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EDEN'S CURSE, Leeds O2 Academy, 22 July 2011
the 'Second Coming'. This gig has been a long time coming. Building on
the success of that last album, 'Trinity' has been universally
trumpeted. There is no doubt that in another time, another place, EC
would be huge.
of big label promotion power and tour support is a real bummer these days for bands who
ordinarily would scorch all earth before them. The multi-national nature
of this beast too is also a blessing...and a curse. It makes more
spontaneous gig decisions and strategy difficult as band members jet in
from America and Europe.
these Facebook-addled times to really succeed a band needs to be
touring, fuelling the grass roots following as much as fine tuning the
saw Eden's Curse in 2009 when they supported Alestorm after an
appearance at Bloodstock so it was with a sense of relief that they
announced a support slot with their heroes Dream Theater and album
collaborator James LaBrie. And previously too the cramped stages and
shot sound systems never did the band justice. This is a band who major
on ice-cutting metal riffs and harmonies that need to be heard clearly.
with the album title track, the band managed to shoehorn in a sprinkling
of the new and previous album in a criminally short set. But the
showstopper had to be that LaBrie vocal share 'No Holy Man'. No, he
didn't join them on stage but – frankly – he didn't have to. Keyboard
ace Alle Del Vecchio handled his parts well (ooh, er). And he
repeated the trick when he touched Pamela Moore's parts on 'Angels And
setlist was always going to be a tough call with now three strong albums
to choose from and whilst I would perhaps query the inclusion of 'Fly
Away' (where was 'Saints Of Tomorrow'?) 'Jerusalem Sleeps' was
definitely a bold move given time constraints and a need to win over new
fans. And maybe without Michael Eden's autobiographical banter about
watching Dream Theater on MTV they could have slipped in another one
whilst the main band weren't looking.
band were on a bigger stage and all the better for it. It is just a
shame that sheer economics prevents a more extensive tour and the onward
march of this great band.
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