Album Review: Saints Of Eden – Forbidden Pleasures
This, Saints of Eden’s fourth album, take’s goth and industrial as a starting point and adds elements of metal, electronica and dance to create what is certainly a fairly unique prospect.
Following on from his collaboration with ex-Fields of The Nephilim Carl McCoy, Saints of Eden was started by Cian Houchin in 1995, with a view to creating an outlet for his own eclectic ideas. With a pounding metal heart at times, and a more electronic / industrial beat at others, this is a record that takes very little notice of established musical cliques.
The overall vibe is quite gothic, with Cian’s vocals being very much in the classical goth tradition (although unintentionally sounding a lot like 80’s Bowie at times) and plenty of patches of soaring strings, but it doesn’t get too bogged down in this. Phaze Me for instance has a very modern metal intro, then dark and threatening vocals, before it all goes very rave metal with I’m Outside. And it all flows together a lot better than you might expect.
This is by no means an easy album, and is certainly not going to be to a lot of people’s tastes, but it could well be one of those that pick up fans from the most unlikely of places.
- Rip Fire Hold
- Game Over
- Phaze Me
- I’m Outside
- Red Mist
- Lost So Incompletely
- Price Ya Gotta Pay