2015 Edge of Paradise interview with Margarita Monet
Southern, California hard rock quartet Edge of Paradise is back this month with their long-awaited sophomore album, Immortal Waltz. The band, which features guitarist Dave Bates, drummer John Chominsky, bassist Nick Ericson, and vocalist Margarita Monet, tapped legendary producer Michael Wagener (Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica), for the project. This week Metalholic and Metal Nation Radio caught up with Monet to chat about the new record, and more.
The band was founded in 2011 by Bates who brought in Monet to replace vocalist Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group, Survivor). The band’s debut album featured, written primarily by Bates and McAuley had an industrial metal tint to it. Monet’s unusual vocal style added a unique diversity to the sound. With Monet involved with the writing of Immortal Waltz, the band’s sound is evolving.
Edge of Paradise began the process of the new record by crafting a few tracks which became the Perfect Shade of Black EP. As Monet shares, the whole concept of the new record began with the song, “In a Dream”.
“The first song we recorded; that we wrote as a band was ‘In a Dream’. That’s the song that kind of set the way for the rest of songs to come. We felt like we found what we wanted to sound like. We also found Michael Wagener. We knew that we had to get somebody great, and somebody that really got our vision. Michael was always our idol, and he mixed the song. From hearing that we knew we wanted him to work with us on the rest of the CD.”
The process of creating Immortal Waltz has taken the band the better part of three years, as they have honed the tracks and defined how they want the album to look, sound and feel. The time factor is the primary reason the band chose to release the first few tracks as an EP.
“It wasn’t like we went in and wrote the whole thing all at once. We were touring and doing a song at a time because being an independent band you have to do what you can and just keep moving forward. We didn’t want to keep our fans waiting so we had these four songs and we decided to put out this limited edition EP, which was Perfect Shade of Black. We didn’t release it digitally. It was just a limited physical CD that we could sell at shows and to people that have been supporting us for a while.”
You can check out the full interview with Margarita below as she talks in-depth about Immortal Waltz, and check out the new video for “Rise for the Fallen” which debuted last week on Revolver Magazine.