Female fronted heavy metal machine, Edge Of Paradise rocked the island of Maui October 28th, 2012…three times in three separate clubs! It was a night to remember for us and I am sure, for the band as well. The Los Angeles based group flew in for the Annual American Music Festival, however due to a Tsunami, that was supposed to hit as the aftermath of the earth quake in Canada, the music festival was cancelled. That didn’t stop us from getting the taste of Paradise. I was lucky enough to catch them at Diamonds, one of my favorite places. First, let me just say that you don’t often see such a level of the musicianship in one band like you see in the Edge Of Paradise. In their set, the band included their original songs, very catchy, industrial metal anthems that are now on repeat on my iPod and metal classics, “Heaven And Hell” as well as “Long Live Rock n’ Roll”, that they absolutely nailed!
Let’s start with the front woman Margarita Monet. If you think she is gorgeous in the photos, she is hundred times more gorgeous and striking in life, the minute she walked into the place, all eyes were on her, the minute she started singing, all eyes were glued to her. What’s interesting is that in female fronted metal bands these days, the singers tend to be not as feminine, I think the big attraction about Margarita and the band in general, is that she is indeed very feminine, graceful and delicate, but at the same time, possessing rock solid power. Her voice is something that you don’t expect, earth shattering range, rich tone, pure power and strength. That girl can sing and she sings with her heart and soul, I think that’s what literally hypnotizes people. There is also something iconic about her, I think she can be idolized not only by generations that are into heavier music, but also by the kids that are growing up on pop culture.
I also want to talk about the guitarist, Dave Bates, from the biography of the band, it seems like Edge Of Paradise formed from this duo, and this is the ideal matchmaking made in heavy metal heaven. They can’t compliment each other better. Dave Bates is the epitome of a guitar hero. Eddie Van Halen of this generation with his own style, incredible technique and monster shredding. I myself am a guitar player, and I know a great guitar player when I see one, and Edge Of Paradise has got one of the best.
Bass player, Kurt Sheaffer and drummer Sivan Carmi complete the rhythmic mechanism of this grooving juggernaut. I love some fat, punchy bass and Sheaffer can definitely throw down the heavy groove.
Overall, I can’t be happy enough that I got to see and meet (they are all very down to earth and just really cool people) Edge of Paradise in a more personal environment, because this band is going for the big stages. I am very much looking forward to their new album, after listening to the YouTube clip of “In A Dream” I very anxiously await the release. All I can say is that I got a taste of Paradise and I want MORE!
Editor’s Note: Metalholic checked in with Margarita who said of the Hawaii event: “Its awesome, we’re still here. The festival got cancelled cause of the tsunami that never came, but we played in three different clubs in one night and that was cool. The people here are really cool and seem to be digging us.” On the band’s choice to pay its metal respects to Ronnie James Dio, she offered: “We always do some Dio covers, I love those songs, ‘Children of The Sea’ is my favorite.”
Check out our 2011 Halloween interview with Margarita and learn 10 Things You Didn’t Know about her.
Thanks to our fan at large, Nicholas Boldwen for sending us his review of the show and snapping a few pics. Rock on brother! \m/