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'Live With The Curse'
(AFM Records)
Release Date: March 13th (UK/Europe), March 14th (US)

tony conley
Tony Conley

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Eden's Curse keeps getting better and better - each release, each line-up change, every hurdle they catapult seems to place them higher in the realm of modern classic Metal. 'Live With The Curse' is a most impressive live set which serves as a great "story up to this point" document.

Fans of bands like Queensryche, Iron Maiden, and other melodic Metal monsters (or even folks who wish Journey has a bit more oomph) will absolutely eat this up.

Nikola Mijic came on board as lead vocalist for the band in 2013 and he's taken them to a completely new level. New keyboardist Steve Williams (Dragonforce) also fits like a glove and supplies both tasty pads and some great interplay with guitarist and original band member Thorsten Koehne, who has been consistently brilliant since the band's inception almost ten years ago.

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Paul Logue is the founding father of the band and in addition to being an exceptional bassist, he's also one of the very best songwriters in the genre these days - it's the songs really comes down to, and where the band delivers the goods in spades. He's steered the band through four studio albums that have been consistently top notch and he keeps getting better at his job as evidenced on 2013s 'Symphony Of Sin', the band's latest long player which features heavily (eight tunes out of eighteen) on this new live opus.

In fact, 'Symphony Of Sin' kicks things off here, and it's eight minutes of pure rocking joy. Recorded in Glasgow on November 28th 2014 at The Classic Grand and mixed and mastered by Metal heavyweight Dennis Ward, this set sounds like solid gold - you can hear every note as the guitar and keyboards joust mightily, and the rhythm section rumbles magnificently as Mijic soars over the top of it all. The band's harmony vocals are especially top notch, putting icing on a very tasteful cake.

Thorsten Keohne is a guitarist who should be gracing magazine covers - his solo section is as good as I've heard in some time and I'm a guy whose stood on the stage as Michael Schenker soloed on a great many occasion. He makes his presence on every track, and he's always on the mark with his punchy rhythm work, and his melodic and fleet fingered solos.

Melding raging rock with beautiful melody is always a welcome thing and Eden's Curse makes it sound much easier than it really is. A tune like 'Devil In Disguise' is a perfect example of a thunderously heavy riff that gets slathered with gorgeous melody, pounding, pummeling drumming from John Clelland whose deft stick and footwork are an absolutely essential ingredient in this mix.

When Keohne goes into his solo Clelland kicks him like a mule, then when Williams takes his keyboards out on a cruise he shifts gears and plays a more sophisticated backing that works perfectly in context.

If this was the early eighties, Eden's Curse would be traversing the globe in a jet with their name on its ass, they're that good and there's not a minute of filler or dross on this two CD set that serves up over a hundred minutes of live rock brilliance. No matter what track you pull up, you're going to well get your money's worth. The songs are all top notch, the playing and singing really couldn't be better, and the record sounds like a million bucks (or pounds, or Euros...).

This could be your melodic Metal discovery of the year if you've not yet found your way to Eden's Curse, but if you have, you'll be over the moon at this brilliantly captured retrospective.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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