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“This one fell on me like a bomb…While the references to [old school British progressive rock] are apparent the music doesn’t sound dated at all…There is so much going on in the mix that it will take many listens to peel back all the layers of this one and absorb it all. I can’t remember the last time I said this about a debut release from a prog band - BUY OR DIE!”
--Ken Golden , www.lasercd.com
"If you like Jethro Tull, Yes, Dream Theater, Believe Genesis, Curved Air, you will love Edensong. "The Fruit Fallen" is a powerful album...Brilliant, amazing, perfect and a fantastic work, highly recommendable for all progressive rock fans around the world..."
"A great choice for an evening of well played modern progressive rock...I'd love to see this band perform live in Europe in the not too distant future."
"A strong sincere work, packed with ideas. A great moment of progressive rock!"
"What I find cleverly unusual is that [The Fruit Fallen] works so well on many different levels, from the heavy lyrics and harmonies to the emotive mix of cello, flute and guitar...This is a great first album for Edensong and I recommend this album for all who still cling close to the Prog!"
“You can describe Edensong…as progressive folk but this band has more to offer. The blend of classical, rock, prog metal and ethnic music gives a captivating extra dimension to their music. I am already looking forward to their next album…”
“Epic and grandiose with variation and breadth, sophisticated and unexpected composition, and a wonderful distinctive character. Edensong is a new band that raises the standards and refreshes rock with artistic freedom and innovation.”
Epic Orchestral Rock for the Progressive Musical Mind
What words define the Edensong sound? Even a term as ridiculous as “epic orchestral progressive acoustic metal-infused rock” does little to categorize Edensong’s music.
Edensong draws deeply from classic symphonic progressive acts, with complex song structures that resemble those of early Genesis or Yes, but Edensong does not simply rehash the music from this Golden Age of prog. The band experiments with wide-ranging musical styles, adding orchestral instruments like flute, violin and cello into the mix of a versatile hard rock band. With what other act would you hear heavy metal guitar riffs, a classical guitar, flute and cello chamber trio, a full church organ, and North Indian tabla playing all in the span of a single album?
Edensong’s music can be as serenely melodic as the music of Simon and Garfunkel and Cat Stevens, or as aggressive as that of Metallica or Opeth. Using sophisticated and unpredictable compositions, not unlike the large scale works of Dream Theater or Rush, Edensong’s music tells a story, at times attaining the epic feel of the scores of Hans Zimmer or Nobuo Uematsu, while at others achieving a “folkier” simplicity, a singer/songwriter sound that might be more reminiscent of Billy Joel or The Beatles.
Edensong rejects any superficial trend in pop music and instead forges its own path through the droves of homogenous sound-alike acts. Along with a handful of other new bands, such as The Mars Volta, Coheed and Cambria, Three, and Dredg among others, Edensong attempts to creatively revitalize rock music in a movement away from the corporately-constructed “mainstream” and toward artist-driven freedom and true originality.
"The Fruit Fallen" is the brainchild of singer/guitarist James Byron Schoen, but the result of the tireless contributions of many. The album blends elements of metal, folk, classical, flamenco, electronica, and other world music into a style that, while bearing traces of its influences, is truly original. Clocking in at over 70 minutes of music, "The Fruit Fallen" is comprised of eight(?) balanced compositions. Although the album retains an overall vibe, each song is a self-contained work and a unique musical experience:
Water Run - "The Fruit Fallen" opens with this primarily acoustic guitar-driven track, a faint message of hope in a world of self-seeking cynicism and complacency. The song’s memorable chorus and catchy guitar work, along with its environmental message, make it an obvious choice for the album’s opener.
The Baptism - The ultimate in bitter breakup songs, "The Baptism" was written as a cathartic response to a failed relationship. With an ear for the epic over the "emo," this melodramatic song sounds, at times, like the soundtrack to a Hollywood action film. The pounding African poly-rhythms, the demonic "Beach Boys" chorale over hellish church organ, and the heavy “balls-to-the-wall” ending make "The Baptism" the most eclectic track on the "The Fruit Fallen".
Reflection - "Reflection" has an outward simplicity, both musically and lyrically, that belies an inner complexity. Although “Reflection” is one of the album’s “simple” ballads, it’s been called a “miniature epic” by fans because the song is constantly progressing with an ever-shifting instrumentation, mixing rich and subtle orchestration, a full rock band, and Indian rhythms. Lyrically, the song is both an introspective look at a changing self and a retrospective "bid farewell to the only life I've known."
The Prayer - "The Prayer" bears a religious title, yet has little to do with religion. Instead, “The Prayer” is a deeply personal song that James wrote about his grandfather who passed away in 2004 after suffering a stroke a year earlier. Musically tumultuous and featuring some of the album's most intricate classical guitar work, the song moves among unsettling flamenco-inspired rhythms, serene chant-like interludes, and wailing rock.
Nocturne - In many ways, “Nocturne“ is the quintessential Edensong composition, featuring tight melodic songwriting, interspersed with some of the album’s most creative experimentation. The story and concept for the song were inspired by listening to one of Chopin's famous Nocturnes. The song depicts the journey of a washed-up lounge singer through her periods of mania, desperation, and ultimate redemption. This surreal track has been cited as both a band and fan favorite.
The Sixth Day - “The Sixth Day” is controversial ten minute epic which addresses the role of organized religion in society. This dynamic, derisive and divisive powerhouse is also a staple of the Edensong live show.
One Breath to Breathe - This dark and melodically haunting ballad was inspired by the death of late Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley. Composed at the time of his death, the song gives a hypothetical account of the singer's torturous and reclusive final months on earth. Instrumentally, “One Breath to Breathe” is arranged as a classical guitar, flute, and cello chamber piece with sections that feature a full rock band.
The Reunion - “The Reunion” is one of multiple songs about death. Written in memory of high school friend Pete Harrison, this epic song (the second longest on the album) closes "The Fruit Fallen". At times the song is complex, heavy and progressive, and at others simple, haunting