Another week and some more cracking music from various sources.
Eden's Curse: Trinity
Let's start with the end. This lot manage to do a cracking version of Dio’s "Rock & Roll Children" as a tribute to the great lost talent. It wraps the entire CD up nicely after slightly over 50 minutes of great prog power metal. The fact that they have brought along Andi Deris of Helloween and the mighty James LeBrie of Dream Theater just makes things even more special. The formal bands members hail from the UK, Germany, Italy and the US. They are international in outlook and it shows in the music.
Michael Eden is a talented singer as well as being more than able to keep up with his guest vocalists. There is really nothing on here that could be called filler. It's all potent melodic metal. Tracks like "Can't Fool the Devil" and "Jerusalem Sleeps" are hard to dismiss. The songs have all the right bits, including catchy as stink choruses.
This is one of the best releases of its kind so far this year. Quality start to finish and unlike many in this genre, there is an instant appeal to it all from the first listen. Call it melodic hard rock or progressive power metal, whatever this is, its damn good stuff.
Loaded: The Taking
Duff & Co are back with their third effort while Velvet Revolver figures out who is going to front them. By my, and many other people's ears, this is the most solid of Loaded releases. There is a strong sense of purpose on all the songs on here. Duff certainly knows how to write a catchy tune and proves it here. "Dead Skin" is a great track that has quite a bit of a VR feel to it. There are still punky songs on here, but obviously Duff is using this as an outlet for his more mainstream hard rock stuff as well. Not surprisingly I prefer the hard rock tracks to the punky ones, but none of it lacks for quality.
There is nothing that you could consider a "duff" track on here, no filler just quality stuff all around. "We Win" clearly is treading on Foo Fighters anthemic territory and you can expect it to be a huge track live. The song will probably turn up at your favorite sports club in due time. The chorus is this decade’s "We are the Champions" methinks.