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Edge of Paradise
Mask

Company: Mytone Records
Release: 2011
Genre: Gothic
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Worth a listen



  • Female-fronted bands have seemed to exploded with the popularity of Arch Enemy and Lacuna Coil. When I checked out Edge of Paradise, I wasn't expecting a whole lot but was pleasantly surprised. Lead singer Margarita Monet has a great voice with a surprising range. She can sound like Joan Jett one moment and then like Ann Wilson the next. The back end of the band, being bassist Kurt Sheaffer and drummer Gregg Bissonette, bring things together nicely, adding in some groove and rhythm. My biggest surprise came in the guitar playing of Dave Bates. Dude can rip a guitar up!! Case in point, check out Shredenstein (Frankenstein), a metal cover of Edgar Winter's Frankenstein. The title track "Mask", as well as tracks "Falling Down", "We Breathe" and "Tail of the Gun" are just damn good rock songs and showcase the entire bands ability to craft a good song and run with it. If you are a fan of hard rock, female fronted bands or both, then check out Edge of Paradise. It's worth a listen and they are definitely a band to keep an eye on going forward.


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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