Rising from the depths of Southern California, The Edge of Paradise are proving to be one of the most formidable talents in the community of rising heavy metal groups. The band is led by vocalist Margarita Monet, whose unique voice serves as the medium for a wide spectrum of emotions.
With their debut album ‘Immortal Waltz,’ The Edge of Paradise establishes a hard hitting disposition for the up-and-coming unit.
The band immediately jumps off to a racing head start with “Perfect Shade of Black,” a song highlighted by haunting string arrangements that quickly escalates into an explosive compilation of driving bass lines and crushing guitar work.
“Ghost” serves a welcome change of pace, reducing the tempo to a reflective ballad, but don’t be fooled by the slow introduction. The track showcases a slamming melodic chorus that puts complete attention on Monet’s vocal abilities. Through performances such as these, it’s no wonder that the newborn collective has already had supporting roles for symphonic metal heavyweights Kamelot.
As Margarita says for the track: “This song is about regret, giving up on something and someone and having that haunt you for the rest of your life. Personally that’s my biggest fear, I don’t want to regret anything, so don’t be afraid to pursue your dreams and desires, you only get one chance at this life.”
These sentiments are fully expressed here and throughout, as we carry into what is perhaps the strongest moment on the album, “In a Dream.” This very well may be the defining song on this debut; the listener is carried across spanning dynamics, dizzying rhythm changes and an anthemic chorus that ignites emotions you may not have known existed.
“Goodbye” injects melancholic elements into the mix that can be interpreted on many different levels, while overall showing yet another side to this band. “Immortal Waltz” is a poetic reference to the cycle of life and is meant to inspire the listener to follow their heart’s desires during our one dance.
This breakthrough album from The Edge of Paradise is concluded with a ferocious cover of Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Sea,” which stands as a touching tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio. Once again, the soaring female vocal harmonies serve as one of the driving characteristics here, but there’s no knocking off the solid instrumental work found here.
With ‘Immortal Waltz,’ the members of The Edge of Paradise manage to consistently impress with their formidable breed of hard rock that’s highlighted by wild symphonic arrangements and commendable vocal performances.