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Review: Edensong - Years in the Garden of Years
Years in the Garden of Years

Label: Laser's Edge
Year released: 2016
Duration: 1:10:01
Tracks: 10
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: January 20, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Years in the Garden of Years

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Edensong is a band from Connecticut and I grabbed the promo for their Years in the Garden of Years album because it came from a trusted source, a noted Progressive Metal (Laser's Edge) label put it out and quite frankly, the name. Edenbridge, Eden's Curse, Edensong – you can see my thought process there. Now that I've had a chance to listen to Years in the Garden of Years I can say it is nothing like those other bands (nothing wrong with that) but neither is it like what I expected. Sure, it's progressive with copious time changes, exotic time signatures and lengthy compositions but it owes a lot more to Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King than it does to Dream Theater's Images and Words or Threshold's Dead Reckoning. The sound is smooth and clear but the guitar has been robbed of anything resembling crunch or grit and it mainly supports the keyboards, which are prodigious. Then there's the flute. The flute can work in Metal (I'm pretty sure I've heard it somewhere) but here it's like Ian Anderson had nothing better to do that day than record a bunch of lines for Edensong. What we really have on Years in the Garden of Years are a bunch of occasionally interesting, often meandering Prog Rock songs with a bit of Metal flourish here and there. So, if Edensong is really just a Progressive ROCK band, why am I reviewing it? Because I think it will be touted as Progressive METAL in a lot of media outlets and it isn't. It's well played and the musicians are no doubt talented but unless you also like Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, etc. it doesn't have a lot of appeal. Even if you do enjoy a little Prog Rock, you'll do better with the classics.

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