EDGE OF PARADISE
MELODIC ROCK / METAL: California melodic rockers Edge of Paradise put their time to good use during the global pandemic to create their fourth full album The unknown. Starring singer Margarita Monet, guitarist Dave Bates, bassist Ricky Bonazza (now with touring bassist Justin Blare) and drummer Jamie Moreno, the band’s eye-catching cinematic rock / metal brand is commercially appealing, while still being metallic enough. and daring to attract the most hardened. of metalheads. The 10 easy-to-digest tracks, decorated with industrial, electronic and classical influences, are packed with massive hooks, infectious choruses, thrilling grooves and haunting melodies. Plus, Monet’s dynamic vocal range hits that sweet spot every time she opens her mouth.
The album kicks off with “Digital Paradise”, a song about exploring the afterlife using technology. Decorated with a pulsating rhythm and industrial / electronic elements, the catchy chorus entices the listener with its pop-flavored harmonies, while Monet’s understated vocal motif – mixed with his upper register – is highly infectious. The very energetic “My Method Your Madness”, with its swirling carnival melodies, gives the track a manic and dynamic vibe that matches the lyrics very well. Several of the otherworldly tracks consist of a sci-fi vibe and involve a sci-tech storytelling. Lyrically, much of the album touches on what our future might look like with technology, like on “You Touch You Die,” which is all about artificial intelligence. One of the album’s heaviest tracks, “False Idols”, also explores the group’s sci-fi concept even further.
Produced by Howard Benson (Halestorm, My Chemical Romance, Seether, etc.), in collaboration with Mike Plotnikoff (Halestorm, Three Days Grace) and Neil Sanderson (Three Days Grace), helped the band create a massive sounding album, with a stellar mix and mastering by Jacob Hansen (Amaranthe, Volbeat, Pretty Maids). At The unknown, Edge of Paradise has hit its stride. With well-crafted songs, good musicality, a fantastic singer and a strong production team behind them, things have never been better for the band. ~ Kelley Simms