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Images of Eden - Sunlight of the Spirit - 2005

Track Listing
1. Ascension
2. Kaleidoscope
3. Beyond the Horizon
4. To Live Another Day
5. Dream-Catcher
6. A Midsummer Night's Dream
7. Aladdin

Sunlight of the Spirit
8. part I ~ Emerald Rain
9. part II ~ I Remember When...
10. part II ~ Through October Skies

11. Ethereal
12. Midnight's Tide
Images of Eden originally formed as a solitary endeavor by guitarist/vocals/keyboardist one-man show Gordon Tittsworth who had a distinct vision with plans on one day bringing his music to life and fruition. Having added guitarist Dennis Mullin and drummer Matt Kaiser, Images of Eden synergized and are becoming one of the premier progressive hard rock bands in the Maryland/D.C. East Coast area. The songs from IoE are a heavy progressive rock style with traditional elements and a sprinkling of keyboards. On a scale running from guitar heavyweights like Dream Theater to the more esoteric prog bands, IoE fall into a nice niche right in the middle combining harder-edged guitars with a relaxing overall mood created for the most part by positive-tinged vocals and highly contemplative melodies that all lift the spirit. Gordon is highly emotive and his higher-end, ardent delivery is reminiscent of Geddy Lee and Geoff Tate. You get a real sense that he genuinely lives exactly what he's singing and it's excellently translated into the songs. I preferred the more natural style of piano up front and the synth in the background, but many of the slight production elements that slighted their demo have been significantly improved upon. Images of Eden are ready to move to the next level and hopefully they'll catch a distro deal soon.

Bottom Line: Images of Eden has poetic, consistent vision of better days for us all.

Score 8 of 10.

Link: www.imagesofeden.com
Link: www.myspace.com/imagesofeden
Email: theband@imagesofeden.com


--Nailer 12.09.05



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Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

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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Sunlight of the SpiritImages of Eden
2005
Frank Hill12/13/2005


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