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Failure to check out this album, in my humble opinion, would be a cardinal sin.

Eden's Curse has never been a band to rest on its laurels, and their development continues with 'Cardinal', their fifth studio album. All the Curse essentials are still there in abundance, thunderous bass lines, pounding drums, powerful riffs, huge vocal hooks and multi-layered keyboards – these are all perfectly embodied in the opening track 'Prophets Of Doom'. The songs on 'Cardinal' have again been composed by bassist and founding member Paul Logue, guitarist Thorsten Koehne and ex-drummer Pete Newdeck (Tainted Nation). Logue and Koehne also produced the album, which was mixed by Dennis Ward; as you can imagine, it's one fantastic sounding body of music. Though not a Christian album per se, as with previous Eden's Curse albums, there are numerous religious references throughout.

First single 'Sell Your Soul' perfectly bridges the gap from the previous album, the excellent 'Symphony Of Sin'. It's the album's most commercial track and highlights the superb backing vocals of the rest of the band. 'Cardinal' is the first studio album to feature drummer John Clelland and new, Finnish keyboard player Christian "Chrism" Pulkkinen; both members have really put their stamp on the recording. Clelland certainly earns his crust on the heavy tracks like '...Doom', 'The Great Pretender', 'Utopian Dreams', and my personal out-and-out Rockers favourite 'Messiah Complex'. The interplay between Koehne and Pulkkinen is phenomenal right the way through; none more so than on the Progressive ballad 'Find My Way'.

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'Kingdom Of Solitude' features some very funky bass from Logue and New Age keyboards from Pulkkinen. Repeated listens reveal the complexities within each of the songs, such as 'Rome's On Fire' and the superb 'Saints & Sinners'. Naturally, the album closer will grab most fan's attention; but for me the standout track is the heavy, but ultra-melodic, 'This Is Our Moment' – pure magic Curse. The only non-Metal song on the album is the beautiful duet 'Unconditional', which features Liv Kristine (ex-Leaves Eyes); her vocals wonderfully contrast those of Mijic. The album closes with the epic, near eight-minute 'Jericho', based on the biblical tale of the Battle Of Jericho. Epic is a word frequently overused when describing songs, especially those over six minutes, but it's a perfect description in this case. The song seems to encompass all Metal genres in one, without ever sounding disjointed; no doubt a future live classic.

Failure to check out this album, in my humble opinion, would be a cardinal sin!

Mark Donnelly

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