There is a flood of melodic metal bands out there these days...so much so, in fact, that more times than not, the very good ones get missed by fans and critics alike. One of those bands is Eden’s Curse. They have been around for several years, and while they have made significant strides internationally, they have always seemed to get lost in the shuffle with their releases. While I don’t see that trend changing, I would hope that fans of the more symphonic power metal type music would take the time to discover them. CARDINAL is a very different release for Eden’s Curse; easily the most metal release of their decade long career, and probably the best written material they have ever done. They are one of the tightest bands on the circuit today, and that shows on CARDINAL. Songs like “Sell Your Soul” or “Find My Way” prove the cohesion these guys have developed musically as both songwriters and performers.
PITRIFF RATING - 91/100 - If you like hard, symphonic rock/metal, you really can’t go wrong with CARDINAL. Every aspect of this is great - songs, sound, production, performance. If you are looking for something to get you through the end of the year, CARDINAL is that release for you.