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Also Eden are a 5-piece South-West UK progressive rock band comprising vocals, keyboards, guitars, bass and drums.

Influenced by traditional progressive rock music such as Genesis and Yes along with the more modern progressive sounds of Porcupine Tree and the Flower Kings, the band was initially formed as a recording project in 2005 by Huw Lloyd-Jones (vocals) and Ian Hodson (keyboards/vocals).

With the addition of Simon Rogers (guitars/vocals), Ralvin Thomas (bass) and Mark Hall (drums), the band sound began to take evolve, culminating in the 2006 release "About Time". About Time has since received many favourable reviews, and the band's live appearances helped win new audiences both in the UK and on the Continent following live performances at Summers End Festival 2005 and 2006, and ProgFarm (Bakeveen, Holland) in 2006.

The band underwent some personnel changes due to personal and work commitments in 2007, and recruited Steve Byrne (drums) and Steve Dunn (bass/vocals). This line-up performed at Summer's End, Progfarm and ProckFest (Bunde, Germany) and these performances have enhanced Also Eden's profile to a new audience. Also Eden have since parted with Steve Byrne, but are busy writing and recording their second album (due for release in March 2008) and are very excited by the new sound and change of direction" and the prospect of live work in 2008.

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3.64 | 38 ratings
About Time
2006
3.60 | 39 ratings
It's kind of you to ask
2008
3.69 | 36 ratings
Think Of The Children!
2011
4.00 | 68 ratings
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2013

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3.11 | 9 ratings
Differences As Light
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Distortion Field / Bleak Midwinter
2010

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4.00 | 68 ratings

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Also Eden Neo-Prog

Review by toilet_doctor

5 stars They call it Neo. "I don't know what they're talking about, but count me in."

This is the case, when each song topped the previous one, while the very first one already was great. I don't know, who is responsible for the music, but songwriting is excellent, so is musicianship, add to it passionate vocal throughout and original sound - Melodic Symphonic with a modern twist. I was listening the album in my car, came home, my wife already called me - where I am, but I couldn't stop playing to the very end.

I hate conspiracy theory, but what it is - it is: for a last few years most prog bands silently agreed to suck all my money out. However, I don't mad at them - just give me more albums like this one. 5 Stars from Eden.

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4.00 | 68 ratings

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Also Eden Neo-Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars I took the plunge with Also Eden, titillated as I was by a few reviews from some cherished colleagues, a leap of faith often rewarded with jubilation and excitement. Boy, was I in for a large surprise, as it's a much sharper edge than I was expecting, vocalist Rich Harding in particular sounds a lot like Geddy Lee and guitarist extraordinaire Simon Rogers really scorches and shreds. In my mind, this is heavier modern neo-prog, perhaps closer to Crystal Palace, Deeexpus, Riverside and Haken, bands that follow the prog philosophy but also understand the need to ROCK. Nothing wrong with that, we all need to let the juices flow from time to time. The pugnacious rhythm section is particularly active and threatening, Graham Lane doing some magic stuff on his booming bass guitar while drummer Lee Nicholas kicks tight hard butt. There is a glistening sonic veneer that is instantly appealing, catching one almost off guard upon first listen, a trait that implies quality and creativity.

The growling guitar supplies the first raised eyebrow, as Rogers does a Jeff Lynne wink (the track "Dreaming 4000" off ELO's On the Third Day) , kicking this one hard and nasty, setting down a tone of metallic angst that will not dissipate throughout the disc. This hefty opener also offers various contrasts, ambient waves, softer expanses blended into the steamroller main menu.

A hushed "Endless Silence" suggests echoed sounds from a distorted keyboard, tick-tock fuzzed percussion, while Harding opts for the whispered, nearly comatose voice approach, a recipe for classic progressive exploration. Simon enters with a brief, radiant and fuzzy solo, very experimental and somewhat schizoid that segues into its companion piece "Distortion Field", a bold, in-your-face neo-prog rocker, closer in method to Arena, Galahad, Pallas and IQ. Sinclair shuffles among various components of his keyboard arsenal, letting Rogers rage on his Gibson Les Paul with obvious energy.

A "Maggot Brain"?like guitar spot intro on "A Lonely Idea", screwing psychedelic insanity onto a chugging electronic beat is how this piece evolves into an all-together completely alternate universe, muted voice in recognizable anguish, a heartless riff coming clean and vaulting this sucker into Geddy Lee helium-voiced territory , inhabited by clicks, clangs and slick imagery. Nothing predictable, even though this genre can be quite formulaic when in neutral. Also Eden have their own sound, of that there is no doubt! Harding really gives a worthy vocal performance, letting his soul inhabit the lyrics.

The high point is reached with the surreal mastodon "Chronologic", a sweeping and pulsating tune that has brash modern-isms (actually almost recalling recent Ultravox), Harding doing his best Midge Ure impersonation , it's a pretty amazing sound! Lane rattles nicely in the basement, bashing heads with the mad drummer. The mid-section is a splendid respite from all the effervescent aggression, a podium for some slick meanderings that are 'oh so cool', the nasty Rogers axe rasping and cajoling briskly. The resultant solo is acidic, liquid rage along the fret board, but short and to the point. Harding has now evolved towards a more conventional metal howler.

The dreamy "The Test" shuffles into breezier territory, fueled by an almost country-style slide guitar that gives the piece a little accessibility. Harding swoons 'melting in the rain' as if he meant it, full of abnegation and despair.

Back to some bombast and energy, and perhaps my favorite track here, the deadly "Extend & Embrace" , a brooding nightmare song where Harding does his best Fish/Stu Nicholson imitation. Lane's bass pushes, Nicholas drums along and Rogers manipulates his fret board with liquid simplicity. Great track!

"Decoded" is the final chapter, acoustic guitar intro entices an early Genesis-like mood, Harding singing about some 'soft machine' , a real professional prog solo from Rogers seals the deal, a fitting end to an enjoyable album, certainly nowhere near masterpiece stage but a fine release nevertheless.

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 Differences As Light by ALSO EDEN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
3.11 | 9 ratings

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Also Eden Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Despite being a modern Prog band on the rise, Also Eden continued to struggle to find a stable crew to move on.In 2009 Tim Coleman ended his short stint with the group and the same year the band had to part ways with the excellent voice of Huw Lloyd-Jones, leaving Ian Hodson as the only original founder of Also Eden.Dave Roelofs jumped behind the drum kit and Rich Harding was the new vocalist.In order to present the new members to the public three new compositions were written and released in 2009 through the mini-CD ''Differences as light''.

New singer Rich Harding had a rougher and less sensitive voice as heard in the opening piece ''Seeing red''.This belongs among the very good tracks written by the group, absolutely suitable to the voice of Harding: bombastic, dramatic Neo Prog, featuring heavier guitar moves ala ARENA and background orchestral keyboards in the vein of IQ, passing through different segments with changing moods and characterized by impressive songwriting skills.With the following ''Oud en nieuw'' (means ''Old and new'' in Dutch) Harding will have the chance to display his more emotional side.A low-tempo ballad-like piece, delivered mostly on piano and acoustic guitars with a surprising string section towards the end.The three-part closing ''Reality cheque'' is a typical Neo Prog piece, kicking off with some smooth guitar playing and Harding's balanced singing lines before developing into a heavier monster with keyboard effects and hard-edged guitars and finally evolving in an ambiental mood with Harding leading the track to a beautiful guitar solo by Simon Rogers, supported by Hodson's playful synthesizers, much in an early MARILLION style.

A decent presentation for the new cast of Also Eden, containing two very nice cuts and one trully excellent piece.Recommended, even if it shouldn't actually belong among the top priorities of a Prog fan.

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4.00 | 68 ratings

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Also Eden Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars This is the fourth studio album from South-Western neo-proggers Also Eden, but although I am sure that I heard the debut when it came out in 2006 I have somehow missed these guys through the years, and I can see that on the basis of this I am going to have to undertake some searching as this is superb from start to finish. I know that they have been through some line-up changes over the years, but as I am treating these as basically a new band I can't comment on what impact that may have had on their overall sound, all I know is that I like this. A lot. Rich Harding's vocals reminds me of a lower version of Galahad's Stu Nicholson, with the same quality and melody yet with the edge at times of Credo's Mark Colton. Certainly on a musical front there are similarities with the aforementioned Credo as well as IQ, but although I mention these just to give some sort of idea of the sound these guys are very much their own band.

I have often thought that some progheads look down on the 'neo-prog' genre, and some of the bands themselves hate being called that, but to me this album epitomizes all of the best from the Nineties when I and many others (but not enough, let's be honest) traipsed around from Walthamstow to Whitchurch and all points in between as we tried to support the progressive underground. It brings back the memories of hearing Winter for the first time when I was the only person in the audience (Red Lion Brentford ' sadly missed, but never forgotten), or jumping around to the madness of Grace or the metallic monsters that were Mentaur and Freewill. Harmony vocals, great riffs and hooks, keyboards and a rhythm section all joined together, who could wish for more? This is progressive rock that brings a smile to the face of the listener and the desire to get up and move, as they remember that the second word of the genre is indeed 'rock', something that often gets overlooked. Sheer fun from start to end, here is a band I need to hear more of. www.f2music.co.uk

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4.00 | 68 ratings

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Review by PF75

5 stars First things first, I was sure that I had already written my review for this album so here goes again. Although I was aware of Also Eden and had heard quite a few tracks from their albums, this was the first time that I was fortunate enough to be able to listen to a complete album from start to finish. The first thing that strikes you is the quality of recording and the excellent musicianship of the guys. The vocals are really clear and concise and I love the style of singing. It's not like many others in Prog who tend to try and sing like Gabriel or Fish. Rather than go through each track and give a view, I'd prefer to use the whole album as the basis for people going out and making this purchase. Each track on the album is excellent and a worthy part of any Prog fans collection. It's a definite 4 1/2 stars for me or 9 out of 10 if you prefer. Do yourself a favour and listen to this album, you'll be suitably impressed.

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Review by mitchgo

5 stars It's a crime how under-the-radar UK's Also Eden have been for years. Yeah, there are a ton of excellent modern prog bands, but AE have deserved a place next to the most buzzed-about bands since their excellent 2006 debut ABOUT TIME. And while they've undergone lineup changes over the years, the band seems (mostly) stable since 2011's THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

On paper, you can hear AE's influences..a little Genesis, a little Marillion, a little Radiohead. On disc though, one of AE's charms is their unique sound, and while you can spot the precedents if you try, they never fall into purely derivative territory. (Only on CHILDREN's "The Greater Game" do they sound overtly like Fish-era Marillion, and I've always thought it was more hommage than anything else.) Their previous three albums are all superb, especially CHILDREN, but on (REDACTED) AE have reached a new pinnacle of modern progressive art.

Yeah, it's a concept album. And yes, you may have heard it revisits a surprisingly familiar prog-rock concept, namely the aftermath of a devastating traffic accident. But while both Dream Theater and Spock's Beard have used this conceit to convey a sense of fear and dread (with mixed results), (REDACTED) instead gives us a meditation on life and survival that is positively Zen in its organic approach. Like the best prog, it spools out slowly over the course of its 8 tracks, often building tension and heft through the layering of clever and surprising instrumental tracks. Also like the best prog, the album reveals itself only through repeated listens, and sounds fantastic on a good pair of headphones. The mix is incredible...you get wide soundstage like a good Floyd album, but there's also a gorgeous depth....Rich Harding's classicist prog vocals sail cleanly about a spacious pillow of sound, buffeted by layers of guitars and keys. Listen closely and you hear things you won't expect...like C&W-influenced slide guitars, or the bits that sound like one guitar figure magically expanding into multiple tracks right before your ears. Simon Rogers outdoes himself with axe work that always supports the songs and creates context and often soars melodically, but never crosses the line into wankery.

I could single out a song or two but the album functions as a whole and should be heard that way. The concept and some of the other clever conceits (like the song titles) enhance the work but aren't necessary to enjoyment. (In fact i fell in love with the album several spins before reading about the story behind it.) If you like your modern prog organic and lush, melodic and moving, with a lot of sonic detail that requires more than just a casual spin but real attention on your part to uncover. (REDACTED) is a must-hear. If you're already a fan of AE you will love this record. If you're not, you will be after experiencing (REDACTED).

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 About Time by ALSO EDEN album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.64 | 38 ratings

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Also Eden Neo-Prog

Review by Aragon

2 stars Also Eden release 3 album in their career, and i decided to buy the first of 3 reading the outstanding review here; but I was a bit disappointed. The band deliver a good neoprog, sometime close to borderline of AOR with nice vocals and average interlude between guitars and keys, but lacks in memorable moments. The music tends to be boring after some listen, the riff of guitars and keys are predictable and to me seems like I've already hear in other bands. Maybe the best tracks is the 2nd one, very dreamy at begin, after 5 minutes the sound is ruined by a metal guitar in Arena style, but fortunately this ugly part fade out after 2 minutes, where start a mellow parts, with a nice guitar solo in Steve Rothery vein, and after this start a fast minimoog solos really outstunning. The other tracks aren't so emotional or catchy, so I rate 2,5, rounded to 3.

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 About Time by ALSO EDEN album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.64 | 38 ratings

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Also Eden Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Also Eden's debut album presents an energetic and boisterous style of neo-prog reminiscent of a more forceful version of Arena's style from their first three albums (and of course there's a heavy sniff of early Marillion about proceedings). What the band lose in originality, they more than make up for in enthusiasm, with their high-energy playing and carefully judged compositions winning me over. They are far from being a lazy Marillion clone - vocalist Huw Lloyd-Jones, in particular, sings in his own distinctive (and really quite good) style as opposed to impersonating Fish - but they are quite clearly rooted in the classic neo-prog sound of the early 1980s, but fans of that particular style will hear a lot that they like here.

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 It's kind of you to ask by ALSO EDEN album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.60 | 39 ratings

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Also Eden Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars ''About time'' opened the doors for Also Eden to become more famous and during 2007 the band had a pretty heavy schedule full of live gigs.During the lives the band even promoted material headed for their next release.However they were struck by the departure of Mark Hall and Ralvin Thomas the same year.Mark was replaced by Steve Byrne for these gigs and a more stable line-up was established later with Steve Dunn on bass and Tim Colemann on drums.The new five-piece formation recorded ''It's Kind of You to Ask'' in 2008, yet another private release by the band.

The familiar Also Eden style has not changed a bit for this album and the band offers seven mostly long compositions full of intricate lyrical performances but also plenty of space for instrumental mannerisms.The nice combination of Lloyd-Jones' brilliant voice surrounded by rich and harmonic music soundscapes is again Also Eden's highlight, giving the band a much- needed exposure among the modern Neo Prog bands.The compositions are warm, delicate, always with a tendency towards accesible melodies and a very sensitive atmosphere but filled often with strong instrumental workouts, characterized by the great guitar moves, the spacey synth layers and the organ heaviness.This time the sound is a bit more focused with the band alternating between atmospheric 70's FLOYD-ian textures and more contemporary British stylings along the lines of second-era PALLAS and MARILLION both in the guitar and keyboard parts.Especially ''A window's eye'' contains all these fine elements, compressed in 13 minutes of fascinating musicianship.

Once more some very good material by this talented UK act.Well-crafted and polished musicianship, which however still lacks for this break-through mindblowing composition which will make the band a really stunning name.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 About Time by ALSO EDEN album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.64 | 38 ratings

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Also Eden Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars OOOhhhh!!! I love this record! For a 80īs neo prog freak like me, this is simply prog heaven! Also Edenīs debut was a big surprise for me. Although this album was released in 2006, it has all the elements that made neo prog so distinctive in that decade: dramatic vocals, lush (but not overwhelming) keyboards, Gilmour/Hackett-like guitars and, most of all, an excellent bunch of songs to boot. Those guys really love what they do and their performances are full of passion and conviction. It almost makes you forget that they are not that original.

If Huw Lloyd-Jones voice was not so particular, Iīd believe this was Marillion reincarnated. The style is very much the same, with hints of old Genesis, IQ and Pallas all over it. And still their songwriting skills are so good it gives them a personal touch that make them stand out from so many Marillion copycats. the top notch, modern production also helps a lot here too (something almost all 80īs acts lacked, at least in the beginning). There are no fillers and all the songs are very strong, well crafted, grealy performed and the arrangements are tasteful. But the pinnacle of this CD is the last track, the very powerful Children Of the Night. Itīs the kind of song that, once finished, it leaves a you with a desire for more of it. Lloyd-Jones is a very good singer that has a extremely good delivering of the words. The band is great too, and they are very much team players, with every musician taking his turn without getting in the way of the other. The result is a very tigh, flowing sound that makes you think the CDīs only flaw is its short time (49 minutes).

Not much more to say about it. If youīre into neo prog this is a must have. If you like prog music in general and donīt mind much for originality, but do care for tastefulness and emotion, this is a good choice too. Personally , Iīd give this album a 5 star rating without hesitation. However, as a reviewer om PA I donīt quite think this is really a masterpiece of prog music. So I guess 4 stars is more fitting here. Excellent addition to any prog music collection. Warning: highly addictive!

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