Friday, September 30, 2016

Edensong "Years in the Garden of Years"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Label: The Laser's Edge
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 30, 2016
1. Cold City (7:33)
2. Years In The Garden Of Years: I. End Times In Retrospect (5:35)
3. Years In The Garden Of Years: II. In The Longest Of Days (5:01)
4. Years In The Garden Of Years: III. The Hollowed (9:32)
5. Years In The Garden Of Years: IV. Down The Hours (6:07)
6. Years In The Garden Of Years: V. Chronos (9:37)
7. Years In The Garden Of Years: VI. Generations (3:41)
8. Years In The Garden Of Years: VII. The Atman Apocalypse (9:28)
9. Years In The Garden Of Years: VIII. Regenerations (8:04)
10. Yawn Of A Blink (6:18)

Total time 70:56
James Byron Schoen - vocals, guitars
Tony Waldman - drums, percussion, gamelan, hang drum, vocals
Stefan Paolini - keyboards, hang drum, vocals
Barry Seroff - flutes
TD Towers - bass, vocals
Luna Sky - cello (1, 2, 3)
Eric Stephenson - cello (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10)
Malcolm Piper - additional choral vocals (1)
Adrian Belew - vocal cameo (8)
As with many other progressive rock bands, Edensong’s take on the genre is one that is hard to pin down. They appear to have something of a passionate interest in progressive folk rock of the kind that Jethro Tull made a career out of, and traces and echoes of that band can be found on numerous occasions throughout. Not merely due to the liberal use of flute soloing, but also in certain structural elements unless I’m much mistaken. That there are passages that comes across as something of a bastard child of Jethro Tull and Dream Theater is perhaps and indication of just how extensive the palette Edensong use is, although the more clear cut metal-oriented themes and passages strictly speaking is a minority feature on this CD. Very much present, but not in a dominant manner.
Read the full review by Olav Martin Bjørnsen at houseofprog.com

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