Also Eden have been playing to appreciative audiences since the first gigs in 2005. Here's what the critics have said:
...it is the growing musical chemistry between Harding and Rogers that has now become one of the band's hallmarks. Harding possesses a jagged edginess to his stage persona along with a uniquely powerful and urgent voice while Rogers cuts a dashing, energetic figure who, as well as interplaying almost telepathically with Hodson, has his own signature melodic style infused with light and shade.
The greater part of the set was given over to the current album, the highly acclaimed Think of the Children, still one of the best sellers in F2's catalogue, which centres on Harding's observations on the world in which we are all watched. Starting with Think Of The Children I, Harding then introduced the provocative Oversight, a searing honest narrative into how the all-seeing "Big Brother" camera eye probes into our daily lives. Cijfers has an unashamedly Rush feel to it before it morphed into the highly charged The Greater Game. During this, Harding shows his unique gift for interpreting a lyric with the slightest inflection of voice or movement of hand.
But the stand-out track of the night is Outside In from It's Kind Of You To Ask, with its plaintive keyboard opening lifting up Harding's voice as the song reaches out to reflect on issues such as keeping face and keeping up appearances while our inner selves tell us otherwise. It builds into the most gorgeous crescendo with Harding hitting the most seemingly unobtainable high notes.
Full review here.
With Rich Harding's right foot in a cast, Also Eden might look like like a band that are still healing, but they certainly do not sound it. In fact the group that stand before us today seem stronger than ever and deliver a spellbinding performance of Think Of The Children! in its entirety. The new tracks sound very promising indeed, stepping close towards the brilliance of their influences without compromising originality or identity. Of course, there's that predominant flavour of 80s British greats such as Pallas and IQ, but certain melodic ideas point to a modern sound more akin to Porcupine Tree and The Flower Kings. What really makes this band work is the symbiosis between guitarist Simon Rogers and keyboardist Ian Hodson, who manage to weave almost orchestral sounding layers on top of the solid foundation. It's their twists and turns that showcase what Also Eden do best - snaking around the progressive decades and recalling shades of early Genesis, Pendragon and Fish-era Marillion while remaining contemporary.
Festival Review Link "I was blown away by their set. They were tight and ultra professional. I found them a joy to work with and was impressed with their level of prowess. Again the crowd went wild and the band left the stage with encore cries in their ears."
"Also Eden - I saw them supporting Magenta at the very same venue, Lydney town hall, in 2007. That was the first time I'd seen either band, and I remember on that occasion thinking Also Eden weren't bad, but they were totally blown away by Magenta. Two years on and Also Eden have improved considerably. Huw's got a good voice and with the second album they have some better material to perform. I'd describe their music as 80s prog but with some nods to the 70s, somewhat similar to the Fish-era Marillion in places. They very much held their own amongst the afternoon bands and got a good reception from the audience, not only for their performance but also for Huw's hard work in putting the festival together with Stephen, and ensuring everything was running smoothly during the event. In fact they were good enough that nobody was prepared to leave the building when the fire alarms were going! "
"I saw Also Eden for the first time the last time they did Summer's End and I was impressed back then. I wasn't really expecting much to have changed but they had got even better since then. They were very well received and were obviously lifted to another level by the response they got. If they'd had a new CD for sale, I'd definitely have bought it! "
"Mixed reactions to this one - certainly musically they are very good, Huw's voice is excellent - during the first song I thought it sounded a bit fragile, but it kept getting better. However, I didn't get a great deal of energy coming off stage, and there seemed to be a lot of goodwill from the audience. I may well try and hear soem of their albums as I was very impressed musically."
"I've seen them a few times now, have always been impressed with their sound, and it keeps getting better. They have that neo-prog sound I like. I already have both cds, so it really is About Time they brought out a new one. Looking forward to the December gig."
"I'm with Simon on the bestest bands of the weekend - Hackett really does stand in a class of his own, it was almost surreal it was so good - and would add Also Eden to the list, who I'd not seen before, but having done so I 'get' them. The albums are good, live they're blinding. "
"and a great weekend all round - good performances from Also Eden & Quantum Fantay in particular..."
"The weekend was very good indeed... My obvious favourite was Pendragon, others were Also Eden who were amazing band and Steve Hackett, RPWL and Pallas. "
"Saw them twice in Germany in the meanwhile (pROCKfest 2007 and pROCKclub last year) - very impressing"
"They are a superb band and all very nice guys too. It was great to see a relatively unknown band open the show with a thoroughly professional and enjoyable performance and I had a great time hanging out with Huw, Steve and the rest later. They sold a lot of CDs off the back of the performance so it seems they won over some new fans. "Skimming Stones" was well received so including that track on the Classic Rock presents Prog free promo disk has obviously helped with exposure too."
A high-level prog rock concert. I had seen them twice before at the Progfarm Festival, but this performance was their best on Dutch soil so far. According to lead singer How Lloyd-Jones, they came to The Netherlands in the best possible line-up ever. They found in Dave Roelofs an excellent new Dutch drummer . The future looks bright for Also Eden if they manage to keep Dave in the band for a long time. Dave told me that he liked fusion but during the concert it looked as if Neil Peart ( Rush) sat behind the drumkit. The band kicked off with Star, the opening tune from their second album Itís Kind Of You To Ask. Wow! That really sounded awesome. More material from this album followed. The audience reacted very enthusiastic. The first title played from their debut album About Time, was Between The Lines. They did it in the best possible way. In spite of the high temperature on stage, the musicians gave everything they had. Bumble and the encore Children Of The Night were the other two pieces taken from their first release. Singer How looked satisfied when the small audience made enough noise for a final encore. They ......... already belong to the premier league of the progressive rock scene....(and) deserve a larger audience.
First on the bill are Also Eden, a relatively new band with the lead singer being none other than the aforementioned Huw. And they were not bad at all. The opening slot at all day festivals is a difficult gig, but they seemed to have a decent turnout and gradually won the audience over, not just with their excellent music but with Huw and drummer Mark Hall's entertaining between song banter. Closing song Between the Lines was very impressive, and the band seemed genuinely surprised to be called back for an encore. I wasn't.
The next band Also Eden was introduced as Almost Eden. Personal problems were the reason that the bands drummer and bass player did not make the trip to Bakkeveen. Only a couple of days before the festival did I get the news that not the whole band would perform the music of the bands masterpiece "About Time". At first I was very dissapointed. But after I had seen the trio playing the three songs from this fantastic album plus a great Peter Gabriel cover ("Here comes the flood") and one new piece, I probably would call their performance the best of all done during this anniversary festival. Lead singer Huw LIoyd-Jones, keyboardist Ian Hodson and gitarist Simon Rogers must be given a big complement for playing such a professional concert without any rhythm section.
boy! I felt so sorry for these two bands, and indeed the promoters,
as they ended up playing in front of the proverbial one man and his
dog. I’m glad I made the effort as I have now been introduced
to a great new band in Also Eden, and also witnessed a great gig. In
the circumstances one could have forgiven the bands for taking their
foot off the pedal but they didn’t. Also Eden must have been tempted
to turn around and go home at Reading when they heard that neither drummer
nor bass player were going to make it, but they soldiered on with an
impromptu set of rearranged songs and a splendid job they did too.
I was immediately taken by their sound and the excellent voice of Huw Lloyd-Jones, which has more than a touch of Alison Moyet about it and his performance on the cover version of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Here Comes the Flood’ was a clincher as far as I was concerned and said that these guys have class.
I jotted notes like Pallas, Jadis and Marillion as comparisons as they played three of the five tracks from their debut album alongside the aforementioned cover and an edited version of an epic, ‘Widow’s Eyes’, scheduled for the sophomore release. I look forward to seeing the full ensemble at some point in the not too distant future.
Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar and Additional Keyboards