Images of Eden are dropping their new album, Soulrise this Friday, August 17th. This will be their first release on the Pavement Entertainment label.
Soulrise opens up strong with the track, “Harvest.” Busting right out of the gate with heavy riffs and fluid leads, the song segues into what I can best describe as progressive rock mixed with melodic sensibility. Lead vocalist and founder, Gordon Tittsworth possesses an amazing and pitch perfect voice.
With a very lush piano intro, provided by keyboardist, Dean Harris, the band launches into the haunting “Let Me Die Young.” This one has more of a straight-forward modern rock feel and I am completely digging it.
“Shield Me” is the first single and video from Soulrise. Rock solid intro with crunchy riffs and fluid leads, this is easily the best song on the album.
“Moonshine” is a wonderful and breathtaking power ballad with exquisite guitar playing from Carlos Urquidi Perez. Gordon’s vocals are very reminiscent of Geoff Tate or James LaBrie.
Other notable tracks include the moody mid-tempo, “All Is Now Forgiven”, the heavier, “Twice Upon a Time”, and the gentle and introspective, “And There Was One.”
The epic title track, “Soulrise” closes out this grand musical opus, leaving this listener truly gratified.
With a new album on a new label, Images of Eden is poised and ready to make their mark in the world of hard rock and heavy metal. The songs are both complex and accessible. Progressive rock combined with modern metal tendencies is a truly beautiful thing in the ears of this writer. Rating: 7.5/10 Stars.
Contributing Writer for I’m Music Magazine Jason “Supes” Mesa
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