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Review: Edenbridge - Arcana

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 56:59
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: December 24, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.88/5 (77.5%) (16 Votes)

Second album for those Austrian melodic metallers. Edenbridge follow with a recipe similar to their debut "Sunrise in Eden", but with improved songwriting a a little more variety in the songs. Sabine's voice is as enchanting as it was on the first album, just flowing with the music - I've rarely had entire albums (much less two!) where there wasn't some passage where I cringed because the vocals sort of stepped away from the music. Somehow here things just flow along very nicely. Note that, contrary to what I've read in many reviews, the vocals shouldn't be compared with Nightwish, as Edenbridge do not use operatic vocals.

The music varies with ballads and faster, pretty much mid-paced songs. Those who have heard the first album will be in familiar territory - just think "Sunrise..." with improvements. I'll stop the comparisons here as I have not listened to "Sunrise.." in months. ;) Again keyboards are used quite a bit but blend really well with the other instruments. This is not the kind of album where you'll go nuts over guitar solos and the likes. I'm usually into more aggressive metal music but Edenbridge does the more relaxed stuff very well and from time to time this is something I really like to listen to. Check their web site for sound samples.

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