaturrated in rock bands, even AOR/Melodic rock bands, considering it has never been the most successful genre over the last 30 years, but it is a Genre I dearly love.
Eden Lost have recruited 2 guest contributing solos to Breaking The Silence, Gorge Salán on the opener ‘Starting Again’, and Jaime De la Aldea on ‘Sun Keeps Shining’. ‘Starting Again’ is a song with a lot of promise, twin guitar attack, decent melody, good thunderous drum sound and with a polished production to boot. Vocalist Ignacio Prieto handles vocal duties well enough, but I want a little more range. That aside I would be much happier seeing (and hearing) them play live.
‘Gotta Be Together’ and ‘Breaking The Silence’ are both decent enough tracks, but I’m wondering if they have the quality to make a difference in this packed genre. On first listen, nothing really grabbed me by the nuts, but there is an improvement the longer I live with it.
With almost every AOR album, comes a ballad, and we have one here in Hard To Believe, and is probably the best on the album so far as the vocals work well and aren’t being pushed. ‘Ready To Rock’ is an all out 80s feel. Decent riff, decent melody!
‘March The 11th’ (or 11-M to the Spanish) is a song about the dreadful Madrid train bombing in which 191 people lost their lives. The lyrics don’t hold back their feelings on the subject, " Such empty minded crazy fools, following sick minded leaders"
‘Locked In Your Heart’ sees Eden Lost trying to emulate a Whitesnake-esque style 'Is This Love'. They partially succeed otherwise I wouldn’t have made the reference, but it falls short after the intro.
It’s hard enough to get your music out there, and Eden Lost have the substance of songs to attract an audience, but whether or not its an international audience remains to be seen . Musically it’s decent enough, but it just seems as if they are missing that final spark to make a real difference.
Eden Lost Are -
Ignacio Prieto - Vocals
Javier Nieto - Guitar
Jesus Laso - Guitar
Santi Hernandez - Bass
Javier Gallego - Keys
Jorge De La Cuerda - Drums
Gotta Be Together
Breaking The Silence
Hard To Believe
Ready To Rock
March The 11th
Locked In Your Heart
No More Sorrows
Sun Keeps Shining
Times Are Changing
Buy the album here - http://www.nehrecords.com/SHOP/EdenBreaking.htm