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Edenbridge - 'Solitaire'

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Edenbridge - Solitaire

Edenbridge - Solitaire

Napalm Records
Solitaire is the seventh studio album from Edenbridge. The Austrian symphonic/gothic metal band once again utilizes the Czech Film Orchestra to lend an even bigger sound to accentuate the vocals of Sabine Edelsbacher. Guitarist/keyboardist/songwriter Langvall also arranges the orchestral parts, a painstaking and time-consuming process.

Edenbridge's sound is very similar to their past albums on Solitaire. The songs are complex, bombastic and cinematic. There's a danger of losing focus on the core sound and falling in love with the orchestration, but Edenbridge does a good job keeping the riffs and melodies at the forefront.

After an opening interlude, the title track gives an excellent representation of Edenbridge's strengths. It's an epic song with intricate atmosphere, but also plenty of punch. “Skyline's End” utilizes some different instruments, giving it a bit of a folky vibe in places. “Bon Voyage Vagabond” is a little edgier, but still one of the catchiest songs on the album.

The ballad “Out Of This World” goes back and forth between a poppy, modern style not heard often in this genre and the traditional grand ballad style. The penultimate track “Brothers Diamir” clocks in at almost 7 minutes, leaving room for extended instrumental sections and a lot of dynamics. It's one of the strongest songs on the album.

Solitaire is meticulously produced and arranged, but Edelsbacher's warm and diverse vocals help keep it from sounding too sterile. There are a couple songs that aren't all that compelling, but for the most part Edenbridge delivers an enjoyable symphonic/gothic metal album.

(released July 13, 2010 on Napalm Records)

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