1. Anthem of Hate
2. Flames for Hades
4. The Not Self
5. Unsolved Aggressions
6. Life Not Death
7. Searching the Loss
8. Crawling Erect
9. Infecting the Lie
11. Three Words
Release Date: 30 March 2012 – Pure Steel Records
“Is the X the solution?”
When the general power metal at the end of the ‘90s was at its down, some new bands were there to overthrow everything and New Eden was one of them. The additional clue of their erupted personality was their will for authentic music full of speed and demonic riffs and of course the screams in the voice of James Rivera. “Obscure Master Plan” is by far their best recording and one of the best albums in the US metal. Now eight years after
their last album “Stagnant Progression” they will release their new album “Solving For X”, which has something different.
Firstly, it cannot touch the level of their best magnum opus of 1999 and I am not sure if their attempt to leave behind the biggest part of the US ideas and to adopt a character more European is something that will exonerates them. For example the first two songs “Anthem Of Hate” and “Flames For Hades” have nothing to offer to the listeners and I am talking about fresh
ideas. I do not have any problem with music parts that have been played before by others, but the point is if there is the touch of freshness. Also, what made me sense was that the band can easily change its style from power to clear prog if they will want it. For example the introduction of “Flames For Hades” it is just like a part of Voivod and the last song of the album “Three Words” has all the clues for a prog song come from the era of the ‘70s. Curious but I really like it.
The best songs are “The Not Self” and “Watcher”. Despite the fact that they are only two they have something from the tradition sound of New Eden, eruption, power and flame for touch riffing. But unfortunately two songs are not able to change the whole image of the album. Rod Arias is the new singer and in some songs he is really good while in some others he is trying to do
something that does not fit him. In “Unsolved Aggressions” he is singing so aggressively on a way to be in the same rhythm with the music that the image is tainted. I do not want to offend him or the band; I just write what I listened to.
Also another drawback is the production, it is too pure and not so clear and this is going to be a problem for the listeners, because it will be too tired for them to hear the whole album. I think that the change of the direction is not something bad especially when you decide that you want to do something new and if this is happening in New Eden then I have no objection. But if
they have more ideas that are similar to their powerful past, I am with them and I will support this thought.
Review by Dr. Feelgood