On the 24th August 2007, AFM Records released the debut album by a brand new band called EDEN’S CURSE. Coming on like a cross between classic American bands Queensrÿcheand Dokken, married with the European stylings of Pink Cream 69 or latter day Edguy, EDEN’S CURSEwere warmly received by the global Rock & Metal press and public alike. What made EDEN’S CURSE that little bit different was that they were comprised of five musicians from across the globe, who had actually never met in person until they stood next to each other during the album photo shoot.
Fast forward to January 2016 and EDEN’S CURSE celebrate a decade together and in October of that year they released their fifth studio album ‘Cardinal’ on AFM Records. Albeit, there have been several lineup changes since the debut, the band have worked hard to retain their sound and identity, due to its tutelage under founder, principle songwriter and bassist Paul Logue and the virtuosic talents of guitarist Thorsten Koehne. Both have become the heartbeat of the band and the custodians of the EDEN’S’ CURSE sound, whilst still striving to push boundaries with each new album. There is no doubt that the addition of, in the main, vocalist Nikola Mijic and latterly drummer John Clelland and keyboarder Chrism have lifted the band to even new heights.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary, AFM Records and EDEN’S CURSE hatched a plan to re-record the classic debut album in its entirety. “The first album really was the foundation for all that was to follow. Ever since Nikola joined the band we have been inundated with requests to re-record some of the older material and whilst it would be great fun, it would also be the same amount of work as recording a brand new album. In actual fact, that is one of the main reasons we recorded the live album, ‘Live With The Curse’, so the fans could hear Nikola’s voice on the older songs. However, it did not stop the flow of requests – in fact it made it worse! So, with this Anniversary coming up, we thought it would be a good idea to do it and AFM agreed. It’s turned out really well and given the older songs that little bit of freshness. It’s not to out-do what went before but to pay homage to a very important record in our career” says bassist Paul Logue.
Coupled with the re-recorded debut album is the ‘Live In Glasgow – Official Bootleg DVD’ which is the ‘Live With The Curse’ live album recording show in its entirety. Filmed at The Classic Grand in Glasgow on 28th November 2014, the release marks the band’s first official live DVD release, albeit in a bootleg form. “The footage is absolutely excellent” states bassist Logue. “We did not intend to film a DVD, but the audio recording company brought two cameras along to capture the show and when we saw the results we were really surprised! We put out four videos on You Tube to promote the live album and the fans kept asking to see the full show on DVD. So, here it is! We’ve called it a ‘bootleg’ because it wasn’t recorded on 6 cameras, e.g one above the drummer and one on the keyboard player – like we would do for a proper DVD release. However, beyond that is looks and sounds great! We WILL do a DVD in the future but in the meantime this gives our fans across the world something to enjoy time and time again and it makes ‘Eden’s Curse – Revisited’ a very special package indeed“, he adds.
‘Eden’s Curse – Revisited’ is the ultimate package for EDEN’S CURSE fans old and new and a fantastic introduction to the band’s music. It’s a true celebration of the record that started it all, from the guys who carry the legacy forward. Over 60 mins of music and 100 mins of film make ‘Revisited’ a must have for all Eden’s Curse & Melodic Metal fans!
Listen to a Sample of “EDEN’S’ CURSE”