Leaving Eden is an underrated band. Their songs are catchy, fun and glistening with riffs, fills and brilliant vocals. Descending is a fun album that bounces around between different sub genres of rock, hovering briefly on the radio friendly side before jumping back to the heavier side. Overall, the album is worth investigating.
The best description of Leaving Eden’s sound came in an email interview I did with them a few months ago. When I asked Eric about their sound he told me this story:
“We were at a large recording studio meeting to record an album and the person had a white board and literally drew a box. Then [they] said you guys are here, here and here pointing outside the box and said you really need to be here and pointed Inside the Box. I stood up and I said so you’re saying we need to be in that box? Yes, I guess that is what I’m saying. I said thank you very much have a good day and left.”
Even though they are labeled “extreme rock”, Leaving Eden doesn’t fit into any mold, and they pave their own way. They did, after all, produce this record on their own. As an independent author, I respect them for this choice. It isn’t easy doing something like this without having the resources of a big studio.
Descending has tender moments and hardcore moments. There are songs for fans of slower tunes. Naturally, Eve shows off her vocals on these tracks, stretching her voice out and bending notes in her trademark fashion. Other times, on the heavier tracks, Eric offers sleazy riffs that get your blood pumping. Then, at one point, they throw in a hint of gospel.
One of the most attractive things about Leaving Eden’s music is how varied it is. While they are a rock band, they incorporate elements from other genres to craft a blend that is truly unique. For example, some of their songs could be construed as metal, or at least hard rock. After listening to Descending all the way through, Eric’s definition of “extreme rock” fits the band well.
Eve’s vocals are something to listen for. She switches up styles with ease. On some songs she delivers lyrics at a quick, rapid fire pace. And on slower songs, she pours emotion over the words as she offers them. At times, Eve sounds a lot like Lizzy Hale of Halestorm. Both singers have powerful voices. Both women know how to warp and twist their voices around different notes and rhythms with precision.
In addition to playing guitar, Eric sings on some tracks. He adds a lower voice to the mix, which balances well with Eve’s range. Together, they’re able to color their songs with a brilliant mix of textures.
Songs Worth Investigating
There are numerous places you could start with this album. There are two basic types of songs on the record: fast and slow. No matter what kind is your favorite, you cannot go wrong by starting at the beginning and listening straight through. This is how I always listen to a new album.
I feel like I should start by mentioning their cover of Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak”. This is the closing track on the album, and the first single from the album. Naturally, this song carries a different groove than the rest of the album. However, it still fits nicely with the rest of their songs.
“Have Mercy” is a different song. It’s slower and categorized by an acoustics guitar and Eric’s soft voice. However, Eve and Eric both sing on this tune, their voices building together, giving the song more depth than some of the others. This is the track with hints of gospel influences. Overall, the has a relaxing feeling.
“Passion and Pain” is a delightful track that lies on the heavy, speedy side of things. The main riff is pretty simple, though infectious. It lodged itself in my head when I started working on typing up my review. This is one of the tracks that features Eve’s rapid fire singing. Moreover, it’s just a fun rock song.