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Eden Sands: Living Kills
Melodic Metal/Hard Rock
Rating: 3.5/5.0

Eden Sands is another band from France in the next generation of melodic metal and rock. Their first full length album 'Living Kills' is a good debut, a better than average work that shows skill and promise. It may even be enough to give them some attention in the highly congested European market (they would never fly in America's current dismal music scene).

The meat of Eden Sands material begins after the opening number, 'Path Of Life,' an unremarkable straight melodic metal song. With 'Golden Fangs Hungry Dogs' I sat up and took notice. It has an interesting bass line, better guitar work and some progressive dimensions. 'Scream' is also good melodic metal: the riffs are stronger and the tempo steady. Eden Sands attempts some dirty vocals, but they should drop this quickly; it does them no good. A better cut is 'You'll Sink' which adds some female vocals to an already strong melodic metal/rock motif. The fret work is average, yet still delivers some appeal. 'Run' reminds more of melodic hard rock with it's steady pace, strong vocals, and catchy arrangement: it's my favorite track 'Mother' ends the core of this work with a fast and heavy arrangement that reminds one of power metal. What follows is generally entertaining but ordinary.

In the end, End Sands shows creativity and talent in their first major project. With 'Living Kills,' they have hit the ground running. With perseverance and continued creativity, I think they could be a first class act. Recommended for fans of the melodic metal.

In Short

In the end, End Sands shows creativity and talent in their first major project delivering basic melodic metal that ventures into melodic hard rock. With 'Living Kills,' they have hit the ground running. With perseverance and continued creativity, I think they could be a first class act.

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