Edera - _Edera_
(Independent, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
Within the liner notes, this Italian sextet asks a question about their sound: "Is Edera a prog band?" After numerous listens of this passionate, yet short 23-minute offering, my answer would have to be yes. But while the band does have some prog-like styles (similar to bands like Dream Theater or Jacobs Dream), there is a shroud of darkness that seems to smother their music. Shades of My Dying Bride and Anathema come to mind as the band serenades us with darkened-flavoured numbers like "Left in the Power of the Storm" and "Debris...". Also worthy of note is the strong use of keyboard work -- not too over the top, though, as some bands fall victim to excessive keyboard work, but thankfully Edera does not. It is nice to hear a band from this part of the world that doesn't take upon itself to be as flashy as Rhapsody, rather focus on making good quality music that wallows in sorrow, emotional highs and lows and memorable passages. I look forward to more music from this talented Italian band.

Contact: Valero Valentini, Via Pinamonte Da Vimercate 11,

(article published 12/8/2001)

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