Eden A.D. - Cycles Of Relevance review

Band: Eden A.D.
Album: Cycles Of Relevance
Release date: January 2008

01. Cycle
02. Icarus Factor
03. Murder Ballad
04. Awaken
05. Lost Eden Chapter
06. Glass Eye Perception
07. Concrete Squire
08. Last Eden Chapter
09. Relevance

Eden AD hail from New York City, USA and rose from the ashes of Decay Of Silence. The two guitarist of that band, Julius Freire and Leo Mattei, decided they wanted to continue in a new direction and after they found musicians with the same vision Eden AD was born. They got together and released the "Lost Eden Chapter" EP all on their own, which got them a label deal with Spare Change Records and 2008 sees the release of their début album "Cycles Of Relevance".

"Cycle Of Relevance" offers a hybrid of Melodic Death metal and Metalcore, with a very clean and transparent vibe to it. At first that made me very suspicious, as I am a black/drone/doom underground fan for life, but after a couple of obligatory spins I got more into their music.

What we have here is well-performed, clean sounding Melodic Death with both Death grunts and Metalcore screams. The metalcore screams don't do it for me, but they do sound intense. The riffs are fairly catchy, and though the guitars are not overly distorted they bring a fair bit of dissonance in the more chaotic parts. Both the drums and the bass are very present in the mix, but never annoyingly so. Another thing that caught me off-guard was the addition of symphonics. Only scarcely used, but still bringing some variety on the table.

In the end it's hard to wrap all thoughts up in a conclusion, but it should look something like this. Eden AD are a bunch good musicians and they know what they are doing. Their songs are written by a focused mind and they perform it tight. Everything is perfectly audible and some songs contain a nice twist. For a fan of the genre, that seems more than enough to me.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Written on 12.08.2008 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.

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