(13 April 2003) The third Edenbridge entitled Aphelion (Massacre Records (Germany)
MAS CD0348, 2003) is basically a ten-track collection of new material.
The European release includes "The Whispering Gallery" while the Japanese
release includes "On The Verge Of Infinity." Neither of the bonus tracks
can be sampled on the band's website. We review the European release below.
An unequalled progression from Edenbridge's debut and
follow-up, Sabine Edelbascher's vocals are recorded more powerful--mixed
way up above the instrumentals, much better than on Arcana--and
are certainly more varied. Production duo Dennis Ward and Lanvall have
done an outstanding job. The mid-tempo opening track "The Undiscovered
Land" clearly demonstrates the tightness of the band with instrumental
solos even more reminiscent of Nightwish than on former albums. Speed
and power build with rapidfire guitar, double bass and percussion in
The first Edenbridge ballad of the album is a lovely
track entitled "The Final Curtain," which builds in power instrumentally
above piano as Sabine's crystalline lead vocal soars above the rhythm
and solo lead guitar parts. "Perennial Dreams" picks up the pace again,
in typical Edenbridge style, Lanvall's energetic electric guitar parts
supported by the rhythm section and piano. Again speed and power build
in "Fly At Higher Game," vast guitar excursions between Sabine's lovely
vocal lines. A delicate piano introduces the lovely ballad "As Far As
Eyes Can See." Keyboards and supporting guitar add lovely texture to
the arrangements supporting Sabine's soaring vocal and backing harmonies
in the chorus.
European audiences will be delighted with the bonus
track "The Whispering Gallery." Guitar parts clearly show Lanvall's
virtousity--symphonic keyboards and crisp percussion add texture--while
powerful do not run over Sabine's melodic vocal. "Deadend Fire" is most
reminscent of the classic Edenbridge bombastic angelic metal style, and
clearly transcends their three albums. "Where Silence Has Lease"
continues in a similar vein but at a much faster pace driven by high
The album's third ballad is the gorgeous track
"Where Silence Has Lease." Supported by amplified acoustic guitar,
and light keyboard washes, Sabine's tender vocal introduces the
lovely melody. Lanvall's dramatic guitar solo during the instrumental
bridge builds the intensity of the piece yet Sabine's lead vocal soars
above it as the track fades to completion. Her experience and vocal
training are evident. The epic rocker "Red Ball In Blue Sky"
featuring D. C. Cooper (Silent Force) as guest vocalist is the album's
concluding track. Here Sabine sings in her finest soprano style alone
during the first few verses before being significantly contrasted by
the guest vocalist. Listen for Phantom Of The Opera-styled
keyboard riffs in the bridge. Thick progressive metal-edged instrumental
arrangements vast guitar solos and lush vocal harmonies also work
Find out further information, listen to soundbites and order the European
version of the album from amazon.com
here. The Japanese version is also available.
Like the first two Edenbridge offerings, Aphelion is worth a trans-Atlantic
journey. It is certainly a must listen!