first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album.
new fans could
your please fill us in on the history behind it all?
were formed in 1998. Sabine, Kurt Bednarsky (our former bass
player) and myself played together in another project before and
when drummer Roland entered the band the line-up for our first
CD-production was complete. We recorded “Sunrise In Eden” in
1999 on self-finance basis and sent it to about 30 labels around
the world. Two weeks later Massacre Records offered us a deal. The
album was licensed to all important markets of the world (Japan,
Korea, Taiwan, South and North America) and was a great success.
In late 2000 we were on European tour with our labelmates Pink
Cream 69 and Axxis. In 2001 we recorded our second CD “Arcana”
which marked a big step forward. Then we went on tour with
Metalium here in Europe, which led us from Spain to Scandinavia.
Right after we went to Korea to play a show on the International
Busan Rock Festival in front of 20.000 people and a
double-headliner show with Sinergy in Seoul. In January 2003 our
third album “Aphelion” saw the light of day followed by a
triple-headliner tour with Trail Of Tears and Sirenia through
Europe. A show on the famous German “Summer Breeze Festival”
in front of 12.000 people followed. In April 2004 we played our
first shows in Moscow, Russia and 2 shows in England on the
Bloodstock Festival, which were a huge success. Then our first
live-album/DVD “A Livetime In Eden” came out and now our new
album “Shine” is gonna be released.
has your new album been received by the media?
The reviews are very good up till now and all the media with whom
we talked seem to like the album very much. But the most important
thing is that the fans will like the album and therefore we have
to wait a bit.
know artists are not happy to categorize their music, but how
would you describe your music to an outsider?
think Edenbridge´s style stands for itself meanwhile. But to
describe it to somebody outstanding I would say it’s bombastic
metal with an angelic female voice.
does your inspiration come from, both musically and lyrically?
love classical composers like Anton Bruckner, Antonin Dvorak and
Richard Strauss. In hard rock/metal it’s bands like Dream
Theater, Threshold, Royal Hunt, Robbie Valentine, Shadow Gallery
and Marillion I love. Then soundtracks, musicians like Vangelis
and of course traditional music from Ireland and far-eastern music.
general it’s very hard to say where the initial inspiration for
a song comes. The best songs always come when you let everything
it can be a lot of things. Movies, books, nature.
topics do you deal with in your lyrics and why?
Lanvall - Lyrically
this time I was inspired by a lot of movies. “The Bicentennial
Man”, “The Legend of 1900”, “October Sky” and “The
Canterville Ghost”. My faible for Star Trek also came through
again in the songs “Move Along Home” and “What You Leave Behind”, 2 DS9 episodes.
general Edenbridge stands for positive music, thoughts and
feelings from the beginning on.
has produced and mixed the album, and are you pleased with the end
produced the album and Dennis Ward mixed it. Normally as a
producer you can’t hear an album after it’s finished cause it
accompanied you for a long time in all its details. “Shine” I
can really enjoy after it’s finishing and that’s a very good
sign. I am totally happy with the end result.
has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have
a great cover?
Ewerhard did the new cover. He did a fantastic job and I really
love the new artwork. I think today it’s extremely important to
have a cover that is an eye-catcher.
you have any touring plans?
the moment there is nothing fixed. We had some offers for touring,
but we refused them cause the package didn’t fit. Touring just
for touring reasons doesn’t make sense for me anymore as long as
the package doesn’t fit. But there is something in plans for
do you feel about the co-operation with your label, and are you
did a pretty good job for us over the years and there is also a
good friendship relation to them, so we can’t complain.
Internet is a very important source for many music fans -
how do you use the Internet and how important is it for you and
couldn’t imagine doing all without the Internet anymore.
Answering fan mails and nearly all the organisation is going over
e-mails. The good thing about the Internet is that you find all
the info you need.
do you see the heavy metal scene at the moment?
style has its fan base I would say. This is the big difference in
comparison to the 80´s and 90´s where trends came and go. The
problem is surely that the market is totally overfilled. Everyone
who just learned to hold a guitar seems to think he can make a
record and that’s the problem.
To finish things off - could you pls. make a all-time Top 5 or
sort of the 5 most important albums in your opinion?
Dream Theater - Images And Words
2. Robby Valentine - all
3. Royal Hunt - Live 1996
4. Shadow Gallery - Tyranny
5. TNT - Tell No Tales
for the interview, Lanvall
you are into progressive power metal with a female vocalist, then
I suggest you to check out Edenbridge's new album
"Shine" out ...