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Hard Rockers Edge Of Paradise ~ Poised on the Edge Of Stardom

The Edge of Paradise

Hard rock band Edge Of Paradise ~ Margarita Monet – vocals, Dave Bates – guitars, Baris Ari – bass, and Ryan Gio – drums ~ was formed by Monet and Bates in 2011. Their debut release Mask (co-written with Robin McAuley and featuring Gregg Bissonette and Tony Franklin) came in as the #6 most added album on national CMJ radio, right behind veterans Machine Head and Five Finger Death Punch. The album was a combination of industrial-tinged metal coupled with soaring vocal hooks and received an amazing reception worldwide from critics and fans alike. Legendary Rock Interviews stated that, “Once in a while a new band comes along that not only has a unique sound of its own but draws upon all the things we love about metal or rock to begin with. Edge of Paradise are one of the best independent bands to come out of L.A. in some time.”

Still from the video shoot for "Rise For The Fallen" in Pasadena, CA

Still from the video shoot for “Rise For The Fallen” in Pasadena, CA

That level of praise, coupled with their undeniable musical talent and magnetic stage presence, is no doubt how they were able to land Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy, and more) to mix their new album and Bob Kulick (KISS, Motorhead) to produce it.  Perfect Shade Of Black is due out in May, and Edge Of Paradise ~ who recently completed a successful East Coast tour, selling 2000 limited edition physical EPs to create some additional buzz over the upcoming release of their second full length studio album ~ will be hitting the road again soon in promotion of Perfect Shade, building on that buzz and no doubt adding legions to their already impressive fan base.

They are also releasing a music video for the track “Rise For The Fallen” in April, so stay tuned for details.  And if you can’t wait for the tour or the music video, head here for a preview of 5 tracks from Perfect Shade Of Black!

Margarita Monet showing off the Image and Style spread

Margarita Monet showing off the Image and Style spread

Check out how Edge Of Paradise, who along the way have picked up endorsements from Spectraflex Original Braided Cables, InTune Guitar Picks, and No Sweat Apparel, are making a name for themselves in the press:  

Image and Style print magazine’s 2014 Oscars issue just featured the band in a 6 page interview spread available for viewing here.

And weighed in with this concert review

There seems no doubt that Edge Of Paradise ~ who cite Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio, Axl Rose, Slash, Led Zeppelin, and Van Halen as some of their personal favorites ~ are about to find themselves the new darlings of the hard rock world ~ and cementing that status will be their participation in renown rock photographer Kevin Estrada’s Rockers Against Trafficking  benefit show (more like an extravaganza) ~ sponsored by Monster Energy and Schecter Guitars and featuring (along with a slew of very cool giveaways) an staggering line-up of legendary musicians ~ to raise money for C.A.S.T. (Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking); all proceeds will be donated to this foundation committed to putting an end to human trafficking.

The Edge of Paradise poster

Imagine a gorgeous frontwoman with an incredible vocal range and remarkable intensity combined with a band who are virtuosos on their respective instruments and know how to perform as a tight unit that can whip an audience into a frenzy within seconds, and you’ll start to understand why Edge Of Paradise, already attracting some of the biggest names in the industry, are poised to make the transition from band you’ve heard of to band you can’t live without in your daily music rotation.

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  1. I love this band’s music! Addicted!

  2. Wow, these guys are great!

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