(8/10) Eventhough Eden Circus comes from Hamburg (actually they are from Göttingen and re-located to Hamburg in 2010) I haven't heard about them earlier. Can happen. But the other day I got the album from the five piece into my box and was curious about their music.
What got to my ears was a positive surprise. I have to say that I like what I heard. Eden Circus plays alternative metal in the broadest sense of the word. They combine prog metal elements with some post-rock and post-metal sequences. The result sounds sometimes like Opeth, sometimes more like Undertow with prog arrangements and sometimes the growls and screams create an interesting counterpart to the clean melodic vocals that dominate the album. Those screams are real eruptions on an otherwise quite harmonic album. They are the spice in the eight course meal.
What's also remarkeable is the the length of the tunes. Most of them are between six and eight minutes. Those are build in a way that keeps your finger away from the skip button. You want to know how the song continues, since each of them has a lot of nuances.
A track to mention is difficult, since all of them are on a good level. But the one that stands out most is "101". Eden Circus celebrates an almost neverending riff, embedded in a soundscape that is outstanding. If you have listened to this tune you get a good overview about the range of Eden Circus. Loud parts are followed by silent atmospheric sections, followed by screams ... and the same again. Cool stuff.
Eden Circus releases with "Marula" a very strong debut album and my guess is that we will hear more from the band in the future. Congrats.
- A desert in between
- Summon a ghost
- A shore uncertainty
- Her lovely hands upon the black earth
- Playing you
Genre: Prog Metal