Interview

EDEN'S CURSE (English Version - 2013) - Paul Logue (bass guitar)

With such a good new and interesting album, I was curious about some details about it and also about the new line-up. So, I made this interview with Paul Logue, leader of the band, and also such a nice guy !

So, what do you think about the Trinity’s era?


Trinity was a very strong record for us and probably our best received since the debut, and having the opportunity to work with James LaBrie was just simply phenomenal. Even though we played some shows with Dream Theater, we didn't really get to tour the album properly, due to the issues with Michael, so in many ways it did not reach it's full potential. Many of those songs deserved to heard live. However, that's in the past.

For this new album, « Symphony of sin », we can feel that you have added more melodic tunes in it. Isn’t it?!

Yes this is true! Musically it's pretty much were Trinity left off, but for me the main difference is in the quality of vocal hook lines we have written for every part in every song. We deliberately worked hard as a writing unit on this, and major kudos go to our Drummer Pete Newdeck who is an extremely talented hook writer. He is instrumental in all those big choruses you hear. A very talented guy for sure!

The song « Unbreakable » sounds like an AOR song. I like the rock vocal lines and that speed music. Can you tell us more about that song?

It's a song that holds a special place in my heart and I think it really has some cross over potential. Unbreakable started as a musical idea from Thorsten which we re-arranged to create the what you hear today and Pete and I began working on the lyrics and vocal melodies. It's a song that really came from the heart and speaks of the brotherly bond that existed between the three of us. It really is a song of positivity and rising above the negativity and adversity, 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 which swept me away in a tidal wave of emotion.

You’ve found and took Nikola Mikic as your new singer, and he’s a good one; replacing Michael Eden who was also good. How did you manage to find Nikola?

Well, initially we held some public online auditions, similar to what Dragonforce did, and even though the quality received was very high indeed, we were looking for that "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 a Hungarian Prog band called 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. We got to know Nikola over several months and actually gave him the job in December 2012 but AFM wanted us to keep it quiet and press ahead with recording the album and then announce his appointment. He is a lovely soul, and really one of "us". We are pretty easy going guys to get along with and he just came in and fitted so well in terms of professionalism, attitude and personality.

We can also find a new keyboard player in the line-up in the name of Steve Williams, known for his works on Power Quest. How was his recruitment?

Steve actually auditioned for the band back in 2009 when Ferdy Doernberg left after the second album, and was only beaten by Alessandro Del Vecchio and his magnificent voice. We remained good friends since and have used each other as a sounding board on many matters as our bands turn in the same circles, so our relationship grew from there. It was a very natural decision to ask Steve as he is a great player, songwriter and person, and also Power Quest had split and he was seeking a new musical venture. Once he heard the new demos it was a no brainer to him and he has walked in and fit like a glove, because he is so affable and 100% a team player.

This time, there is no guest on the album. Is it because of the new line-up members / not to put to many new names on the booklet or is because of a budget reason?!

Well, the guests started on the debut because Michael can't sing harmony vocals. We have no such issues with Nikola! We got David Readman (Pink Cream 69) on board and it grew from there. It became fun, and opened some great doors via James LaBrie for sure, but it was always a big expense and even Michael said after Trinity « let's do it alone next album » because have some great singers in the band. What you actually on the record is all our drummer Pete Newdeck.

I do like the cover artwork. It reminds me some Tim Burton’s universe. Who made it?

Thomas Ewerhard who has created covers for Edguy and Avantasia. He has been our artist from the first album.

I suppose that you’re working on a tour, may be with some dates in France?

We have just started discussions with our Management and booking agents to plan tour dates for 2014. France is definitely on our road map and if we can make it over there this year it would be great. We want to make an impact on the live scene, and now we are all based in Europe there is no excuse now.

This is the end of the interview; feel free to say some words to the readers & fans.

Thanks to all our fans who stuck by us knowing that one day we would rise again. It has been a difficult couple of years for Eden's Curse but I can assure you that we are back bigger and better than ever before. We stand here united, together as one, and we are UNBREAKABLE! See you all on the road in 2014 !!!
 
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