by Sean Stroh
Their most recent album might be titled Final Days but for Throne of Eden we think it’s only the beginning
"Following the path of metalcore artists of their past, Throne of Eden craftily makes use of the style they cut their teeth to. Combining the intricate riff work of “classic” metalcore, as well as theatrical songwriting and both progressive and thrash metal stylings, they hope to bring forth a sound unique to the modern rock and metal scene with their debut album, The Final Days".
Growing up in Alabama, every member of metalcore band Throne of Eden gravitated toward artists like Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet For My Valentine.
So it comes as no surprise that the influence of their childhood idols is evident in the band’s debut album The Final Days. However, don’t mistake the tight knit group, comprised of Carmen Childers (vocals/rhythm guitar), Justin Harris (lead guitar/vocals), Kyle Stough (guitarist) and Zane Stephens (drums), as just another glorified cover band.
In fact, their blend of music is even challenging for the band itself to explain.
“It’s really difficult to describe. I feel like our music caters to a lot of different crowds,” Childers said. “There’s not really one source of inspiration for us. There’s little bits of thrash, progressive metal and classical vibes. We have our songs that get played on the radio, but we also have tracks that you can headbang to. It’s a happy medium.”
While the release of the group’s debut EP in July 2014 was a success, with radio play on nearly 100 international stations, the band had a desire to go bigger. Instead of waiting for a record deal, Throne of Eden launched its own IndieGoGo campaign to help with the cost of physical production and eventually were able to self release its debut full length album.
Of course, the luxury of bypassing any record label didn’t come without its own set of challenges.
“It was tough, but if the motivation is there, do it. The hardest part is just the funding,” Childers explained. “Between studio time, album art, production, distribution and the occasional instrument failure, it takes a lot of money. But if you’re willing to work hard enough and find ways to promote, it definitely has it perks. The best part is just being able to hold a physical copy of the album and know it’s something we did ourselves.”
Regardless of what the future entails for the band, Childers admits he’s more than grateful for the opportunity to belt out some aggressive vocals–and get paid for it.
“I’m just really glad to have been a part of it all and I can’t tell you how proud I am of our work,” Childers said. “I love my band. I love my job… I honestly wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.”
You can check out Throne of Eden’s music and find links to the band’s social media through their bandcamp page (www.throneofeden.bandcamp.com)
Members: Carmen Childers: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar // Justin Harris: Lead Guitar, Vocals // Kyle Stough: Lead Guitar Zane Stephens: Drums