I must start by saying that I am no fan of Gothic Metal or at least I don’t like it particularly, but I do know good music when I hear it. This is one of the best bands I have heard in that genre. One of the problems I have with Gothic Metal normally is that the Metal is taken away to make room for all the female vocalists who sing about the advantages of killing themselves or something and the soft layers of keyboard that are supposed to make me sad.
The album "Faith" by EYES OF EDEN never forgets the necessity of keeping the Metal base and upon that the band builds strong musical symphonies. The instruments are tightly coordinated and I like that the keyboard is not allowed to strangle the guitars. The strength created by guitars, bass and drums is present here and accentuated by keyboard whose melodies are a bit more balanced than most in this genre. Upon this strong fundament the excellent vocalist Franziska Huth has sung her vocals. She has a mysterious voice and a great register and I like that her style is fit for Rock more than the more symphonic voices of many female vocalists. This does not mean that she cannot match the keyboard arrangements, because she can.
All this together makes Faith an album composed by strong melodies and dark tunes standing on the shoulders of solid Metal. With the seducing and skilled singing from the young vocalist this is a strong record. Especially the songs “Star” and “Dancing Fire” are good. If the audience knows quality when they hear it this band should have a chance to climb high on the ladder of Gothic Metal.
(Online October 30, 2007)