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EDEN'S CURSE Deliver 5th Album 'Cardinal' October 14

 

Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden's Curse will release their fifth studio album 'Cardinal' via German Metal label AFM Records on October 14th, 2016.

Produced by Paul Logue and Thorsten Koehne, 'Cardinal' contains 12 songs with all of the usual Eden's Curse trademark melodies, hooks and riffs.

Written mainly by the band's long established writing team of bassist and founding member Paul Logue, virtuoso guitarist Thorsten Koehne and former drummer Pete Newdeck (Tainted Nation), what is immediately apparent about 'Cardinal' is that it showcases some of the group's melodic yet heaviest and most progressive moments to date.

"We took two years to write this album, because ‘Symphony Of Sin’ was such a successful album for us. We like to do things properly in this band and explore every possible opportunity to make each moment of every song the very best that it can be. We are not the type of band to just churn out songs with next to no quality control - we scrutinize every riff, lick, hook, melody, lyric and ask - can we do it better? This has been a long, hard and collaborative process that has not only produced some of the best songs we have ever written but some of the best collective performances on any Eden's Curse album to date" enthuses bassist Paul Logue.

Guitarist Thorsten Koehne added "We are known as Eden's Curse for writing some good hooks, so we can always come up with that, but one thing we wanted to do on this album was bring out the technical side of the band a little more as well as make it heavier".

'Cardinal' is the first studio album to feature drummer John Clelland (Code Of Silence), who appeared on 2015's 'Live With The Curse' double live release, and new Finnish keyboard player Christian 'Chrism' Pulkkinen (Simulacrum, Adamantra)

Opener 'Prophets Of Doom' hurtles out of the speakers with its double bass attack and strong riffing, wrapped around some huge vocal hooks and multi-layered keyboards - it's a signal of intent!

Followed hot on its heels is lead single 'Sell Your Soul' - an uplifting, upbeat and extremely catchy song featuring some wonderful guitar/synth interplay between Koehne and Chrism again topped off by the fabulous voice of Nikola Mijic.

The sensational near 7 minute epic progressive ballad 'Find My Way' is, simply put, one of the finest songs Eden's Curse has ever written. With it's sonic layers and huge dynamic landscapes, it’s candy for the ears on this passionate and epic track - that simply has everything! From Mijic's heartfelt vocals, Chrism's subtle piano and overblown keyboards, Logue and Clelland's thunderous rhythms, Koehne's razor sharp guitars, a wall of orchestral strings to its anthemic soar-away chorus - this song is a real tour de force!

'Unconditional' is a stunning radio friendly track featuring a duet between Mijic and former Leaves' Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine. "It's not a ballad, per se, as it rocks out in places, but it's a song very much in the same vein as 'Unbreakable', with its pop sensibilities, style and melodies. It could arguably be the most commercial sounding track we've ever written! The contrast between Liv and Nikola's voices works so well and adds a real personal touch to what is essentially a love song" declares Logue.

Liv Kristine comments "It was such a pleasure and honor working with Eden's Curse. I love this track - it's like the freshness of a sunny, really early Saturday morning. It's powerful, highly interesting and passionate. Nikola's voice is outstanding and gripping - a superb duet partner! I hope we get the chance to perform 'Unconditional' live some day".

 

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Closing 'Cardinal' is the album’s second epic track, the near 8 minute 'Jericho', based on the biblical tale of the Battle of Jericho. A real story both lyrically and musically, it is quintessential Eden's Curse and surely destined to become a live fan favourite. "It has everything including the kitchen sink in it! I really wanted to write a long epic tune that has lots of dynamics, musically and lyrically, and could take the listener on a journey into the heartlands of the desert. This song was really great fun to write, together with Thorsten, especially the long instrumental section in the middle. I think this will be great fun to play live! It sounds like our songs 'No Holy Man' and 'Jerusalem Sleeps' marry, have a baby and name him 'Jericho'" remarks Logue.

'Cardinal' is once again superbly mixed by the band’s long time engineer Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69, Krokus, Angra) with the artwork designed by another established collaborator in graphic artist Thomas Ewerhard (Edguy, Avantasia, Jorn Lande, James Labrie, MasterPlan). It is presented in a stunning triple gatefold digipak offering.

"Each Eden's Curse album has its own unique identity and 'Cardinal' is no different. Besides the old guard of Thorsten and I, the newer guys like John and Chrism have added so much to the sound. John's accurate and tasteful drumming is a real highlight on the record and Chrism could very well be the best keyboard player we have ever had. Great sounds, ideas and the interplay with Thorsten is at times breathtaking! Nikola continues to go from strength to strength as the band’s singer and proves to be a real find for us vocally and as a person. Plus the bass and the songs aren’t so bad either" laughs Logue. "The record has some absolute classics that will waltz into our live set with consummate ease. We are extremely proud of what is our biggest production to date. We love it and know our fans will too" he further adds.

Tracklisting:

01. Prophets Of Doom
02. Sell Your Soul
03. The Great Pretender
04. Messiah Complex
05. Find My Way
06. Kingdom Of Solitude
07. Utopian Dreams
08. This Is Our Moment
09. Rome's On Fire
10. Unconditional (Featuring Liv Kristine)
11. Saints & Sinners
12. Jericho

 

Bonus Video Clip:

Sell Your Soul

 

Pre Order Links:

CD Pre-order: http://goo.gl/lFH39F
CD + T-Shirt Bundle Pre-order: http://goo.gl/Kv0vPp

 

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Eden's Curse will kick off their World Tour in support of 'Cardinal' in the UK during November:

21 NOV - The Cathouse, Glasgow
22 NOV - Academy 3, Manchester
23 NOV - Corporation, Sheffield
24 NOV - The Asylum, Birmingham
25 NOV - The Scene, Swansea
26 NOV - Waterfront Studio, Norwich
27 NOV - The Underworld, London

Plus special guests: C.O.P. UK & Evolve

Tickets are available now from www.edenscurse.com

For more information or to follow the band visit:

http://www.edenscurse.com
http://www.facebook.com/edenscurseofficial
http://twitter.com/edenscurse

 

And here is the new single and video "Sell Your Soul"

 

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EDEN'S CURSE Deliver 5th Album 'Cardinal' October 14

 

Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden's Curse will release their fifth studio album 'Cardinal' via German Metal label AFM Records on October 14th, 2016.

 

Produced by Paul Logue and Thorsten Koehne, 'Cardinal' contains 12 songs with all of the usual Eden's Curse trademark melodies, hooks and riffs.

 

Written mainly by the band's long established writing team of bassist and founding member Paul Logue, virtuoso guitarist Thorsten Koehne and former drummer Pete Newdeck (Tainted Nation), what is immediately apparent about 'Cardinal' is that it showcases some of the group's melodic yet heaviest and most progressive moments to date.

 

"We took two years to write this album, because ‘Symphony Of Sin’ was such a successful album for us. We like to do things properly in this band and explore every possible opportunity to make each moment of every song the very best that it can be. We are not the type of band to just churn out songs with next to no quality control - we scrutinize every riff, lick, hook, melody, lyric and ask - can we do it better? This has been a long, hard and collaborative process that has not only produced some of the best songs we have ever written but some of the best collective performances on any Eden's Curse album to date" enthuses bassist Paul Logue.

 

Guitarist Thorsten Koehne added "We are known as Eden's Curse for writing some good hooks, so we can always come up with that, but one thing we wanted to do on this album was bring out the technical side of the band a little more as well as make it heavier".

 

'Cardinal' is the first studio album to feature drummer John Clelland (Code Of Silence), who appeared on 2015's 'Live With The Curse' double live release, and new Finnish keyboard player Christian 'Chrism' Pulkkinen (Simulacrum, Adamantra)

 

Opener 'Prophets Of Doom' hurtles out of the speakers with its double bass attack and strong riffing, wrapped around some huge vocal hooks and multi-layered keyboards - it's a signal of intent!

Followed hot on its heels is lead single 'Sell Your Soul' - an uplifting, upbeat and extremely catchy song featuring some wonderful guitar/synth interplay between Koehne and Chrism again topped off by the fabulous voice of Nikola Mijic.

 

The sensational near 7 minute epic progressive ballad 'Find My Way' is, simply put, one of the finest songs Eden's Curse has ever written. With it's sonic layers and huge dynamic landscapes, it’s candy for the ears on this passionate and epic track - that simply has everything! From Mijic's heartfelt vocals, Chrism's subtle piano and overblown keyboards, Logue and Clelland's thunderous rhythms, Koehne's razor sharp guitars, a wall of orchestral strings to its anthemic soar-away chorus - this song is a real tour de force!

 

'Unconditional' is a stunning radio friendly track featuring a duet between Mijic and former Leaves' Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine. "It's not a ballad, per se, as it rocks out in places, but it's a song very much in the same vein as 'Unbreakable', with its pop sensibilities, style and melodies. It could arguably be the most commercial sounding track we've ever written! The contrast between Liv and Nikola's voices works so well and adds a real personal touch to what is essentially a love song" declares Logue.

 

Liv Kristine comments "It was such a pleasure and honor working with Eden's Curse. I love this track - it's like the freshness of a sunny, really early Saturday morning. It's powerful, highly interesting and passionate. Nikola's voice is outstanding and gripping - a superb duet partner! I hope we get the chance to perform 'Unconditional' live some day".

 

bf3178af-ab63-4c84-bdb5-d3bb81250633.jpg

 

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Closing 'Cardinal' is the album’s second epic track, the near 8 minute 'Jericho', based on the biblical tale of the Battle of Jericho. A real story both lyrically and musically, it is quintessential Eden's Curse and surely destined to become a live fan favourite. "It has everything including the kitchen sink in it! I really wanted to write a long epic tune that has lots of dynamics, musically and lyrically, and could take the listener on a journey into the heartlands of the desert. This song was really great fun to write, together with Thorsten, especially the long instrumental section in the middle. I think this will be great fun to play live! It sounds like our songs 'No Holy Man' and 'Jerusalem Sleeps' marry, have a baby and name him 'Jericho'" remarks Logue.

 

'Cardinal' is once again superbly mixed by the band’s long time engineer Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69, Krokus, Angra) with the artwork designed by another established collaborator in graphic artist Thomas Ewerhard (Edguy, Avantasia, Jorn Lande, James Labrie, MasterPlan). It is presented in a stunning triple gatefold digipak offering.

 

"Each Eden's Curse album has its own unique identity and 'Cardinal' is no different. Besides the old guard of Thorsten and I, the newer guys like John and Chrism have added so much to the sound. John's accurate and tasteful drumming is a real highlight on the record and Chrism could very well be the best keyboard player we have ever had. Great sounds, ideas and the interplay with Thorsten is at times breathtaking! Nikola continues to go from strength to strength as the band’s singer and proves to be a real find for us vocally and as a person. Plus the bass and the songs aren’t so bad either" laughs Logue. "The record has some absolute classics that will waltz into our live set with consummate ease. We are extremely proud of what is our biggest production to date. We love it and know our fans will too" he further adds.

 

Tracklisting:

 

01. Prophets Of Doom

02. Sell Your Soul

03. The Great Pretender

04. Messiah Complex

05. Find My Way

06. Kingdom Of Solitude

07. Utopian Dreams

08. This Is Our Moment

09. Rome's On Fire

10. Unconditional (Featuring Liv Kristine)

11. Saints & Sinners

12. Jericho

 

Bonus Video Clip:

Sell Your Soul

 

Pre Order Links:

CD Pre-order: http://goo.gl/lFH39F

CD + T-Shirt Bundle Pre-order: http://goo.gl/Kv0vPp

 

6b66b89d-7895-4e03-983e-acedc84faf9d.jpg

 

Eden's Curse will kick off their World Tour in support of 'Cardinal' in the UK during November:

 

21 NOV - The Cathouse, Glasgow

22 NOV - Academy 3, Manchester

23 NOV - Corporation, Sheffield

24 NOV - The Asylum, Birmingham

25 NOV - The Scene, Swansea

26 NOV - Waterfront Studio, Norwich

27 NOV - The Underworld, London

Plus special guests: C.O.P. UK & Evolve

 

Tickets are available now from www.edenscurse.com

 

For more information or to follow the band visit:

 

http://www.edenscurse.com

http://www.facebook.com/edenscurseofficial

http://twitter.com/edenscurse

 

And here is the new single and video "Sell Your Soul"

 

I LIKE IT!

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Nice song.

 

Cover of the album is shite. Another contender with BJ & A&Ks

 

Yeah, good songs but I agree the album cover is shit, as is the video. The album cover looks so poorly done - like a CD cover made by some guy with a camera and a band that's rehearsed twice in the garage and he wants to show his friends their songs. It's dreadful stuff.

 

I do like this band much more, though, since Dweezel left, or whatever that guy's name was.

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Not much love for this disc in any best of lists I've seen.

 

I did find this to be their weakest disc by far.

 

Shame because Symphony Of Sin was great and the Eden discs like "Trinity" slayed!

 

Hope they come back next time with a killer metal disc and stop with the experimental hard rock stuff.

 

I like my Eden's Curse to be METAL.

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Not much love for this disc in any best of lists I've seen.

 

I did find this to be their weakest disc by far.

 

Shame because Symphony Of Sin was great and the Eden discs like "Trinity" slayed!

 

Hope they come back next time with a killer metal disc and stop with the experimental hard rock stuff.

 

I like my Eden's Curse to be METAL.

Symphony of Sin was very good and Trinity was by far the best Eden disc.

 

I still find the new singer a bit weak....i would never see them live again.

 

The last album didnt do much for me aside from a couple of excellent tunes.

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Not much love for this disc in any best of lists I've seen.

 

I did find this to be their weakest disc by far.

 

Shame because Symphony Of Sin was great and the Eden discs like "Trinity" slayed!

 

Hope they come back next time with a killer metal disc and stop with the experimental hard rock stuff.

 

I like my Eden's Curse to be METAL.

Symphony of Sin was very good and Trinity was by far the best Eden disc.

 

I still find the new singer a bit weak....i would never see them live again.

 

The last album didnt do much for me aside from a couple of excellent tunes.

 

 

Agree 100% man.

 

"Cardinal" was a colossal disappointment for me.

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Really weak album. Actually my least favourite from them so far, including the ones with the guy with the face on vocals. A couple of good songs, but some awful ones too.

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Page two. This album is awesome. The good songs are amazing.

 

Psych.

 

It's still a shit album and the best songs are good at best.

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