Edge Of Paradise - Universe

Edge Of Paradise Universe cover
Edge Of Paradise
Universe
Frontiers Music srl
2019
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Edge Of Paradise is an LA band that has had some releases under their belt in the past – two EPs and two full length albums, if I am not mistaken and some local appeal. They are not attempting to take a wider stub at success, by joining the highly illustrious Italian label Frontiers that’s know for its multitude of melodic releases.
 
Their style seems to tie in a lot of elements; it’s characterized by the melodic, yet dynamic vocals of one Margarita Monet, the band’s impressive frontwoman and pianist, who started the band along with guitar playing virtuoso David Bates, a few years ago.
 
The arrangements display a certain sophistication and evolution compared to their recent past and if you enjoy anything, from Hallestorm, post-“Undying” Within Temptation and maybe the more straightforward moments of Lacuna Coil, this stuff might be right up your alley.
 
Not every song is a winner, but I suppose, there’s enough good material to keep you interested.
 
Opener, “Fire” is a catchy almost Europower-ish track, although the band is American and it’s driving riffs, combined with its seductive chorus, put a foot in through the door that the ensuing,
 
“Electrify” completely kicks wide open, with a jumbo sized chorus and some impressive wailing vocals that show Monet’s impressive vocal control.
 
“Universe” has a somewhat gothic, softly sung portion that’s reminiscent of Kamelot, with a beat that’s quite modern and guitars that also are edgier and more modern, in a song that goes down easily and without regrets.
 
“Alone” ain’t a cover, but another song that begins with Monet’s sensuous writhing vocals cleaning and sharpening up for the bridge/chorus, which works fairly well.
 
“Hollow” ain’t too bad, but it’s so rhythmic, that I think it lacks the space to release the tension it builds.
 
“World” is almost ASMR for much of its duration, bar a few lines… so it’s  bit of a transitional track to “Perfect Disaster” with its sexy edgy rhythms and awesome melodic chorus that Monet drops with aplomb and sassiness. If catastrophe is like that, please destroy us… Mistress!
 
“Face of Fear” repeats the formula that much of the album relies upon with slightly less success, but it’s saved by a nifty enough chorus.
 
“Stars” is more symphonic – more classical, while it keeps up with its modernist appearances and has some nice guitars in there, but not as many as the guitar orgy that the instrumental “Burn the Sun” features. Closing the album with such a high energy song, is a little anticlimactic as it sort of leaves you wanting more… and all you’re left with is a keyboard dash dousing it all down. Bah.
 
Overall, a sufficiently different female fronted band that has its own character. They don’t reinvent the wheel, but are able to give it their own spin, which at least at this point in time doesn’t sound like it’s trying to copy another band in particular… like the army of clones that a middle European label seems to be breeding.