The membership of Eden’s Curse may be from all around the world, but their inspiring compositions cement the fact that music is indeed the universal language. Even after the loss of two key members, Eden’s Curse has persevered, unleashing the mighty Symphony of Sin on AFM Records.
Their most fully realized effort to date, the soaring melodies and epic vocals found within will surely exhilarate metal fans all across the planet. There is truly no rest for the gloriously cursed, as we discover with this all encompassing interview with founding member Paul Logue. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Eden’s Curse, and how long the band has been together.
I’m Paul Logue, I am the founding member, bassist and principle song writer in Eden’s Curse. The band will be celebrating it’s eighth year together next week.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local metal scene like there?
We are a multinational band with members from the UK, Germany and Serbia. Originally we started out as an internet based online studio project and the whole thing grew arms and legs from there, mainly due to the success of the debut album, and by the second album we were out touring. If anything, we set our base out of the UK when it comes to rehearsing and setting up base for tours. The scene in the UK is OK to be honest. Whenever the big guns comes to town the Rockers are out in force, and for the smaller bands that can be a tad frustrating, but it proves that an audience exists. It’s how do you stand out from the flock and grab their attention! There is a certain apathy to come out to shows for certain genres, but there is always exceptions to the rule. Hard work, endeavor and thinking outside of the box often see the brave being rewarded.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Symphony of Sin?
When writing the title track the news was littered with stories of child abduction, murders, terrorist attacks and the London riots, which showed every day people looting shops, simply because they could. It got me questioning, as a parent and someone with what I believe is a decent set of moral standards, what kind of a world are we living in today? This tidal wave of bad behavior, negativity, the want it now culture and a dangerous obsession with the need to become famous was to me is like a wall of deafening sinful noise. I used that as my inspiration and chose to portray that noise in the haunting beauty of a symphonic orchestra.
Select two songs from Symphony of Sin and what inspired the lyrics.
Firstly, our first single from the album “Evil & Divine” is a story is based upon the tale of ‘The Watchers‘ who were a group of rebellious angels, some 200 strong, whose sole purpose was to watch over the human race. They fell in love with the idea of becoming human and decided to leave heaven and come to down earth. They began procreating with the humans and shared knowledge like mirrors and sorcery that the human race should have discovered over time, ultimately leading to trouble. It was a fascinating subject to think about nevermind write about and we made a pretty cool promo video for this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z24MmgWVQXk.
Secondly, “Unbreakable” is a song that holds a special place in my heart and it has really got people talking over here who have heard it. I think it really has some cross over potential. It’s a song that really came from the heart and speaks of the brotherly bond that existed between the band members during the period when Michael left. It really is a song of positivity and rising above the negativity and adversity and keeping your spirit and vision strong to focus on that better day that will eventually come. I don’t mind admitting that when I received the final mix from Dennis Ward I wept with joy. It was the culmination of two years of sheer hard times and work summed up in a five minute melodic moment, swept away in a tidal wave of emotion.
How does Symphony of Sin compare to the previous Eden’s Curse releases?
I think “Symphony Of Sin” it picks up where “Trinity” left off and also harks back to some of the elements we displayed on “The Second Coming“. I think we have grown as a band and we are very comfortable with what we do now. We try and create music that makes us happy first and foremost and we seem to be blessed that our fans like it too. We are not the type of guys to grab crazy notions and change our style dramatically or anything, so we always set out with a blue print to make an album that sounds like Eden’s Curse. After all, we created this band because it was the type of music we wanted to hear and play. However, at the same time we will try and add new elements here and there. I think the album sounds like classic Eden’s Curse but with a flavour that no-one has ever tasted before. It’s fresh, it’s vibrant, it’s exciting and it’s 100% us.
Who did the artwork for Symphony of Sin and how much input did you have on it?
The artist is Thomas Ewerhard who works for the likes of Avantasia, Edguy and Jorn Lande and he has created all four Eden’s Curse album covers to date. We have complete control over our artwork. Thomas and I work very closely and I always come up with the original vision and try my best to convey my ideas to him and he brings them to life in his wonderfully unique and epic way. The concept is really a “post-Eden” idea where Eve has left the Garden and is living in a barren wasteland accepting that sin is a part of her everyday life. Our debut album cover was a Garden of Eden scene and we brought back the same model from that for the fans. Obviously having a new album with a new singer for the first time we wanted to show them that it was the same Eden’s Curse and Eve certainly helped with that as she is synonymous with the band.
How did Nikola Mijić become involved with the band and what is his musical background?
Nikola is a young Serbian vocalist who sings with Alogia in his home country and also the Hungarian band Dreyelands. He also performed vocals on a Prog project called Expedition Delta. We decided to hold some public online auditions, similar to what Dragonforce did, and even though the quality received was very high indeed, we were looking for that certain “je ne sais quoi”. I was researching on the internet through various media streams and I happened to be browsing on the website of Lion Music who have some killer bands. I came across Dreyelands and liked what I heard from their singer. I jumped to Facebook to see if he had a profile and low and behold he did. I reached out to Nikola and invited him to audition, which he did, and the rest they say is history.
How did Steve Williams of Power Quest become involved with Eden’s Curse? Would Eden’s Curse and Power Quest ever want to do a tour together?
Well, our former keyboard player Alessandro Del Vecchio firstly announced that he was leaving, and that one is actually a success story as he is now Frontiers Records in house producer. He was so busy with his career as a mixing engineer that he said “Guys, you deserve to have someone who can focus all their time and energy on the band”. Alessandro is like family and always will be. So, sadly we wished him well and he actually recommended we talk to Steve Williams, as his band Power Quest had just called it a day (so there goes your touring question). Steve actually auditioned for the band when Ferdy Doernberg left after the second album, and was only beaten by Alessandro and his magnificent voice. We have remained good friends since and it was a very natural decision to ask him to join as he is a great player, songwriter and person and he was looking for his next musical move. The timing was right for us both.
Do you still keep in touch with previous vocalist Michael Eden and how easy or difficult was it to continue on with the band after he left?
Nope, not at all! The whole thing was very easy. Being in a band was back to being fun again and exactly what it was always meant to be about, making music. There was certainly less drama for sure.
When Michael Eden left, did you think about changing the band’s name at all?
Absolutely not! Eden isn’t even his real name anyway. It’s Michael (last name removed per request) and he was previously known as Michael St. Allen in his old band Seven Ten. He created his “stage name” after we gave the band it’s name. It was never his band and he never contributed any original song ideas. Eden’s Curse has always been about the collective and not about any one individual. When he quit on his own accord the remaining members discussed it for like ten seconds … “Do we carry on”? We unanimously agreed that we had come too far and had too much left to say and achieve before throwing in the towel. It was his decision to leave not ours. We asked him to stay several times and he refused. So rolling over and dying or starting from scratch again was just simply not a choice for us. It worked for Iron Maiden when Dianno left and there is a reason for that. We firmly believed that we could get a better singer who would make us better both in the studio and live, and we were right.
What could one expect from a live Eden’s Curse show in 2014?
Steve and Nikola have improved the band visually and musically on the live front massively. Nikola is a very experienced front man who brings an absolute professional approach to his on stage singing and Steve is just a bundle of energy behind the keys. It’s all smiles and solid performances all round, celebrating all four Curse releases!
Has Eden’s Curse ever played here in the States or plan to do so in future days?
Yes, we played at Melodic Rock Fest 2 in Elgin, Illinois. We have no immediate plans and nothing on the horizon in terms of interest, so we just need to see what materializes.
What is your favorite beer of choice and why?
That can change by the week!! Right now I am partial to Mexican beers Corona or Sol with a slice of Lime, or Indian Beer called Cobra (which is great with an Indian Curry) and also the new Iron Maiden Trooper Beer is very tasty. Up The Irons!
If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I would have to say at this point in time opening up for Dream Theater on their current world tour would be frickin’ awesome. We were privileged enough to be personally invited by James LaBrie to open up for them on their 2011 UK shows, their first here with Mike Mangini on board, and the whole experience was simply fabulous. The band, crew and their fan base treated us wonderfully well, so you know exactly what kind of environment you would be going into. I also believe that they would be seeing a vastly improved and better equipped Eden’s Curse this time around.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing Symphony of Sin for the very first time?
Probably a culmination of the hooks, power and melody. This band throws it’s heart and soul into it’s music and I think it shows on every record we make. It’s honest, it’s from the heart and it’s Eden’s Curse.
What’s up next for Eden’s Curse?
We are just finalizing our plans for our first headline tour of the UK in May and some festivals in Europe throughout Summer. In the Fall we would like to head into Europe and do some more shows and we are in discussions with our Management and various promoters in several countries to make that happen. We have also tentatively started some initial song ideas for next album. No rest for cursed 🙂
Any final words of wisdom?
Stay safe, stay warm, stay happy, stay cursed and stay away from eating yellow snow \m/
Eden’s Curse is:
Paul Logue – Bass, Vocals
Pete Newdeck – Drums
Thorsten Köhne – Guitars, Vocals
Steve Williams – Keyboards
Nikola Mijić – Vocals
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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