What an apt title for this album.
Even though “The Metal Observer” expressly asked labels to stop sending us Metalcore promos several months ago, I find myself here writing up a review for LOST EDEN’s painfully generic but not completely awful Candlelight debut.
Honestly, these guys sound so much like TRIVIUM it is almost mind-boggling. The same blend of thrashy Melodic Death mixed with breakdowns, and the EXACT SAME vocals. Seriously, our friend Mr. Norio has his Heafy impersonation so perfect he ends up sounding more like Heafy than Heafy does. The only thing that doesn’t immediately scream TRIVIUM on “Cycle Repeats” is the occasional use of the keyboard, which makes this album about half a point more interesting.
It goes without saying that you’ve heard this album before. In spite of its absolute lack of innovation, “Cycle Repeats” isn’t too bad. The production is good, the song writing is quite sound in a clichéd sort of way, and Matt Hea- I mean Norio is a pretty decent vocalist, handling clean and screamed vocals quite easily. Maybe if this weren’t the seven thousandth record of its kind I’d heard we’d be looking at a 7.5. As it stands, this is the seven thousandth record of its kind that I’ve heard, so no such luck. If you liked “Ascendancy”, then this is absolutely for you. If not, give it a miss.
(Online March 17, 2007)