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Edensong with
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"A great example of the contemporary face of progressive rock."
Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

EDENSONG's history as a band is just as long, epic, and unpredictable as its music. The 2018 lineup includes long-time members like viking-bearded singer/guitarist James Schoen, second singer and bass playing hobbit/spider-demon TD Towers, and hypnotizing “dancing muppet” flute player Barry Seroff. They are joined by the virtuosic koto player and composer Kento Iwasaki, and drummer Nicholas DiGregorio, whose improvisational skill, jazz background, and hallowed status as a longtime friend of the band (largely responsible for turning the founding members onto prog in the first place!) makes him the perfect addition to the lineup.

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The band's self-released 2008 debut The Fruit Fallen was hailed as a "masterpiece" by critics, and helped to pave the way for live shows where Edensong shared the stage with acts ranging from Ozric Tentancles to Kings X to Discipline, and notable festival appearances throughout North America, including EDENSONG's first appearance at Progday in North Carolina, Three Rivers Progressive Rock Festival in Pittsburgh, PA, and Festival Terra Incognita in Quebec City.

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Edensong's followup, Years in the Garden of Years, was released in September 2016 through The Laser's Edge. The concept record further explores the band's intricately composed eclectic orchestral rock style, but infuses it with more energy and sheer power. The melodies are more memorable, the riffs more powerful, the flute playing more inventive and propulsive. The songs prominently feature immersive new textures, from lush keyboard and orchestral arrangements to esoteric percussion from around the world, such as hang drum and Balinese gamelan.

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Thanks to the massive response Years in the Garden of Years received from the progressive rock community, and sagacious guidance from some of the genre's luminaries, EDENSONG made a stunning return to live performances in 2017, with a US/Canada tour and several festival appearances including a prominent appearance at RoSfest 2017. By the end of the year, EDENSONG had appeared with Pain of Salvation, Neal Morse, Anglagard and many more.  2018 has been an even more ambitious year for EDENSONG and will mark the band’s first overseas tour in October. The band are incredibly thrilled and honored to be invited back to Progday and can't wait to perform a very special set of past, present and future EDENSONG music with an extended lineup that will feature a reunion with longtime keyboardist Stefan Paolini.

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On The Web:

Edensong Official Website
Edensong on Facebook
Edensong on Bandcamp

Music To Check Out:

from Years In The Garden Of Years (2016):

"Cold City"
"The Atman Apocalypse"

Videos To Check Out:

• Edensong Announces New Lineup
"In The Longest of Days" Official Music Video
"Down The Hours" Live in Quebec, 2017

To hear music from all of this year's bands,
please visit the MUSIC page.

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THE BAND
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JAMES BYRON SCHOEN
(Guitar, Vocals)

BARRY SEROFF
(Flute)

NICK DiGREGORIO
(Drums, Percussion)

TD TOWERS
(Bass, Vocals)

KENTO IWASAKI
(Koto)

STEFAN PAOLINI
(Special Guest - Keyboards)

THE MUSIC

Years In The Garden Of Years cover

Years In The Garden
Of Years (2016)

Echoes of Edensong cover

Echoes Of Edensong:
From The Studio And
Stage (2010)

The Fruit Fallen cover

The Fruit Fallen (2008)
THE WORD

"The best part about this album, as well as others that meet the masterpiece definition, is that each listen brings new discoveries and that it never gets old and like fine wine actually improves with age. It is the finest vintage of the music I love."
- Progologist, PROGARCHIVES

"This band is on fire the whole album through, there's no other way to describe it. ...I can't write enough, this album comes recommended to everyone, this is can't-miss stuff."
- Corcoranw687, PROGARCHIVES

"Years in the Garden of Years is undeniably a progressive rock album, one of those productions placed so much in the center of that universe that it cannot be mistaken for anything else. It's eclectic, filled with variety, and feature enough alterations and changes in tempo and arrangements to keep even a jaded progger happy. The compositions are well worked out too, with excellent mix and production as the icing on the cake. A CD easy to recommend to any progressive rock fan with a taste for the eclectic and more adventurous parts of the progressive rock universe."
- Windhawk, PROGARCHIVES

"The genre hopping nature of the album makes it a very interesting listen as there's never a moment where you can really know what's going to come next… And even with the mix of styles Edensong incorporate into their music it never feels forced or lacking cohesion. It's not the kind of record where any individual track can be pulled out as a highlight so perspective listeners can get a feel for the release as the experience really does need to be taken as a whole to get the full effect and to hear everything that the band has incorporated into the album… If you like progressive music at all you won't want to be missing a single second of Years in the Garden of Years."
- METAL MUSIC ARCHIVES

"Edensong are a true progressive rock band. There’s no neo-prog, no modern prog. This is old school prog… they are not a listless band that is stuck in the 90s neo prog movement. Instead, Years In The Garden Of Years has a timeless sound…"
- PROGRESSIVE MUSIC PLANET