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Images Of Eden – Angel Born

Images of Eden is a fearless concept band that brings together familiar, well-loved elements of metal and rock combined with their own unique vision, message and delivery. The result is a distinct musical hybrid that speaks directly to the struggles and tribulations of the listener. The album Angel Born is their last effort.

Musically, Images of Eden draws its inspiration from a hybrid of modern hard rock combined with classic metal, creating a modern sound rife with progressive elements and impassioned, unfeigned vocal delivery.

Each release from Images Of Eden is a chapter in the tale of a life’s journey, dealing specifically with the trials and darkness that each of us must face in this world, each track is meant to inspire the listener to overcome these obstacles through human perseverance strengthened by guidance from above. The distinct vision that gives Images of Eden its identity is about drawing strength and determination from faith to see us through our toughest times, but what makes IoE stand out as one of a kind is that its message is simultaneously accessible to everyone while still speaking to the listener on a very personal level.

Images of Eden first sparked into existence in 1998 as an ambitious concept in the mind of founder and vocalist Gordon Tittsworth. Staring down a fateful crossroads in life, Gordon Tittsworth found himself headed in an unusual direction and envisioned a band completely unique in scope and sound. Knowing that in order to bring this new vision to life the core concept would have to remain undiluted and that he’d have to be uncompromising in his goals, Gordon parted ways with his previous band. Stepping into the studio in September 1999 with only a session drummer, Gordon recorded Images of Eden’s debut album (to later be known as Chapter I) with the goal of producing a one of a kind proof-of-concept. Filling in the rest of the band’s instrumentals himself, Images of Eden was now more than a mere vision: it had been given flesh and bone, and was already evolving into something more.

Images of Eden’s vision being as distinct as it is made it easy for Gordon to hand pick like-minded artists to ensure that the band would always move in right direction. The proto-lineup of musicians in IoE’s early days cemented the band’s spot as a remarkable force on the local scene, and before long Images of Eden had shot up the local food chain. Through winning a battle of the bands competition and several performances later, Images of Eden was rapidly gaining notoriety and now had teeth. Gordon took hold of the band’s momentum and was already at work on IoE’s next release: Sunlight of the Spirit. The track Fight The Good Fights,

«On the making of the music video, director and drummer Steve D. Dorssom says, The video we did for this song is totally EPIC!! We wanted to show the life struggles as a musician––the thankless job it is, the hard road, tough times and the heart and dedication it takes just to make it to the stage. I think we caught a REAL’glimpse of that».

When asked about the inspiration behind recording a unique, dynamic cover of Triumph’s Fight The Good Fight, Images Of Eden explains, «We sort of received a ‘nudge’ or ‘message’ to do this song as an afterthought to the new Angel Born record. Once we started recording/ filming, everything seemed to fall right into place and come together in a magical way! Triumph was tremendous in its day and this song has not been touched before, so we thought it was the perfect song to do in ‘IOE style’. It was definitely tough to cover, but the message is exactly what we are all about, and ‘Fight The Good Fight’ is the most perfect anthem for the times we are facing in the world right now!».

Released through Nightmare Records, Sunlight Of The Spirit was Images Of Eden’s first taste of international notoriety. IOE was now seeing airplay across the globe, with Sunlight of the Spirit landing on the number 17 spot on domestic college radio charts. Images of Eden supported the album through a multitude of live performances during the era of Sunlight of the Spirit, until just before work on their third record began. As a concept IoE’s goal would never change, but a person’s goals may, and just before the work began on their next release the group’s original lineup parted ways.

Gordon found himself essentially starting from scratch. He continued writing what would become the band’s third release, appropriately titled Rebuilding the Ruins. Along the way IoE picked up a few new members, including Dean Harris, who would go on to be the band’s permanent keyboardist. Dean is a classically-trained keyboard/ piano player with decades of live performance experience to his credit. By 2010 the group was back in the studio and recorded Rebuilding the Ruins, which would go on to be released through Nightmare Records the following year. The album built on Images of Eden’s past success, and once again the band was seeing international airplay. Rebuilding the Ruins was received well by critics, and was compared to giants of the genre such as Fates Warning and Dream Theater, and in early 2016 the album’s title track made it to the number 1 spot on N1M’s hard rock/metal charts for the state of Pennsylvania, and made it to number 5 nationally. “Human Angels”, also from Rebuilding the Ruins, jumped 90 spots and was ranked #1 in March of 2016.

The band’s momentum was undeniable at this point, and the individual notoriety the group members had gained led to another restructuring of the lineup as a few members parted ways to pursue their own goals. This turn of events would eventually see the addition of full-time percussionist, Steve Dorssom. A veteran of the metal scene, Steve is also the percussionist, manager, and one of the founding members of the internationally renowned metal band, Born of Fire (which also featured Gordon Tittsworth as lead vocalist in 2014). Steve’s also an accomplished Film Director & Producer with several award winning music videos to his credit. Also joining the lineup was seasoned bass player Eric Mulvaine (who has play ed with drummer Steve Dorssom in the recent past and at the beginning of both their musical careers), would become IoE’s permanent bassist. In Spring of 2019, IOE brought on veteran Phoenix, AZ-based lead guitarist, Victor Morell, who was also a long-time member of Born of Fire. Steve and Victor have a 25 year band history together in both Born of Fire and Pyschic Pawn (early 90s). Images of Eden was now a force to be reckoned with.

Today, Images of Eden finds itself amidst a perfect storm: a lineup comprised of professionals of the genre that have spent decades honing their talents, with new material that’s more polished and masterfully executed than ever while still remaining genuine to the band’s original vision. Images of Eden is poised to unleash its full potential on the world of metal.

The band’s 4th studio album Soulrise (produced by the legendary, Bill Metoyer) was released on August 17, 2018 through Pavement Entertainment. The band subsequently went on a full coast-to-coast US tour with Metal Church and Doro Pesch (the voice of Warlock) in support of Soulrise. On April 23, 2020, the band released its first video single, Autumn Is Burning in preparation for their 5th studio album, Angel Born to be released on Pavement Entertainment on March 26, 2021.

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6715 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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