EP Review: Edge of Paradise / Perfect Shade of Black
Reviewed by: Roger Scales
Perfect Shade of Black is the second release from the L.A. based band Edge of Paradise featuring the partnership of Margarita Monet on vocals and Dave Bates on guitar. Formed in 2011 their first record Mask featured a rhythm section of Tony Franklin and Greg Bissonette added along with Monet and Bates. The album was co-written by rock legend Robin McAuley and was guitar heavy, hook orientated metal but contained many modern progressive elements. Fast forward to 2013 and the new E.P. Perfect Shade of Black picks up right where the band left off and also shows some musical maturity in the songwriting and production as well. Also by adding in a new bass player Nick Ericson and drummer John Chominsky Edge of Paradise has the potential to be one of the top new bands to watch out for heading into 2014.
Perfect Shade of Black was mixed and mastered by Michael Wagner and recorded with Bob Kulick And Brett Chasen at Office Studios. You can tell right from the first track that the production value here is top notch. Now on to the tracks:
“Perfect Shade of Black” is heavy in the vein of like Symphony X with some serious shredding from Dave Bates. Margarita has some really sick range and the high harmonies are very impressive.
“In A Dream” slows down the pace for a bit within the first 30 seconds or so and then the track picks up and we get some of Monet’s best screams of the entire E.P. on the chorus. Not the heaviest song on the record but probably the most radio friendly for sure. Love to see a video for this..
“Break Away” has Bates best riffs on the record. Serious beats throughout and another big chorus. Sounds like a Doro song to me..love it.
“Ghost” is very haunting..no pun intended. It has a very King Diamond feel to it..scary almost. Margarita can almost sound like a small girl at times so if that was the lasting effect wanted..mission accomplished! My favorite track.
“Crash and Burn” is fast, heavy and hard. Some serious bass sounds and some very metal vocals from Monet. You can see the Dio influence that she states is her biggest musical influence on this track.
I expect big things from Edge of Paradise in 2014. The full album will be coming out and more touring as well. Do yourself a favor and give this band a try!