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Eclectic Prog

3.37 | 51 ratings

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4 stars And on the sixth day, man created God to help see things we can't explain...

The work leading up this album took a little bit more time than including the band and the album in Prog Archives - but both were very much worth the effort.

First of all - after quite a few listens to the album, the overall picture is that if one band fits the definition of Eclectic Prog it's Edensong. Across eight very well balanced and intricate compositions, the caring listener is treated to symphonic, folk, metal (Edensong was preceded by Schoen's prog metal band Echoes of Eden, which disbanded in 2000) and even some jazz - just listen to some of T.D. Towers bass work on e.g. The Baptism). Comparing Edensong to just any one band from these genres doesn't sum up the sound of this album. Putting Yes, Jethro Tull, Malicorne, Shadow Gallery, Dream Theater in a Magimix blender may give you an idea of how this band tastes. Of course, there is not one line up responsible for all tracks, but the compositional skills of Schoen and the sheer talent of all the musicians he worked with over the past years to create this album are remarkable.

Highlights of the album for me are the two longest tracks, The Sixth Day and Reunion (the latter runs 21 minutes because it includes the 'secret track' To See But Not Believe), closely followed by The Baptism. All three are intricate compositions - using influences from the bands and musical styles mentioned above, and going through a number of mood and tempo changes. Not exactly background music - but a great choice for an evening of well played modern progressive rock.

Large parts of the album were part of what was initially conceived as a live show - Beyond Eden : A Surrealistic Pseudo Rock-Opera, on which Schoen started working in 2002. Listening to the album and reading the lyrics makes me hope that, after the disbanding of the last Edensong line up and the release of this album, James Byron Schoen manages to get a band together for touring and further releases. I'd love to see this band perform live in Europe in the not too distant future.

Angelo | 4/5 |


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