|Review: Eyes of Eden - Faith|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 2007
Genre: Gothic Metal
Review online: October 14, 2007
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Ostensibly the brainchild of guitarist/producer extraordinaire Waldemar Sorychta, the collaboration with Lacuna Coil and The Gathering has left their stricken Pro-tools master with a plethora of influence that he has utilized on his debut album, his first under the moniker Eyes of Eden. Fronted by buxom naiad Franziska Huth, Eyes of Eden suck the influence of Sorychta's producing credits like a vacuum, providing a rich, varied platter of musical exploration to be discovered. Lacuna Coil, it has to be said, is the most observable comparison - Huth's fragile, sexy vocals are certainly reminiscent of Cristina Scabbia - but with a pronounced use of symphonics and harmony guitars, "Faith" has a dimensional depth that at times recalls Xandria, and others Flowing Tears. The pace wavers too, dishing more than one fast paced belter in with the rest of the refined, peaceful conquests. Expertly produced, this tasty debut boasts some of the most accessible material in the genre with "Winter Night", "Dancing Fire" and the grand epic "Not Human Kind" leaving everlasting impressions. The guitar tone is nice and crisp, the synths aren't overpowering, and there is generally an interest to be had, unlike so many acts baked under the cookie cutter. Those who like their gothic metal shiny, melodic, and irresistibly sexy could do a lot worse. "Faith" is a masterstroke of hauntingly beautiful gothic metal. I urge you to convert.
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