For over a half decade, Southern California’s Edge of Paradise has been defining and refining its sound. With the release of its latest EP, Alive, the band continues to showcase new aspects of its sonic self while still maintaining the group’s overall signature. Vocalist Margarita Monet and guitarist Dave Bates, the band’s co-founders, continue to expand upon the quartet’s dynamic foundation by pushing into a more industrial direction with Alive. The solidification of the band’s rhythm section with bassist Nick Ericson and drummer John Chominsky has further stabilized the line-up, making the band stronger than ever. Producer Chuck Johnson (Korn, Slipknot) helped guide the band on its new journey and according to Monet gives Alive a sound that blends elements of Korn and Rammstein with a bit of Evanescence. The truth is, Edge of Paradise has a style all its own, and while one might be able to assign moments of influence to certain tracks, Monet’s voice alone sets the band apart from the crowd.
The new EP, Alive, looks at the disconnect of humanity that we are currently experiencing as a society as a result of rampant technology, social media, loss of wonderment, and global desensitization from our basic empathy and interconnection to each other. Each song on the 5-track EP taps into a different aspect of that idea. Last month, Metalholic caught up with Monet to chat about the new record, the renowned talents that produced and mixed the album, and a track-by-track look into all five songs.
Last year found the band touring farther and more frequently than ever before, and 2017 should prove to take Edge of Paradise further abroad than ever before and stretch their fanbase to a much higher level. Alive is set to break open new doors for a band that has been entirely underrated for too many years.
You can listen to the full interview with Margarita Monet below, and check out the videos for “Alive” and “Shade of Crazy.”