Review: EDEN SHADOW’s Epic “Melodies for Maladies”

With the amount of records being released in the present era, ranging from the bedroom to high-class studio productions, it is quite a challenge to satisfy my hunger for music lately. Most of this has to do with the fact that the music being released today lacks sincerity. Maybe I am stuck badly to the old-school understanding of rock music, but even though I try so hard, it happens quite a lot that I cannot understand and enjoy the modern music. The sound of 1970s is my comfort zone.

Eden Shadow from Wales could be described as a true progressive rock metal band with touches of metal here and there, offering well-thought melodies, interesting vocal arrangements, and passages that connect the dots that are quite enjoyable. Ryan Mark Elliott, who is the key person for this project, is a singer and guitarist who absolutely shines on the band’s sophomore studio release Melodies for Maladies. Although his voice tells the story, Elliott does a great work with his guitar — backing up the vocal melody most of times.

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The album opens with “Ventriloquist,” which after a short intro reminiscent of Spanish acoustic guitar players shows that Melodies for Maladies has a lot to offer. With often changes, Eden Shadow distances themselves from delivering just a pure, lifeless showcase of technical proficiency, something that these guys definitely have, but rather presents the work that is alive, dynamic and above all, interesting.

References to various stylistically different artists can be heard in Eden Shadow’s music. Their explorations within Anathema’s or Porcupine Tree’s melancholia speak of that, but the band is not afraid to delve deeper and expand their horizons. As Melodies for Maladies flows by, a listener is taken to a sound-trip that gets more metal-esque. Each of the songs on the album has its own personality, and labelling this record under a single genre would do this band a lot of injustice. As an example, “Burden of Power” is a very hard rock oriented song with sound that recalls Black Sabbath’s Paranoid era.

To summarise, Melodies of Maladies is a record largely based on the progressive rock genre channelling many different elements. This is a true epic, both in length and amount of quality material, which requires quite a few listens to get into it. How far Eden Shadow are ready to go? Time will tell. But for now they are on the right path.

Buy Melodies for Maladies on Bandcamp.