SHADOWS OF EDEN Dance Of The Gypsies (2006)
Proper prog metal! Just the way it was designed to be. Shadows of Eden have just released their new album "Dance of the Gypsies", the the first half of a melancholic tale of love, hate, lust and revenge, with guitar solos!
They also have a doom influenced heaviness to their music which helps it stand out from the extremely long queue of prog metal bands with a little twist of St Vitus, Sabbath and Iced Earth thrown into the mix. Telling the tale of an unfortunate young man named Edward who succumbs to temptation and ends up being cursed by a band of gypsy sorcerers - hasn;t it happened to us all? You cross one gypsy sorcerer and the next thing there's hexes, hags and curses coming your way. But you go messing about with gypsy virgins and you deserve all you get!
Across 4 tracks and 23 minutes the story wends its way through interesting storytelling, decent musical performances and enough tempo changes to keep an old Iron Maiden fan very happy. It's largely mid-tempo stuff and the production is a bit muted, but this is a self released effort, and the music and potential makes it one worth listening to.
For a copy of "Dance of The Gypsies" send a money order for $6.00 plus S&H $1.50 U.S. $2.50 World to DBSM Music c/o Shadows of Eden P.O. Box 526 Gassville, AR 72635 USA. If you wish to order online with a credit or debit card go to their website and you can paypal.
Review by Stuart A. Hamilton