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Since 2000, EDENBRIDGE is a stunning band that brings a little bit of heaven down to earth. Their debut record Sunrise in Eden was a very successful entry in the metal scene that immediately gained them popularity. After a tour with AXXIS and PINK CREAM 69, the debut record was licensed worldwide.
The following records Arcana and Aphelion, recorded and mixed by Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69) in the House of Audio Studios, increased their loyal fanbase. In 2004, their live CD + DVD release, A Lifetime in Eden, represented a successful cross-section of their first three records. Tours and festivals led the band throughout Europe and also took them to South Korea and Russia.
Without changing their style, EDENBRIDGE developed a new sound quality with their fourth record, Shine. A darker guitar sound, Sabine’s characteristic voice, and choir arrangements sung by Dennis Ward made this record varied and fluent. The band then played in Derby, England at the legendary Bloodstock festival for the first time. Soon, the title track “Shine” was released as a single and Edenbridge toured with ANGRA in southern Europe and France.
The Grand Design, their next album, was recorded (except the drums) in Lanvall’s studio, Farpoint Station. Dutch artist Robby Valentine added 64-person choir parts, which made the release even more sonorous. Karl Groom (THRESHOLD) produced the album with very powerful and clear results. After a headlining UK tour in 2006, EDENBRIDGE became the first symphonic metal band to both China and Taiwan.
With Solitaire’s predecessor MyEarthDream, the band inked a deal with Napalm Records and teamed up with the Czech Film Orchestra, also heard on myriad Hollywood productions. The force of a full-piece orchestra, in combination with the power of 7-string guitars elevated Edenbridge’s sound to a whole new level.
Following the release of the album, Edenbridge embarked on a six-week European tour with Rage and played for the second time in South Korea, this time headlining the Jump Guro Festival in Seoul. The band also played shows in the Benelux countries (including the Metal Female Voices Festival) and in Norway. A headlining tour followed in 2009 that took Edenbridge to The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Finally, the band played for the first time at the renowned Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig and received tremendous feedback from an almost exclusively Gothic crowd.
Without ever completely abandoning their trademark sound, Edenbridge constantly moves in a heavier direction, though never fails to include their signature melodies or atmospheric feel. With Solitaire, the band has created their most diverse and atmospheric release to date.
The mystic cover artwork depicts a Celtic triad painted by the famous artists Anthony Clarkson and symbolizes the questioning of old beliefs and the resulting paradigm change experience in the world today. The eye, taken from a photo of vocalist Sabine, symbolizes the process of remembering the wisdom, which lives inside us all. More and more we are reminded of this diamond-like and completely indestructible connection.
Solitaire was recorded for the most part by Frank Pitters at Lanvall’s Farpoint Station Studio. Many bands that chose to incorporate orchestral arrangements in their sound hire a professional to write their score. This is not the case with Edenbridge, as Lanvall arranges these parts himself. This comes as no surprise, since Lanvall has studied the scores of Anton Bruckner for many years. Through these arrangements and the right combination of instruments, he creates Edenbridge’s unique sound and has received much praise for his efforts by professional musicians and conductors alike.
The exceptional Austrian symphonic metal formation presents its long awaited album, Solitaire. Edenbridge fans will immediately recognize the signature sound of mastermind and guitarist Lanvall, who once again proves impressively capable of combining musical sophistication with catchy melody lines. Solitaire offers heavy guitar riffs, elaborate orchestral arrangements, and powerful drum parts. The musical foundation is crowned by Sabine Edelsbacher, whose singular voice carries the diverse compositions to new heights. The end result is a multi-faceted kaleidoscope of heavy metal songs ("Solitaire", "Further Afield") and power ballads ("Skyline's End") that through the prominent use of violins and beautiful vocal lines bring back strong memories of Loreena McKennitt. The final polish is the work of mixing guru Karl Groom (Threshold) and the mastering genius of Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studio). Solitaire is an atmospherically solid and technically masterful album that majestically sets itself apart from all prevalent clichés and will do nothing less than captivate symphonic metal fans!
Sabine Edelsbacher: Lead Vocals
Lanvall: Lead, Rhythm & Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Keyboards & Piano, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Percussion Frog
Dominik Sebastian: Rhythm & Lead Guitars
Max Pointner: Drums
Guest Musicians on Solitaire:
Robby Valentine: Backing Vocals & Choirs
Dennis War: Backing Vocals & Choirs
Astrid Stockhammer: Solo Violin on “Skyline’s End”