SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 15.01.21]
Second best of from symphonic metal band Edenbridge, with this volume drawn from their studio albums 5-10. Edenbridge, who have been around now for over twenty years, revolve around original members vocalist Sabine Edelsbacher and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Arne “Lanvall” Stockhammer.
Like the first part of The Chronicles of Eden the track listing was decided by fans voting for their favourite tracks of each album. As Lanvall commented “The voting was not a major surprise and is more or less identical to the songs, we would also have chosen. Therefore 4 tracks of each album could be covered along with some older all out of print bonus tracks.”
For existing fans there are two new recorded acoustic versions, ‘Higher’ and ‘Paramount’, plus the Easter Version 2020 of ‘Dynamind’, re-recorded by Sabine Edelsbacher adding a jazzy sound to the proceedings.
What sets this band apart is the melodies come first and foremost, whether they are in full metal mode on ‘Higher’ and ‘Bon Voyage Vagabond’ or going into a mix of metal and pomp on ‘The Bonding’. With Threshold’s Karl Groom handling mixing you know it will have a crisp, crunch on the guitar riffs. Also the multi-talented Robby Valentine adds has backing vocals to many of the band’s songs and use full orchestras wherever possibly, none of that cheap synth string section for this lot!
The big guns of the symphonic metal scene maybe Nightwish, Within Temptation and Evanescence, however, Edenbridge could easily challenge these bands as they have the songs and a powerful, melodic vocalist in Sabine Edelsbacher. If you have yet to try Edenbridge this album and part 1 are an ideal starting point to the wonderful world of symphonic metal treats that await. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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