Gods Of Eden Album Review

Currently Australia’s metal scene is as vibrant as it has never been before. Especially in the more technical and progressive subgenres there is a myriad of bands old and new. One of the finest examples is Sydney’s Gods Of Eden. The five-piece was founded in 2010. The release of their debut EP in 2012 was followed with lots of sold out shows around the country and earned the band shows overseas with the highlight being an appearance at R.U.D.E. festival in Germany in 2013. Now the band has taken the next step and released their full-length debut album ‘From The End Of Heaven’.

Gods Of Eden’s musical style is hard to describe and even harder to categorise which is a good thing for band as it keeps their music somewhat mysterious and appeals to a wide range of fans from different genres. They describe their music as ‘technical, progressive metal’. I suppose that the description ‘progressive’ these days is used for metal that cannot be really categorised. And this is what Gods Of Eden’s music is.

The eight songs on the album are full of different flavours, citing many genres in- and outside of metal. So what do we have here? Let’s start with the references to metal subgenres. Clean and harsh vocals are used on the album. Whereas the clean vocals sound like power metal, the harsh vocals range from a catchy metalcore style to darker and deeper growls in a somewhat death metal style and include shrieking screams here and there for good measure. The main body of the guitar work reaches from Dragonforce-style supersonic guitar melodies to elaborate death metal riffing combined with groovy metalcore parts. Add in some little nuances like blackish sounding riffs and short twin-axe 80s metal action and you already have quite a mixture to take in. But Gods Of Eden don’t stop here. The whole album is dotted with Middle Eastern-melodies and the occasional venture into Flamenco.

Did I confuse you? That all sounds like a hell of a lot to take in. And it is. However, this combination of countless genres is what makes this album an outstanding piece of art and Gods Of Eden one of the premier bands to watch in the future. The band is more than capable of blending all these features into a texture that flows naturally through the 41 minutes of the record. The listener is always kept on her or his toes, never really sure what to expect next. The technical prowess of the five band members provides the fabric and texture for dipping in and out of different styles and innumerable tempo changes that are never abrupt but always skilfully crafted to flow.

The conclusion is that Gods Of Eden’s debut album is a masterpiece of metal art. What sets them apart from a lot of other bands that are equally skilled musicians is that they take their listeners on a journey throughout the album, never leaving them behind but always developing the tracks from one atmosphere to the next.

9 of 10

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