REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS (Rebuilding The Ruins)
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3/2011: Stephan Sileghem (Metal To Infinity)
2/22/2011: Lars Bjørn (www.ice-vajal.com)
2/22/2011: Craig Hartranft (www.dangerdog.com)
2/3/2011: Jeff B. (Sea of Tranquility)
1/2011: Mat Coe (www.blistering.com)
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"It needs to be said that Gordon is a world class musician who actually deserves plenty of more attention from the outside world than he got so far.... this is what I call a world class singer!"
- Stephan Sileghem (Metal To Infinity)
On Rebuilding The Ruins, Images Of Eden proves itself a force to be reckoned with in the progressive metal genre- fans of Dream Theater, Symphony X, Fates Warning, Shadow Gallery and Queensryche will do themselves a favor by checking this out. Quality musicianship and production when combined with spiritually themed lyrics will help make the album rank with the finest of 2011. I see Images Of Eden staying relevant for years to come.
- Andrew Rockwell (Angelic Warlord)
“Rebuilding the Ruins goes far into announcing Images of Eden as one of those bands to be reckoned with in the Progressive Metal genre. From deft songwriting to stellar musicianship to top notch production, Rebuilding the Ruins is a force... The imagery, the passion, the understated and overstated themes … it all comes together to make Rebulding the Ruins one of the most unique releases you will be fortunate enough to hear all year long …"
- Derric Miller (Hard Rock Haven)
“A majestic and uplifting triumph.”
- Matthew Bankes (Rising Forces USA)
Review by Stephan Sileghem- http://users.telenet.be/metaltoinfinity/ImagesofedencdreviewRebuildingtheruins.htm
A few years ago, Metal To Infinity co-editor Patrick De Sloover did the review for Images Of Eden’s album called “Sunlight Of The Spirit”, released in 2006 through Nightmare Records. In the end, Pat decided to give the effort a well deserved, very good rating. We hoped on a quick follow up to this CD but finally, the wait lasted 5 years, quite a long time actually. To forget and forgiven their absence in the world of Progressive Hard Rock and Metal music for the past five years – I'm glad to spread the word of third and brand new full length CD called “Rebuilding The Ruins”, international available through Nightmare Records since March 01 – 2011.
The man that gave birth to IOE named Gordon Tittsworth back in 1999 is still present in the nowadays line up of the band. Gordon is a very promising multi instrumentalist who has a godlike, unique voice and he is also ultimate competent based on the deliveries of outstanding rhythm and bass guitar works – if that isn’t enough, he’ll push you to the limit with extraordinary additional keyboard lines as well. Hell no, I won’t forget to tell he’s also the master brain behind the Images Of Eden song writings. It needs to be said that Gordon is a world class musician who actually deserves plenty of more attention from the outside world than he got so far. On the new album “Rebuilding The Ruins” he got musical support from lead guitarist Dennis Mullin, piano / keyboardist L. Dean Harris and drummer / producer Chris Lucci.
Playing the first song of the album ‘Crosses In the Sand’, my ears are pleased with a great sound quality and an amazing song structure. As told before, superb and very clean vocals in the vein of godlike frontmen such as Geoff Tate, James Labrie and Ray Alder – musically based, they take my breath away due to loads of excellent guitar rhythms and a stunning lead guitar demonstration. While reaching the end, the song becomes into a flow acceleration – brilliant! It’s obviously clear that fans of Fates Warning, Symphony X, Dream Theater, Katagory V and Queensryche will have a wonderful time checking out this new IOE effort!
These guys are professionally able to set their songs in a very attractive manner… technical and groovy, power guitar riffage alternating with heartfelt melodic parts delivered by a competent profession axeman. Leader of the gang Gordon Tittsworth knows how to work out a decent song structure, be sure about that! Nice and easy on the ears comes a song called “Memories Unbroken” – every now and than, this one takes me back into the days of another great ProgMetal act named Katagory V and I'm very happy with that. Along with track entitled ‘My Stigmata’ comes some more speed up rhythms from both groovy guitar riffings and rums – all perfectly worked out and another masterpiece to listen at. “Children Of Autumns’ starts in a melancholic way with superb vocals and as soon as the piano begins to pluck, the song reached another, more powerful level including a fantastic guitar solo and even more pleasant moves to enjoy with full force.
One of the most awesome songs for me is the one that close the final curtain entitled ‘Sunlight Of The Spirit Part V – Images Of Eden’. Make yourself comfortable for at least 12 minutes of Progressive Metal at its best. Guitars those who bring on a lot of high power and energy and when it comes to the solo works, I feel myself rising up to seventh heaven… beautiful shreds that takes you by the throat! During the entire album, I only hear magnificent vocals… loud and very clear, near to high pitched actually, this is what I call a world class singer! Long story short, make notice of this awesome last track from Images Of Eden’s new album “Rebuilding The Ruins” and please … don’t come tell me afterwards you didn’t like this great composition. If you still do I absolutely refuse to believe you anyway.
Progressive Metal became some kind of a world based hype – I got my own so called “progfaves” and you got yours which is a fair deal to me. To make myself more understandable, Images Of Eden’s new output deserved my complete attention and gets a whole package of total appreciation. Because of the fact, the entire concept of “Rebuilding The Ruins” (running time: 74+ minutes!!) is very qualitative / professional, I’d like to tell you all – this is one of my favourite Progressive Hard Rock / Metal discs at the moment. Check them out right HERE or http://www.myspace.com/imagesofeden .
My Points: 93 / 100 (Review by Stefan)
Review by Lars Bjørn- http://www.ice-vajal.com/i/CD/imagesofeden.htm:
What a great CD we get from the very interesting American band Images Of Eden. Their new album Rebuilding The Ruins is full of spectacular music from one end to the other. It sounds like they are inspired by Aerosmith, but in fact several of the songs has a basic rhythm and creation that makes you think of Deep Purple due to symphonic and bombastic epic attack, intelligent in a way that the feelings are sitting on the outside of the clothes. Images Of Eden successfully uses keyboards to give more volume on some songs, so lets take a look at what we are sitting with from Rebuilding The Ruins.Tribal Scars is released as their first single off the album, a symphonic expose that holds good rock quality, but only gives part of the story of how complex Images Of Eden really are. In my view most material have a surface varying between epical, hard rock that is getting heavier by the moment, examples: Crosses In The Sand, Sorrow's End, Rebuilding The Ruins, Children Of Autumn and also Sunlight Of The Spirit, but just underneath the surface lurks the power that is so vital and yet indulged on the entire album. It's a great technique to have that power behind the songs without letting it dominate it completely. Maybe their style is a bit confusing, but this 3rd album from Images Of Eden makes an impact only few bands does.
(9 out of 10 stars)
Review by Craig Hartranft- www.dangerdog.com:
When you find an American metal band that doesn't do the latest trends of death metal, melodic or otherwise, metalcore, deathcore, hardcore metal, or some other such 'core' nonsense, you must sit up, take notice, and listen. Images of Eden is such a band, offering strong (American) progressive metal. Oh yeah, they're local boys based out of Red Lion, York County, Pennsylvania about 45 minutes from Dangerdog HQ. Rebuilding the Ruins is their third full-length release, the first since 2006's Sunlight of the Spirit.
After just a single spin, it's clear that five years is to long to wait to hear from Images of Eden. Rebuilding the Ruins rivals their American brethren like Dream Theater or Symphony X, but also their kin across the Atlantic, where melodic progressive metal has never waned.
Rebuilding the Ruins displays a more mature Images of Eden. The song craftsmanship is superb, equally entertaining as it can be complex. Witness Human Angels or The Sunlight of the Spirit Part IV which closes the album. IOE can develop a song on a foundation of heaviness and deliberate riffs as found on the title track; it pummels with a metal spirit. Sometimes Images of Eden envelopes the progressive with the vigor of power metal as on Crosses in the Sand. Later, My Stigmata intrigues by combining heaviness with the melodic and symphonic.
Clearly, besides the fine song craftsmanship and musicianship, one of IOE's additional strengths is lyrical depth. When's the last time you heard a song based on the poetry T.S. Eliot? Native of this Land was formed from a snippet of the Eliot poem Little Gidding. I can't say its a favorite track, but it's quite a proficient display of what makes progressive music viable.
For pure progressive metal from an American band, Images of Eden's Rebuilding the Ruins casts them into the category of 'a band to be reckoned with' in the present, and future, for that matter. The only drawback (possibly) to this album is its length: there's quite a bit to absorb here. Thankfully, it's all better than average to excellent. I'm just wondering if Images of Eden should not have saves some for album number four. Maybe we wouldn't have to wait so long for that next album.
Strongly recommended! (4.75 out of 5)
Review by Jeff B. (taken from Sea of Tranquility):
Images of Eden has been silently making waves in the underground U.S. progressive metal scene for quite some time now, and Rebuilding the Ruins is now their third album. What was once upon a time a one-man act is now a full-blown band with plenty of assets to win over a new legion of prog metal fans. Rebuilding the Ruins is a very strong album from beginning to end, and, although it suffers from a few genre clichés, it's an impressive effort from this American quartet. People who've enjoyed the band's previous outings, or enjoy traditional prog metal in general, should definitely check this one out. These guys wear their influences on their sleeve, but they wear them proudly, and have delivered a killer third album here.
Rebuilding the Ruins is progressive metal played in the old-school U.S. style. Obvious points of reference are bands like Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Queensrÿche, or Psychotic Waltz. As such, this isn't the most revolutionary formula out there, but the delivery and compositional prowess of Images of Eden is enough to make up for their somewhat derivative approach. The compositions are generally very memorable, the musicianship is professional, and the sheer emotion they inject into their music is impressive in itself. Just listen to songs like "Children of Autumn" or "Sunlight Of The Spirit Part IV- Images Of Eden" and you'll understand how this band puts their heart and soul into every note they play. My biggest issue here is ultimately the playing time, which almost reaches the 74 minute mark. Although there's plenty of variation to keep me entertained, I could see Rebuilding the Ruins benefiting greatly from a shorter length (somewhere in the 45-50 minute range maybe).
Rebuilding the Ruins is a great album by Images of Eden that I would strongly advise fans of American-sounding progressive metal to take a listen to. There are enough memorable hooks, breathtaking instrumental runs, and interesting compositions to keep me coming back for more and more. If you're a fan of Fates Warning and Dream Theater, checking out this album will be a mandatory benchmark for 2011. I'll go with 3.5 stars here - Images of Eden has created some standout material that's surely worth looking into.
Review by Matt Coe (taken from Blistering.com):
[7.5/10] Five seems to be a magic number in the Images Of Eden circle. It showcases the number of years between studio releases, with Rebuilding the Ruins their third release and first since 2006’s Sunlight of the Spirit. Not that leader Gordon Tittsworth has been idling his time away - he also performs with two other bands in Dread the Forsaken as well as All Too Human. The act that garners his attention most is this progressive metal unit, and one that matches a lot of the skill set from the bigger bands of this subgenre based on the following 74-minute record.
Gordon tackles lead vocals, bass, rhythm guitar, and additional keyboards and his talent appears to be in sync with much of the late 80’s/early 90’s movement with Fates Warning and Queensryche especially on tracks like “Crosses in the Sand” and “Tribal Scars.”...
As far as being a progressive voice, Gordon prefers to sustain notes in a mid-range to higher pitch delivery, much like older Geoff Tate or Mike Baker of Shadow Gallery on winning tracks like “Human Angels” or the Native American influenced “Native To His Land.”...
Overall, Rebuilding the Ruins contains all the requisite musicianship interplay and complex songwriting everyone envisions while also remembering to keep the focus from time to time on shorter, catchy choruses and melodies. Probably will gain wider appreciation with the ProgPower crew than with conventional metal followers.