The Edge of Paradise
Pure Steel Records Release Date :22nd May 2015
The Edge of Paradise are a band that contacted us here at The Metal Gods Meltdown, and boy are we glad they did! Hailing from Ventura California, and having already released an EP "A Perfect Shade of Black" that grabbed peoples attention this quartet will be releasing an eight track album called "Immortal Waltz" in May and have , as with the EP enlisted the services of legendary producer/mixer Michael Wagener. The Bands line up includes the rhythm section of bassist Nick Ericson and drummer John Chominsky throw into the mix Metals hottest Vixen Margarita Monet whose powerful and compelling vocals enthrall and amaze you, with Dave Bates' imposing guitars you get one helluva band and one helluva a Melodic Metal Album!
Opening with "Its My Show" it saunters in with some deep and crunching grooves its a delicious opener, its got a macabre feeling, with a piano piece interspersed with a delightful and very addictive vocal delivery from Margarita, its already a personal favourite, and that's just track one! "Immortal Waltz" is a symphonic number that builds into a crescendo, its dramatic, effective and hasn't made me feel so excited about a new band in many a year ,seriously this is an outstanding song , its not specially heavy , but it takes you on a voyage with twists and turns, it rides your soul and takes on a speeding bullet train adventure of Melodic Metal Heaven.
"Rise For The Fallen" is the bands first video from the album , it opens with piano, and washes over you with its harmonious keys and crunching riffs,it's quite simply addictive , challenging and sublime."In a Dream" , “Perfect Shade of Black”, “Breakaway” and “Ghost"are all featured on the previously mentioned EP, and without a doubt are a fantastic addition to this album, "In A Dream" is so well constructed, you really feel the expressive tones and delivery by Margarita Monet , taking you on a hallucinatory tour of melodic magnificence, its beautiful and as I often say in my reviews its another track from a Hard Rocking / Metal Band that should be out there on mainstream radio , fabulous its passionate, emotive and stunning.
Drawing breath "Perfect Shade of Black" sees the impressive Monet stretch her vocal chords even more its a thunderous number. "Break Away" hooks you, and draws you, the bewitching vocals take you on this magic symphonic journey you don’t want it to end or indeed "Breakaway" from. "Ghost" is a haunting piece that plunges, swoops and flows and has a guitar solo to melt your heart, its a softer ethereal piece. Final track is "Goodbye" its a wondrous end to one of the most impressive albums I have heard in a very long time , its powerful and enchanting farewell.
Now I have to say this, its early January and "Immortal Waltz " is a killer release, its an immense debut ! Its a album that's going to take some beating as one of the strong if not strongest debut from a band the world over in 2015. SERIOUSLY!
Review :Seb Di Gatto Score : 9/10
Margarita Monet - Dave Bates - John Chominsky - Nick Ericson