METECH RELEASE: SEPTEMBER
1, 2004 REVIEW: AUGUST
Saints of Eden originated in 1996
doing a re-mix of "Xodus"
on The Nefilim's "Penetration"
single. Cian Houchin (the man responsible
for the lyrics and the music of Saints
of Eden) was, at the time, Nefilim
frontman Carl McCoy's bassist/keyboardist.
His involvement with Carl dates back
to 1993, when The Nefilim released
the track "Chaocracy" on
a Beggar's Banquet compilation.
Soon after the completion of The Nefilim's
"Zoon" album, Cian toured
with the band, playing over 20 shows
before calling it a day in 1997, to
concentrate fully on The
Saints of Eden (as they were called
then). He has released two albums
under this moniker, each powerful,
each very personal. People have complained
about a Nefilim influence but as they
say in England, play fair. Houcin
was instrumental in helping to create
that sound. He can do with it what
"Overload" has been three
years in the making and shows a looser,
more daring Saints of Eden. Sure,
there are tracks which have some elements
of the old style but they are complimented
by songs which, amazingly enough,
contain hopeful words and a guarded
optimistic outlook. The music is a
thoroughly riveting mixture of techno,
electro, metal and straight up rock.
The lead single (as yet to be released
as such) entitled "Overload"
screams along at a terrifying pace,
though a lot of the album is more
textural overall and demands repeated
One can only hope for more from this
band in the future.