Interview with Michael Eden (ME) and Paul Logue (PL) from Eden's Curse, August 21st 2007
Hi, first off all I just want to congratulate you with your debut album. Are you satisfied with it?
ME: Yes 100%. Thanks for your kind words. Itís always great to hear something supportive from the media. We worked very hard on the album and strived for self perfection. It might not be 100% but itís a sure fire 98%. Things could not be better at the moment.
PL: Thank you! As Michael says we are delighted with the end results. There is an immense sense of pride but as much as we enjoy listening to what we have created we are very surprised by the reactions of the press so far. We could not have dreamed that it would be received as well as it has.
How did you get your name Edenís Curse?
ME: Edenís Curse is a slight concept with that being the story of Adam and Eve. Itís the garden, the chaos and the entire ordeal which ultimately sealed man kindís fate that also spins a perfect backdrop for this one and the name of the band.
PL: And nothing to do with anyoneís surname at all ;-)
Who has produced and mixed the album?
ME: Dennis Ward oversaw the entire deal from start to finish pretty much. And thank god he did. Had we mixed it ourselves I can imagine it being as exciting as a wanna-be recording his demos on a Maxell cassette thinking he is the real deal. Dennis is along way from that. Thank god for the professionals who can see real passion and vision. We are on a crash course for success and nothing less, and itís not always about money!
PL: Results without discussion!
How would you describe your music to any of our readers who may not have heard of you before?
ME: Melodic Hard Rock with intensity, passion and balls! The real deal meets the best elements of days gone by with a modern production. We know our roots are buried deep with inspiration from the biggest metal bands on earth.
PL: Balls to the wall Melodic Metal with an emphasis on BIG everything - except hair!
Do you feel that your sound will evolve in some different direction, in the future, or you will still follow the same path?
ME: Being that Paul does the actual music part Iíd say no chance. Our sound is very set as far as what we are looking for. Iím thinking if itís not broke then donít fix it.
PL: The only differences I may see will be utilising Ferdy a little more. He joined the line-up very late in the day and we didnít have a chance to integrate his immense talents into the sound and songs as much as weíd like to have done. ďFly AwayĒ pretty much encompasses where I see the second album heading Ö although that doesnít mean drop D tuningís all the way! Fans of Edenís Curse never need to worry about the next album as it will always be business as usual.
Who has done the cover artwork to your debut album?
ME: The ultra talented and incredible Thomas Ewerhard who works with only the biggest bands did our artwork. We chose him because he is the best hands down! We could have picked anyone. It was our money that paid this guy. So, when you want the very best you get this guy. Others fail in comparison!!!!
PL: Someone once told us that album covers donít affect sales. Thank god this guy isnít in charge of a record label, oops hang on a minute he is Ö well, sorry about your fucking luck pal! Iíve always been a huge fan of Thomasí work and I said to Mike ďLetís get this guy he is awesomeĒ. Mike wrote me a blank cheque and we hooked up Thomas immediately!
How do you feel about the co-operation with your label, AFM Records?
ME: AFM has done a great job thus far! Done as promised! No bad vibes with them at all. I look forward to doing a few things with them in the future as well. I really have nothing bad to say. They have been good to us.
PL: Professionalism personified is how Iíd sum them up. They have been promoting the shit out of this record and we are delighted with them, and I believe they are delighted with us. It can only bode well for the future.
What tasks presently lie ahead for Edenís Curse?
ME: The promotion of our new album for starters is the first thing on the agenda. Then we will see about a tour and new album. Time killsÖÖÖ..No time like the present!!!!
PL: As they say in Scotland ďIíll talk until I am blue in the faceĒ Ė so weíll do as many interviews as we can to spread the word and tell people about Edenís Curse. As Mike says a tour would be awesome but I guess it all depends on sales. We also have a DVD titled ďThe Making of Edenís CurseĒ which we need to put together. We are targeting a release in time for Christmas. Of course, there is the second album and Iíve demoed around 30 ideas already and after we are finished with all the promo weíll take a well earned break and start afresh in 2008 on the demos for AFM.
Let's speculate - you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice - who would be your ideal touring partners?
ME: Anyone that is with AFM is fine by us. Like bands are cool. I hope something happens and we tour. That would actually be a huge load of fun.
PL: OK, Iíll indulge you Ė Silent Force, Pink Cream 69, Evidence One, Cornerstone and us.
What albums or bands do you believe have had the greatest impact on the history of metal?
ME: There are far too many to list as you are talking the history of metal. You can imagine all the heavy weights. Black Sabbath, Van Halen, KISS, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, AC/DC as well as all of my favourite bands that would take two pages to list.
PL: The punkís got it covered!
Looking ahead, where do you want to be five years from now?
ME: 5 years? DamnÖ.that looks pretty good about now with my crazy lifestyle. Iíd say hopefully finding happiness living the dream. Paul and I are best friends first and band mates second. This guy is with me for life and there ainít no changing that now. NO matter where I go on a daily basis I think of how truly blessed I am to have this guy a part of my world. Iím not the same type of people he has worked with in the past. Iím a tell it as it is kinda guy and he loves it. The direct answer is Iíll do my best to keep this band with Paul alive and kickiní ass!!!!!!!!!
PL: Hopefully going strong with the same line up and a few albums and a couple of tours behind us.
I thank you very much for participating in this interview and sharing this information and your thoughts with us - these last lines are entirely for you. Any final words you would like to round off with - a tip, a recommendation or a thought for the future?
ME: In life you have choices. You can choose the right way or the wrong way. Itís one or the other but not both. I once chose the wrong way and got a second chance with this band. Things in life happen for a reason. If frustration gets you down in life stop everything, turn away and say hey, Iíll make it through all the bullshit and somehow come out okay. Iím proof that you can rise to the top of the highest mountain screamingÖ..Iím a golden god as Robert Plant once did. I might not be a god or god like but I feel like somebody who has been granted a few wishes that certainly came true. Rock Ní Roll and peace to all you guys!! Stay Metal and hang on to everything important! Cheers, Michael.
PL: ďThere was a time in my life when I went searching, For something new, closer to my dreams, I never knew that a world like this existed, Couldnít believe what I found myself inĒ. Our dreams came true and so can yours, keep rockiní and god bless Denmark! Hope to see you on tour !!! Best wishes, Paul.
Interviewed by Peter Laursen
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Album available on AFM Records
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