Edge Of Paradise

Edge Of Paradise

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Hollywood (US)


Margarita Monet - Vocals, Keyboards
Dave Bates - Guitar
Gene McEwen - Drums
Kurt Sheaffer - Bass

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On their debut CD "Mask", EDGE OF PARADISE unleash an aggressive, knockout punch of industrial Heavy Metal. Drawing inspiration from the Metal icons, who define prior generations, the band's guitarist Dave Bates, singer Margarita Monet, bassist Tony Franklin and drummer Gregg Bissonette deliver a melodic, Metallic onslaught as evidenced with songs "Thrown It All Away" and "Tail Of The Gun", which have been predicted to become the next "Metal Classics" by RevelationZ Magazine.

Dave and Margarita formed EDGE OF PARADISE in 2011, while working on another musical collaboration "for hire" with a producer in Los Angeles. Margarita explains, "Musically, Dave and I just clicked. During one of the sessions, Dave asked me if I would like to sing on some of his songs, and from that day forward, EDGE OF PARADISE was born". Dave has been writing music for some time, collaborating with talented songwriters, Robin Mcauley (MSG, SURVIVOR) and Ryan Jones, which left the two with a vast library of music to pull from. With a little creative magic between Dave and Margarita, the sound of EDGE OF PARADISE was born. Margarita Monet’s wide ranging vocals talents bring a modern edge to their music and her keyboard playing adds a classical flair and sonic depth to an already heavy guitar riff sound. Dave Bates weaves intricate melodies and shows an innate ability to create catchy rhythmic hooks within the tasty heavy riffing. Guest appearances by Gregg Bissonette (drums) and Tony Franklin (bass) complete the brutal assault in the rhythm section.

The addition of Kevin Katich on drums and Steven Cook on bass in the latter half of 2011 solidified EDGE OF PARADISE's line up. With a plethora of musical tastes and backgrounds ranging from classical to Blues, Metal and Hardcore, EDGE OF PARADISE shows no limitations with their writing ability and style. September 15th, 2011 marked the release of the band’s debut CD "Mask”. The CD debut #6 most added at Metal radio and consistently hovered around the top 40 finishing 2011 at #41 on the loud chart. The year 2012 Found EDGE OF PARADISE in need of a line-up change. Drummer Gene McEwen (ARMED FORCES, STEEL PROFIT) was brought in to complete the new EDGE OF PARADISE line-up. The group immediately began writing music to showcase the bands maturity and define the direction that was pre-empted by “Mask”. The band plans to release a new single in March with the legendary Michael Wagener slated to mix. The band is excited to release the new song, which they feel “will be a showcase for the staggering growth and maturity we have achieved since the release of the “Mask”. During one of their past live shows, Music Connection Magazine described the band “as a tight, well-oiled machine". The band is now ready to bring that machine to the people, and will be looking to tour heavy to spread the sound of EDGE OF PARADISE!

"Mask" features 9 stellar tracks, highlighted by "Falling Down", "Tail Of The Gun", the title track "Mask", and modern-day power ballad "We Breath".


"Mask" (full length) - 2011

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What drew my attention in this modern band is that although it's female-fronted, the music has nothing to do with the cheesy Gothic we usually get when a good looking singer is involved. No, "Mask" has a clear and heavy direction with down-tuned guitars and very good leads. Clearly EDGE OF PARADISE's driving force is Dave Bates who has put together a killer collection of riffs and leads with a hearty Zakk Wylde-influenced vibrato. As far as the vocals are concerned, I have some objections for the ultra-high pitched screams, but I am sure that the new music will fit Margatita's voice and thus she will not have to push her singing range that high. The bottom line is that EDGE OF PARADISE have the potential to improve and I am sure this will be the case for their next album. Check 'em out!

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