Edgedown - Statues Fall - (8/10)
Published on April 9, 2014
The world is small sometimes. Very small. I mean, what are the odds of sitting here in Canada, receiving a promo, checking it out and finding out that the band in question comes from a small town about 15 minutes from where I grew up in Bavaria? Freilassing-based quintet Edgedown is beating these odds with their debut album Statues Fall, coming via Massacre Records, and there is no home town bonus necessary for their power metal, because this disc has plenty of merit to stand on its own!
And when I say power metal, I do not mean modern, slickly produced and bombastic, but a bit on the heavier side, with a heavy 80s influence and charm, something that some of the younger bands miss these days. Now this is not to say that Edgedown are old veterans, no, they are just in their 20s, but the foundation of their sound might almost be older than them actually… And the edginess of their songs also goes into vocalist Andreas Meixner’s voice, which is melodic, but has this light edge to it that lends itself to gel greatly with the guitar work.
The intro here is just an intro, nothing special, but with the opening the title track we get a good taste of what Edgedown have to offer us, an upbeat opener with a good lead, good drive and the already mentioned good vocals, nothing fancy, but I don’t think that this was the Bavarians’ goal anyways. Instead we get varied, but never too complex or too simple metal of the traditional kind that should work great in a live environment. While many of the songs are mid-paced, there is enough variety to keep things interesting and different, since the guys know when to accelerate to spice things up and create some nice dynamics (“Shot in the Dark” is the best example for this).
Galloping “In a Dream” and powerful ”Fate” are more examples for the heavier side, while semi-ballad “Wasting Time” and full ballad “Flames” show us the calmer half of the band. Also worth mentioning is “Live Together, or Die Alone”, where the band was able to secure Serenity fronter Georg Neuhauser as guest vocalist and his smoothness works great in conjunction with Meixner’s a little rougher delivery.
What endears Edgedown to me is the fact that while sounding very traditional, they still manage to have this fresh energy electrifying the listener, and also that they know when to speed things up or slow them down to give the songs flow and dynamics. Statues Fall is an excellent debut that shows plenty of promise and could lead this band to become a force to be reckoned with!