Header

EDENSONG

Eclectic Prog • United States


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Edensong picture
Edensong biography
In the fall of 2002, Edensong was founded by James Byron Schoen (guitar, vocals) and Matt Cozin (drums), at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. After jamming together, they joined forces with guitarist Ben Wigler, and old friend of James - with whom he had played in a band called Echoes of Eden. The three worked on new material, as well as old Echoes of Eden material, but after a short while Ben left the band.

James and Matt moved on and decided to develop 3 hour what they called 'surrealistic pseudo-rock-opera', involving a lot of the music they wrote earlier. They joined forces with some other musicians, Ian Carbone (bass), Aurora Maoz (flute), and Asa Sourdiffe (violin, keyboard). The initial performance in April 2003 motivated the band to go ona live tour, but the rehearsal schedule and antics involved in this "Beyond Eden" project was too much for Aurora and Asa, who were replace by Rachel Kiel (flute) and Mike Drucker (violin). After touring, this line up started working on the material that would eventually become the debut album "The Fruit Fallen". During the work, Arthur Sugen joined on piano and organ, and Ian Carbone was replaced by T.D. Towers on bass.
In 2005 and 2006 the band played an extensive list of live shows for a growing amount of followers, but in the spring 2006 the tensions of touring led to a complete band break up.
James Byron Schoen found himself alone, and focused again on getting the album done. All material recorded when the band was still together needed to be mixed, and remixed (with an occasional overdub). In October 2007 "The Fruit Fallen" was mastered by Bob Katz then released in the summer of 2008. The album provides an outtake of material developed throughout the various band line ups, and recorded before the band disbanded. After the release, James started working on getting together a new band to tour with and promote the material.

The music of Edensong is an interesting mixture of heavy and symphonic prog, progressive folk and even some RIO/Avant influences here and there. As one collaborator of ProgArchives put it after being introduced to the band: "Jethro Tull meets Dream Theater meets Yes. It's amazing-sounding stuff".

== bio based on information provided by James Byron Schoen, and an initial review by ProgArchives Collaborator p0mt3 ==

Edensong official website

EDENSONG MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

EDENSONG forum topics / tours, shows & news


EDENSONG forum topics Create a topic now
EDENSONG tours, shows & news Post an entries now

EDENSONG Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Show all EDENSONG videos (2) | Search and add more videos to EDENSONG

Buy EDENSONG Music


The Fruit FallenThe Fruit Fallen
CD BABY.COM/INDYS 2008
Audio CD$9.19
$8.03 (used)
Echoes of Edensong: From the Studio & StageEchoes of Edensong: From the Studio & Stage
CD Baby 2010
Audio CD$7.92
$13.68 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)


More places to buy EDENSONG music online Buy EDENSONG & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for EDENSONG DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

EDENSONG shows & tickets


EDENSONG has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

EDENSONG discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

EDENSONG top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.37 | 36 ratings
The Fruit Fallen
2008

EDENSONG Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

EDENSONG Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

EDENSONG Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.56 | 13 ratings
Echoes of Edensong
2010

EDENSONG Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

EDENSONG Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 The Fruit Fallen by EDENSONG album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.37 | 36 ratings

BUY
The Fruit Fallen
Edensong Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Edensong were formed by two students at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 2002, drummer Matt Cozin, and singer/guitarist James Schoen, soon to be joined by guitarist Ben Wigler.With the help of some additional musicians they performed the ambitious Rock Opera ''Beyond Eden'' the next year.After graduating from Wesleyan University, Schoen along with a semi-refreshed line-up focused on writing and recording material for Edensong's official debut, but tensions among the members led to the band's demise in 2006.Left alone, Schoen decided to add the final touches of an almost finished album, completing the mix and mastering of it with the help of engineer Bob Katz.''The Fruit Fallen'' was its title and it was eventually released independently in 2008.

Edensong drew influences from Classic 70's Prog as well as modern Heavy Prog and even Progressive Metal to offer an album full of changing atmospheres and soundscapes.Flutes play a dominant role in Edensong's music, reasonably recalling JETHRO TULL, while the violins and organ parts resemble to KANSAS' progressive years.These vintage inspirations are combined with plenty of acoustic parts and followed by more intense and heavier moments, featuring a really powerful rhythm section and very sharp guitars.The style contains a heavy dose of symphonic-inclined Progressive Rock with balanced Heavy Prog/Metal elements and atmospheric Acoustic Music with a folky flavor.However the material lacks consistency, despite having a very rich and irritating approach.The vocal parts are of an acquired taste, lacking an attractive color, while the blend of the styles sounds far from tight and rather abstract.Additionally the album suffers from the abscence of melodies tightly linked with its symphonic nature, while most of the tracks remain forgettable after several listenings.Even the last track, entitled ''The Reunion'', is considered as a 22-min. epic, but the truth is that these are two separate tracks split with a very long pause of silence, in a move that actually makes no sense.Ironically the music on ''The Reunion'' makes sense, being the two strongest pieces of ''The Fruit Fallen'', sounding tight, well-arranged with nice shifting moods, good interplays and a bit more memorable themes.

These kind of albums tend to be the hugest dissapointment.All the right components are here (varied instrumentation, balanced vocal and instrumental textures, technical sufficiency), but the final result sounds as a package of unrelated pieces...2.5 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Echoes of Edensong by EDENSONG album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2010
3.56 | 13 ratings

BUY
Echoes of Edensong
Edensong Eclectic Prog

Review by usa prog music

3 stars My first exposure to Edensong came in a flood of new material that was the Haiti Projekt. Released earlier this year, it contained 40 songs from 40 different bands and the proceeds were donated to help the people of Haiti after that tragic earthquake. As you can imagine, with that many songs by that many different bands, it was easy for many of them to sort of blur together for a number of listens. One of the immediate standouts, though, was an Edensong track called "Lorelai." Their name was instantly added to my "groups to check out" list. When I heard their latest release, Echoes of Edensong, I have to confess I was at first put off by how different the other five tracks on this almost-album/almost-EP were from "Lorelai," (which is also included on the release). Not that I expected them to all be the same, but the light touch of the orchestration in the very mellow, almost dream-like "Lorelai" makes the more hard-hitting nature of songs like "Beneath the Tide" and "To See but not Believe" sound like they were done by a totally different, but equally good band. But that's the great thing about this kind of music, isn't it?

The opener of the album is "Beneath the Tide," and after giving it a few listens to get used to its various arrangement quirks, I think it's an amazing tune. An album's worth of great musical ideas packed into ten minutes, and it all seems to work. "Beneath the Tide" and "Lorelai" make Echoes of Edensong a worthwhile investment on their own.

The third track, "To See But Not Believe" has some great moments, as well. The recording quality of this song is a bit sharper than the first two, but the vocals don't seem quite strong enough to be as loud as they are in the mix.

The remaining three tracks are live cuts?including a live version of the album opener? recorded at various festivals the band has played over the past few years. The recording quality isn't top notch, which is explained in the on-liner notes, but it's not bad at all. The tracks reveal that Edensong is a strong live act. (Random aside: I want credit for inventing the phrase "on-liner notes," which is when, instead of including credits with the album artwork, everything is put up on a website.) Again, I think the vocals aren't as strong as they could be, but the playing, for the most part, is spot on.

Echoes of Edensong is not only, as it is billed in the credits, a snack to tide-over existing fans until the next full release, but also it's a great introduction to the band. Definitely a rewarding listen.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 The Fruit Fallen by EDENSONG album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.37 | 36 ratings

BUY
The Fruit Fallen
Edensong Eclectic Prog

Review by usa prog music

3 stars While you're mesmerized by its binding, this melodic werewolf may get an opportunity to take a bite out of your hide. In other words, the slipcase is exquisite as it's a realistic-looking but ersatz book. Also clipped within its lip is aesthetically-pleasing liner notes laminated with a protective sheen. Not to mention, this Necronomicon of sound is stunning and precarious as soon as it's ajar.

Edensong has developed a style that brings many adjectives to mind: For starters, their sundry material is organic, orchestral, acoustic, accessible, gothic, and tetchy. It's as if they've combined Jethro Tull with Porcupine Tree. Like Aqualung, these cohesive pieces seem to tell a story while having a quality that lets them standalone. Like Fear of a Blank Planet, it'll make the hair on your neck stand to attention while encouraging your noggin to bob in tandem with riveting beats.

You wouldn't know it from listening to these worldly cuts but the band spends most of its time playing on North America's Eastern coast.

To that end, each song exhibits a range of elements that would be statistically out of character. "The Prayer", for example, borders on Pain of Salvation if you were to remove the violins and flutes. These sophisticated instruments make it extremely folksy in that Scandinavian sense. Alternatively, "Nocturne" is a roundabout take on Genesis if it were to intersect with Yes.

On the whole, the album has a high concentration of progressive pectin. From the peel to its core, enriching fibers contained within this fallen fruit make it hard to resist. And inline with that legendary aphorism involving Adam & Eve, ingesting this material will evolve countless listeners from troglodytes into human beings.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Echoes of Edensong by EDENSONG album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2010
3.56 | 13 ratings

BUY
Echoes of Edensong
Edensong Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars The US outfit EDENSONG started out as a band back in 2002, but by 2006 it had become the creative vehicle for musician and composer James Byron Schoen. Following the release of Edensong's debut effort "The Fruit Fallen", the band was back in action, however, and while crafting a new album's worth of material, they decided to provide their fans with a tidbit in 2010. Cue "Echoes of Edensong", sporting 15 minutes of new material, an official release for the hidden bonus track on their first CD and three live recordings, clocking it at just under an hour in length.

While I can't really see this hybrid album recruiting many new fans for Edensong, their existing fans will most likely find this production to be a nice acquisition while waiting for a sophomore effort. The live takes of their previous material are arguably the main points of interest, but ardent fans might want to get this due to the previously unreleased material anyhow.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Echoes of Edensong by EDENSONG album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2010
3.56 | 13 ratings

BUY
Echoes of Edensong
Edensong Eclectic Prog

Review by progleggs

5 stars I have waited to weigh in on this one for over a month because of the nature of this album. Billed as an EP, but with 60 minutes of music. "New" material that is NOT really new. Half studio, half live. What is it exactly?

It is what it is stated to be. An album built around a favorite old composition of the band from an earlier incarnation, designed to keep Edensong fans interested until an album of all new material appears, hopefully in the near future. Given this stated objective, the album is an overwhelming success. The album begins with the above-referenced song, "Beneath The Tide." This has been a staple of the live Edensong shows for years, but apparently no satisfactory recording of it had been made. Accordingly, this unfinished business was attended to. This song alone, is worth the price of the album. It seems to have everything one could want in a song, be it prog or not. Like the songs from "The Fruit Fallen," this one has intelligent lyrics and great composition. However, it has that special something that is not easily definable. It can get your toes tapping, your head bobbing and cause your flesh to be covered in goosebumps. It is, for lack of a better word, "exciting." Just when you think, it can't get any better, the 5th track is the live version of the same song from their first big show at the 3RP festival in Pittsburgh in August, 2009. As someone who was lucky enough to be there I love the way that this version ramps up the intensity, adds a little virtuosity, and lets James Byron Schoen do what he does best; serve up incredibly impassioned live vocals. I can still visualize the flautist, Barry Seroff, completely unable to keep his body from spastic gyrations as he let go with a flute solo that seemed perfectly suited for the piece and kept the incessantly cresciendoing final chapter soaring to its conclusion. The biggest dilemna becomes choosing whether the studio or live version is better. My advice; feast on both.

The second song "Lorelai" is a ballad which provides a great counterpoint to "Beneath The Tide." Melodic, ethereal, and haunting it stands on its own, as well as providing a bridge to the third song "To See But Not Believe." To me, the inclusion of this track was, initially, a puzzling choice because it also appeared on "The Fruit Fallen", as a hidden track. However, due to the fact that it was so well hidden on the first album that some listeners may not have even found it, the choice makes more sense. In any event, the song works perfectly here. It is a high energy piece which also displays the characteristic Edensong mood shifts. It also is a great transition from "Lorelai."

Next comes the live performances. First, a terrific version of the classic "Reunion," from Progday, also performed last year. This song meanders through the familiar territory of its studio counterpart, but with increased energy and the everpresent passionate live vocals. This recording demonstrates the ability of the band to deliver the goods in a live setting. After the live rendition of "Beneath The Tide," there is a short (hidden?) metal type intro that begs to be finished, but unfortunately is not. This leads into the album's finale, the powerful "Sixth Day." Although this live recording from the Terra Incognito festival in Quebec, is a little lacking in the engineering, the excitement of this song comes through loud and clear! This album is every bit, the incredible and unique sonic experience of "The Fruit Fallen," which I found to be a masterpiece. Accordingly, I must also give this one 5 stars. However, if the abovementioned quirks bother you, I can understand taking off 1/2 to a full star. They obviously don't bother me.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Echoes of Edensong by EDENSONG album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2010
3.56 | 13 ratings

BUY
Echoes of Edensong
Edensong Eclectic Prog

Review by Angelo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

3 stars Two years after their well received debut, which was largely a recording effort by James Byron Schoen with help of some guest musicians, Edensong is a full blown band again. Again, because they were a band under the name Echoes of Eden in the late '90s. That band was a trio, consisting of Schoen, Anthony Waldman and Benjamin Wigler. After a reunion on stage during 3RP in 2009, Waldman became the permanent drummer for Edensong, and an old Echoes of Eden track, Beneath the Tide was re-arranged and re-recorded by Edensong. The track is indeed a nice piece of progressive metal, in the vein of some of the tracks of The Fruit Fallen but with more metal influences, consisting of interleaving metal riff driven parts and more melodic (acoustic?) guitar parts. Toward the end, the metal riffs disappear for a while, in favour of a melodic piece that is carried by guitar and keyboards akin in sound to older Genesis material, with Barry Seroff's flute appearing as a nice contrast to the closing riff. The second track, Lorelai is a ballad, played on acoustic guitar and sung nicely. It might have fit better on a full concept album, now it gets a bit lost amongst the heavier tracks. It's a song with a good cause though, it was written to support the fundraising and support for victims of the Haitian earthquake in January 2010. After Lorelai, it's back to the more metal akin side of Edensong, with the complex, multi layered To See but not Believe. The potential of guitar, keyboard, vocals and the availability of flute is put to good use here. Here I have to mention that Mike Lunapiena is the cello player for Edensong, but it takes a while to spot his sound when listening to the album the first couple of times. After the three new tracks, we find well played live renditions of Beneath the Tide and the tracks Reunion and The Sixth Day from the band's debut. These three allow those who haven't seen the band live to enjoy the sounds of different line ups and additional guest musicians. It's good to know that the band can deliver on the promise of the debut album in a live show, and as with The Fruit Fallen, I keep waiting for the day the band does make the trip across the Atlantic. If not, I can only hope my vacation in Canada goes through next year and Edensong plays close to where I am then. As far as judgement of this album goes, it's nice to know the band is still there, and that new things are underway, but overall I think The Fruit Fallen will get more playing time than this one.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Echoes of Edensong by EDENSONG album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2010
3.56 | 13 ratings

BUY
Echoes of Edensong
Edensong Eclectic Prog

Review by horticulture52

5 stars OH-MY-GOD. This band has once again knocked my socks off. The first track, BENEATH THE TIDE is a masterpiece . I haven't heard a song this dense since THICK AS A BRICK or something from YES from the 70's. The layering, harmonies, and melodies will blow you away. A double bonus is that you get the live version of this track from the 3RP concert. Lorelai, the 2nd track, was written for the Haiti Projekt benefit and left me with chills the first time hearing it. The percussion and background vocals are breathtaking and haunting. Granted, half the album contains THE FRUIT FALLEN tracks, but they are never before released live tracks that sound as good or even better than their studio counterparts. Furthermore, TO SEE BUT NOT BELIEVE was a bonus track on the previous album, and now we have it as its own track! I can't emphasize how good this band is. It's really nice that they released something for their fans, because we've been dying since the release of THE FRUIT FALLEn. This compilation is a tasty appetizer and leaves us panting for more. I can't imagine how good the next album will be. i hope this band doesn't fall through like so many other bands in the industry. Disaster strikes so often when bands lose touch with their ingenuity and inspiration. This band is so good that I'll keep my faith in them. Don't let me down EDENSONG!!!!!!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 The Fruit Fallen by EDENSONG album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.37 | 36 ratings

BUY
The Fruit Fallen
Edensong Eclectic Prog

Review by Menswear
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

I really wished that Edensong would bring me a new perspective, a breath of fresh oxygen, but once again, the fruit is not falling far from the traditional new-school-of-prog.

Okay, a nice concept based on religious matter with okay lyrics, but it's just that the music never got my total attention. Here and there, crunchy guitars and violin, but I really wanted something more organic, with vintage keys and more flute. Seems to me that this concept could've used more digging, more intensity. This type of subject is well carved for mellotron and symphonic grandeur, too bad is sounds a bit skinny for me.

I felt this band is more on the verge of neo-prog like Believe, Unitopia or Knight Area; you know, a lot to say but we hoped for different stuff.

Not super-convincing but professional and applied.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 The Fruit Fallen by EDENSONG album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.37 | 36 ratings

BUY
The Fruit Fallen
Edensong Eclectic Prog

Review by rpmartino

5 stars This is a fresh and complex album, a wonderful balance of dark acoustic folk, prog rock and a bit of metal, with a focus on compositional craft. I knew it was something different and special when I heard the album a few times, but when I saw the band perform live two times (Brooklyn and 3RP) the music really came to life and I realized how great these tunes really were- they seemed to be a surprise hit of the festival for those who weren't familiar with them.

Intricate, powerful songs delivered with passion, demonstrating a nice mix of acoustic and electric sounds. If there is one minor complaint, the live performances made me wish there was a little more aggressive impact to the studio recording, as the album has a bit more laid back feel in comparison- but perhaps I was just spoiled by such an inspired performance from the current band lineup.

Really looking forward to hearing what these guys come up with next...

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 The Fruit Fallen by EDENSONG album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.37 | 36 ratings

BUY
The Fruit Fallen
Edensong Eclectic Prog

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

2 stars A long time in the making, The Fruit Fallen is the brainchild of guitarist/vocalist James Byron Schoen who along with the help of numerous other musicians has produced a very eclectic mix of prog. There are elements of symphonic, folk and metal present. As well as the usual array of keyboards, guitars, drums etc the soundscape is broadened by the addition of flute, cello and violin.

The music is fairly complex with a lot going on and a number of longer pieces where the band can display their musical chops which are very good. Unfortunately despite having the potential to be a very good album it's all a little unmemorable. Schoen couldn't be described as any more than an adequate vocalist and a lack of strong melodies make each track largely forgotten as they come and go, even after numerous plays. Occasional moments of inspiration lift things here and there but it is usually frustratingly short lived before delving again into competent mediocrity.

The best is saved until last; The Reunion which on first appearances seems to be a 22 minute epic but around halfway there's a long silence and an unnamed song starts. The first half in particular shows some potential with stronger melodies both vocally and musically. Unfortunately though it's all too little too late. A few more tracks along the lines of this could have raised its rating by a star.

Overall then disappointing but the music is well played and with such an eclectic blend of styles I wouldn't write them off just yet.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Thanks to Angelo for the artist addition. and to torrod for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.11 seconds