~ James Hawkins
Defeated Eden is a progressive metal/hard rock band from Albertville
Alabama. The band formed in May of 2009 drawing influences from a wide
variety of music including many different genres consisting of Metal,
Metal-core, Hard Rock, Experimental, Math-Core Metal, Classical, Blues,
Djent, Classic Rock, Inde, Punk, and Psychedelic.
Song one: So Hard To See - a spirited opener,
has a "here we go now" feeling of forward propulsion. It's anthemic, a
bit of Iron Maiden meets Children Of Bodom. The vocals are mostly
melodic/clean, and do not sound auto-tuned. I hope they stick to their
guns about the no AutoTune.
What is it about metalcore growls
that's different from death metal growls? Death metal vocals tend to be
more about the sound, texture. Not angry - more demonic, feral, maybe
even a bit detached - occasionally reptilian. By Contrast, metalcore
harsh vox make me feel that they are definitely supposed to sound
EMOTIVE. As in, angry, forceful. Which, from a 17-20 year old, can sound
a bit strident at times. By contrast, the clean-sung vocals tend to
sound more detached and cool-temperatured. You notice the melody more
than you think about the character or mood of the person singing them.
Uh oh, on Simple Message at 2:19, here comes the AutoTune. At that
point I thought I was going to hear a lot of AutoTune, but after that I
didn't hear it anymore, so it was an anomaly.
These guys can
definitely play. There is some natural swing going on in the guitars
(which I like), but they are playing some tricky parts, and they play
them with alacrity and aplomb (as George Gobel used to say).
The song Eve starts with a breakdown. For the uninitiated, breakdowns
are as intergal to metalcore as High Fructose Corn Syrup is to white
bread. I imagine that some years ago, a well-inteded 'core band decided
to add a chuggy halftime section to make their thrashy death metal song
more intense and dynamic. And when they did, a bunch of kids with white
belts and combovers broke into spontaneous faux martial arts moves. And
the venue owner said "when can we get you guys back??" And the world
would never be the same.
Endless Calamity has some tricky time changes and tight two-part vocal harmonies. The drummer is really good.
Fidelis Eternus has clean, dynamic, arppegiated guitar, with spoken
vocals. This song and Blood Of Our Statues are the most experimental,
non-typical songs offered here, and the most compelling to listen to.
Overall, this is technically solid and proficcient stuff. I would love
to see them branch out and become more experimental, breaking out of the
stylistic confines of this genre. But if metalcore is your thing, these
guys deliver the goods.