Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

The Grand Design – Edenbridge [#545]

Edenbridge_-_The_Grand_DesignTowards the end of my exploration of the Scandinavian operatic goth metal movement of the late nineties and early noughties, and before branching out down the Ayreon/Gathering path, I uncovered an Austrian band called Edenbridge. Pretty much a Nightwish clone but with better pronunciation of English.

The Grand Design is their fifth studio album following the success of Shine. By this time, I was a little bored of the whole genre. There’s only so many Valkyries you can put up with and with middle age approaching, the constant chuggachugga guitar became a little puerile after a bit. As well, there was a kind of…I dunno…a Sandy Denny quality to the sound.

After some careful consideration, I had a purge of music in September and many Edenbridge albums didn’t make the cut. This one survived purely because it was the first of theirs I’d heard and because Evermore is not a bad song.

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Album #84 – Arcana – Edenbridge

Edenbridge - Arcana (Front)Arcana – Edenbridge

Guess what?

More tight leather trousered European women with dark flowing hair singing along to twiddly keyboards and chuggachugga guitar riffs. Brilliant.

Austria’s Edenbridge were the last of my big boobed metal band discoveries. On the basis that Shine was quite enjoyable, I sourced the entire Edenbridge back catalogue and now wish I had better taste in music. Sabine Edelsbacher melodically shrieks fairy tale lyrics to boyfriend Lanvall’s speed metal guitar twiddling and Roland Navratil’s RSI inducing drum beats.

I quite like this album. It sneaks up on you like a bad cold in June. I’ve almost deleted it a number of times but I keep fetching it back out from the recycle bin so I must like it.

Nothing really of note memory wise to tell about this album. It’s typical Edenbridge fayre on the back of the metal bands lead by women movement of the noughties.


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