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Images of Eden 'Angel Born' Album Review By JD Rich

Images of Eden

Angel Born

Pavement Entertainment

March 26, 2021

Album Review By JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

 

Could it be that the dark clouds of defeat are parting? Is that a glimmer of light at the end of the lonely tunnel? Ever the optimist, I’m going to say yes. Yes, it is. I’ve noticed many new albums pouring through my speakers are full-length manifestations from a year’s worth of secluded creativity. The latest release from Images of Eden reinforces my hunch. Instead of dribbling little crumbs in an effort to stay top-of-mind, Angel Born is a victorious example of perseverance. Almost two years after the last Images of Eden release, this chapter brilliantly showcases an almost entirely new lineup of established professionals. The result is an in-depth journey into what Rock music represents to those who got into it from the start.

Angel Born reveals a new path for the band. Surrender is not an option,​  and previously ingrained boundaries eschewed. Billed as a Classic Metal/Contemporary Rock hybrid, Images of Eden pulls only the best aspects from both camps. This dynamic reaches into the heart of every Rock fan, keeping a strict balance so as not to deter rockers of a more picky persuasion.​ 

This is the album for which fans of Images of Eden have been waiting so long. Angel Born features a tight consciousness of harmonies with plenty of room for equally snug instrumental components. They successfully raise the bar for introspective Rock that can blow your hair back. Founder/singer Gordon Tittsworth expands his vocal repertoire with more confidence, perhaps reaching into experimental territory...and it pays off in a big way. Percussionist Steve Dorssum is a human drum machine that never falters, pounding out beat after beat, the musical equivalent of Atlas holding the world on his shoulders. Bass guitarist Eric Mulvaine is right there with Dorssum, just as relentless and forceful. Guitarist Victor Morell unleashes a huge bag of tricks from one track to the next, expertly meshing top-notch riffs with varying effects for emphasis. Completing the lineup is Dean Harris, maestro of the keyboards. Yes, a Hard Rock band with a keyboardist. It’s not common these days because full-time keys rarely fit in this format, but again, it pays off here. Harris adds more musical dimension in just the right amount (a kind of audio seasoning, if you will) without coming across as dated or cheesy. It all fits together perfectly. The strengths of each piece are highlighted but do not go overboard in one direction or the other.

For a little clarity, take a listen to Images of Eden’s cover of Triumph’s “Fight The Good Fight” here where they transport this well-known classic 40 years into the future with reverence and incorporate their own style to it. That is just one track in a dozen on Angel Born, so polish your halo and prepare yourself to receive brand new Images of Eden on March 26th.​

 

 

 

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