Hailing from Jasper, Alabama, Carmen Childers (vocals), Justin Harris (guitar/vocals), Kyle Stough (guitar) and Cody Eldred (bass) make up Throne of Eden. The band recently released their debut EP entitled ...And No One Knows EP, which contains three songs that build a decent foundation for the band. These songs showcase two sides to the band. The first being the side that embraces metal and the other that is more akin to light alternative music.
Fans of bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Atreyu will instantly gravitate towards the music on this EP. The band contains a similar sound, which I can only imagine over time will become more their own. One of the first things I noticed when listening to “Tombstone Lullaby” was the fantastic production. The production is just about perfect for the music the band plays. Everything lies where it’s supposed to in the mix, which only adds to the visceral impact of the song.
“Tombstone Lullaby” actually starts out quite deceptively. The synthetic bells and pads had a new age type feel but I knew it wasn’t going to last once the guitar abrasively entered into the mix. From there on out the band introduces a nasty bass line and solid drum and guitar work. They pull off some impressive gymnastics as the song reaches an absolute peak around the three-minute mark.
“The Abstract of Sin” is by far the hardest the band gets. It comes equipped with death growls and plenty of twisted guitar playing. The lyrics are just as intense as the music. The vocalist sings, “Is it their place to judge? Who are they to discriminate? / Threats of eternal pain, live life with one intention / Never fear to take a stand. These thresholds, great demands / Strings’ pulled, your fate’s concrete. You’ll drown in self defeat.”
“Forever And Always” is a very different side to the band. They take the distortion off their guitar and deliver a straight up ballad. It’s a far cry from the first two songs. It wasn’t a badly written but probably the least effective of the three.
...And No One Knows EP is a strong debut but ultimately still poses a lot questions. They play a particular brand of metal that will draw a specific niche of metal fans.
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