10/4/2005 - Review by: Ken Pierce
Edenbridge - Shine - 2004 - Massacre Records
“Centennial Legend” with its soft piano intro truly shows off how passionate Sabine’s voice can be. “Wild Chase” is a little more uptempo and has some unique sounds from the guitar or keyboard going on in it (I was not certain who was doing the part). The effect is almost that of a violin and could have been executed by either Lanvall or Andreas Eibler. “The Canterville Prophecy” is one of my favorites as the overall melody is very deep. I draw a conclusion that after listening to Edenbridge that they clearly have more radio “friendly” material than that of Nightwish. While the band has some moments of being heavier as with tracks like “October Sky” it is not as much as Nightwish would do. It is also not operatic at all and is more based on harmony with the other members of the group. As a fan of Nightwish looking to expand his collection of the European sound I was pleased to see this as the main difference. Core creator and guitarist Lanvall has succeeded in creating very accessible Power Metal.
This is a recommendation for fans of both Nightwish and Leaves Eyes for I think Sabine completes a vocalist triangle. Each of them performs in a register different enough to enjoy all of them. At present this seems only available as an import, so USA readers might pay a little more for it. Pricy or not it is still a great and recommended piece. Check samples before you buy or do more research.
--Ken Pierce 09.25.05
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