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THE FRUIT FALLEN

Edensong

 

Eclectic Prog

3.37 | 51 ratings

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TenYearsAfter
3 stars "Great variety, in styles and instruments"

This USA formation is rooted in 2002 when James Byron Schoen (guitar and vocals) and Matt Cozin (drums) met during jam sessions on the Wesleyan University. Under the name 'surrealistic pseudo-rock-opera' several musicans were invited and in April 2003 the band went on tour. After many changes in the line-up Edenson started to make their first album, followed by extensive tours in 2005 and 2006. Unfortunately the touring caused a lot of tension within the band, this burden was too much and in the end only prime mover James Byron Schoen remained a member of Edensong, all others had left! But James was very determined to finish that first album, after the mastereing by Bob Katz in 2007, one year later Edensong released their debut-CD entitled The Fruit Fallen. It contains tracks that were recorded before James was left by his fellow musicians.

When I read the information booklet, I noticed that the Edensong members and the guest musicians used a wide range of instruments: the distinctive 'progrock keyboards' like the Hammond organ, a pipe organ and synthesizers, classical instruments like the violin, cello, flute and Grand piano, ethnic instruments like African percussion and Indian tablas and acoustic ' and electric guitars. We can also find that variety in the use of different styles: from folk with twanging guitars, pleasant vocals and sparkling flute and classical with melancholical cello, intense violin and warm Grand piano to compelling bombastic symphonic rock featuring lush organ, fiery guitarwork and a propulsive rhythm-section and even some interludes with progmetal guitar and drums (like in The Baptism and Nocturne). The alternating song The Prayer contains an intro with Spanish guitar and some flamenco elements, very exciting.

My highlight is the long final composition The Reunion (more than 20 minutes): the intro delivers classical and acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies, then the climates changes from compelling with floods of organ and fiery guitar to dreamy with twanging guitars and flute or violent with propulsive guitar riffs, I am delighted about the bombastic conclusion with swelling organ, raw prog metal and a powerful rhythm-section.

In general you can describe Edensong their music as progressive folk but this band has more to offer, the blend of classical, rock, prog metal and ethnic music gives a captivating extra dimension to their music. I am already looking forward to their next album because I am very curious to the development of this promising progrock band.

My rating: 3,5 star.

P.s.: In 2016 Edensong released the highly acclaimed successor entitled Years In The Garden Of Years.

TenYearsAfter | 3/5 |

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