Band: Eden's Curse

Venue: The Snooty Fox, Wakefield

Date: 21 May 2014

 

  

It's hard to believe that with four albums under their belts, that here in 2014, this is actually Eden’s Curse first UK headline tour.  Fans of the band will already know that Eden’s Curse history is one of both woe and wonderment, with more than their fair share of line-up changes.  I wonder if Paul Logue and Thorsten Koehne ever thought this day would ever come, when they would be headliners in their own right.

The band however are no strangers to playing live, we are one of the lucky few that has seen every incarnation of the band play live, even catching them at the mighty PPM Fest a few years ago.  So to make the 200-mile round trip down to the Snooty Fox (or the Sweaty Box, I mean get that air-con sorted!) was a no brainer for us.

The reports we had seen about the bands two previous shows mentioned a few gremlins had crept in resulting in a few sound and technical issues, both of which meant that tonight's show really had to deliver the goods, and deliver it did.  The band stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park from the off.  By the time the band hit the stage the whole venue was crammed packed and I mean crammed packed, not only that but merch was flying off the stand like hot cakes, so much so that even before the band hit the stage, they'd already sold out of quite a few sizes in the new t-shirts.  

As they opened up the set with the intro infused 'Symphony Of Sin', led by our favourite Welsh wizard on the keyboards, Mr Steve Williams, who along with newest member John Clelland on drums, set the stall for founding members Logue and Koehne to join the party.  Then on came new frontman Nikola Mijic’s to show off his superb set of pipes and from here on in, the Curse absolutely powered through their seventeen song set, that was as magical to watch as it was to listen to.

Then it was straight into 'Break The Silence', another track taken from the new album.  If you think this is a good album track, then you should hear it live.  The powerful all Scottish rhythm section of Logue and Clelland laid down the foundations for Williams keyboard flourishes and Koehne’s fantastic fret-work, with the icing on the cake being Mijic’s melodic vocals.

A true test of a new vocalist is when it comes to a band's back catalogue and Mijic took the older tracks and made them his own, as the band rolled back the years to album number three and the title track ‘Trinity’, before reaching back a little further to their debut for ‘Fly Away’, with Mijic really showed his class on this older material.

Keeping with the back catalogue the band rocked out with 'Just Like Judas’ and although English isn’t Mijic’s first language, he still engaged the crowd as a true frontman should.  Not only that but he really knows how to work a crowd and covered every inch of the stage to ensure he connected with the legions of fans who had turned out to watch the band tonight.  

Of all the singers the band have had in the past, this is the first one that's actually looked like he was happy to be doing what he does and not afraid to move around and loosen up during his performance.  All the time the crowd were lapping it up and really enjoying every second of the performance the band were giving.  

By this time the venue was hotter than a fresh Gregg’s pastie straight out the oven, but this didn’t stop the band delivering the heat, as it was back to the new album for the majestic ‘Great Unknown’, with Williams delivering his usual fiery keyboards in the intro.  While he lit up the ivories, all eyes turned to TK who not only lit up the fret-board, he was absolutely on fire tonight as he continued to set the songs alight with his Dean guitar on the excellent 'Turn The Page’.

Did I mention just how good Mijic delivered the old songs?  Well I’m telling you again because this man really showed his metal with a stunning rendition of ‘Jerusalem Sleeps’ and even more so on ‘Time To Breath’, as did the new guys as Clelland thumped out a mighty back-beat and Williams, well Steve was just Steve, playing his little heart out while singing along and looking like he was enjoying the set as much as us folks in the audience.

It was back to 'Symphony of Sin' for a melodic metal masterclass with ‘Rock Bottom’, before bringing down a touch with ‘Falling From Grace’, with Mijic showing us all he’s the full package.  He showed that he can bring it down as wail them wild when needed and on this song he gave us one of his finest vocals of the night. 

It was pedal to metal once more as the tempo was brought right back up with ‘Wings To Fly’, then it was back to 'Trinity' for another spellbinding vocal from Mijic on 'Holy Man'.  This carried on into the set closer ‘Unbreakable’.

The band left the stage to rapturous applause and it wasn’t long before the guys returned for the encore the single ‘Evil And Devine’, before rounding the best Eden’s Curse show I’ve seen with ‘Angels And Demons’.  This was one hell of a set, like I said the best I’ve seen the band perform.  With performances like this I can see a rosy future ahead for Paul and the band.  

I know a lot has gone on in the past, but that’s all water under the bridge.  I for one can't wait to see what these guys can do together on a next album and hope it's not too long before we see them embarking on another headliner tour.

The Curse goes on and on and on and on!

Review by: Barry McMinn

 

 

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