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Review: Edenbridge - Shine

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 59:57
Tracks: 11
Genre: Symphonic Metal


Review online: March 2, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4.11/5 (82.11%) (19 Votes)

Fourth album for Edenbridge, who hit a high with this album before the slump of The Grand Design. Shine is like the payoff of everything this band has promised since their debut. After the sprawling Arcana and the heavier, more focused Aphelion, Lanvall and Co. combined the elements of their sound into their best work.

Shine launches with the title track, which is the biggest, most powerful, most epic Edenbridge song ever recorded. Better even than the epochal "Sunrise In Eden", "Shine" is this band outdoing itself. They can't quite match that level of quality on every song, and they don't, but this album contains other great tunes like "Wild Chase" and "On Sacred Ground", as well as some filler cuts like "October Sky". Not every song is as memorable as it could be, and the whole album labors under having to follow that magnificent title cut, but this is a fine, consistent album just the same. Sabine sounds amazing, the band is tight, and Lanvall's instrumentation has rarely been as good as it is here. If you are a fan of Symphonic Metal at all, then this is an album to treasure.

More about Edenbridge...
Review: Aphelion (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Arcana (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
Review: MyEarthDream (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Shangri-La (reviewed by MetalMike)
Review: Solitaire (reviewed by MetalMike)
Review: Sunrise In Eden (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
Review: The Grand Design (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: The Great Momentum (reviewed by MetalMike)
Interview with Lanvall (Guitar/keyboards) on May 5, 2003 (Interviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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