Edenbridge is a Symphonic band that has been swooning fans for 19 years. With their signature blend of Symphonics, Power Metal, and Prog; the band continues to innovate with their 9th album, the Great Momentum, which is available now through Steamhammer/SPV. Just yesterday I got to ask Edenbridge mastermind, Lanvall, a few questions that I've had on my mind.
That Drummer Guy- Thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview.
Lanvall- Thank you for the interview!
TDG- The new album from Edenbridge, The Great Momentum is available now through Steamhammer/SPV. Since it’s been out for a couple weeks now, how has the album reception been so far?
L- The album just charted in the most important markets of the world. Germany, Switzerland, Uk and USA. The feeling is wonderful. I am totally happy with the new album, as I really believe it is our best production up to date. The whole album development process was great. From the first demos to the real drums, the real vocals, the orchestra and then the mix and mastering. Every little steps that tops the previous ones.
TDG- How did The Great Momentum come to be? How did the writing process start?
L- Right after our last studio album “The Bonding” I wanted to do something different musically. In 2010 Sabine and I played a short acoustic showcase in Hanoi (Vietnam), just piano and vocals. This was really inspiring, so we founded VOICIANO, the acoustic project. Only acoustic instruments were allowed to use, so no drums, electric guitars and keyboards. I recorded most of the piano parts live without clicktracks and then everything followed. In 2014 we released our first album “Everflow”. After that I had the idea to do a History DVD about the first 15 years of our career. In the end I sat over 1 year in the cutting room and out came a 9 hours documentary on 6 DVD´s called “A Decade And A Half...The History So far”. In Spring 2015 I immediately started writing the new studio album “the Great Momentum” which also took me one year in the writing and arranging process. And apart from that I have been composing for a big Austrian TV documentary since 2014 called “Above Austria”, where Austria is shown from the helicopter perspective. This is a project that is planned till 2020! So you see, I didn't get bored in all those years between our 2 studio albums. It took me one year of writing and arranging. In June we recorded the drums and after that I spent the whole summer of recording in my own studio. That all was a very relaxing process this time and made a lot of fun. After a 3 weeks holidays break, I went to England to Karl Groom (Threshold) for the mix, which was a great process again. It is the 5th album we have been done together now and the collaboration is always awesome. Finally Mika Jussila put the final touches on the album on mastering in Finnvox.
TDG- Did the recording process go smooth this time around?
L- Recordings were awesome. We allowed ourselves a longer period for the recordings not to get to any major stress. Johannes, our new drummer recorded his parts in just 9 hours, which was unbelievable. I cannot think of any other recordings where we had so much fun as on this album.
TDG- Are there any particular songs that stick out to you on The Great Momentum?
L- They are all like children to me of course. But the long track “The Greatest Gift Of All” is maybe the most important one, cause it always takes so much time to create something like this.. From the smoothest, mellowest parts to the orchestral blast beat inferno, you find nearly everything in those 12 minutes.
TDG- The band has had it’s fair share of epics over the years. How did The Greatest Gift Of All come to be the latest epic?
L- I had the intro riff in the drawer for a long, long time. Finally it came to life now, also the verses and the chorus. Then I got stuck. I knew this cannot be the end of the song and it had to continue. Then the orchestral part came into my mind and then everything went quite fast. One part inspired me to the next one. A fantastic journey.
TDG- When it comes to your own recorded moments with Edenbridge, did you add any new gear or sounds to the album?
L- Yes, we did. This time we also used a different rhythm guitar sound, which means another amp, which supports our seven string guitars a lot better. When you have a huge orchestra, huge choirs, they are all fighting against each other in terms of frequencies. Therefore all is a lot clearer and heavier. Sabine also sounds extremely powerful on the new one. Just have a listen to the verses of “Return to Grace”, simply amazing!
TDG- Now that album is out with great reception, what is next for the band?
L- We just returned from The 70.000 tons of metal festival, which was the adventure of a lifetime and simply overwhelming. What a great festival! Meeting old friends and bands we haven't seen for years and with whom we toured years ago like Angra, Axxis and Saltatio Mortis. Hopefully we can add some more shows this year. There is one exclusive UK show for August planned. The rest remains to be seen, but I don't want to wait too long to start collecting ideas for the next album.
TDG- When you are not focused on Edenbridge, how do you like to spend your free time?
L- In winter I am addicted to skiing. It´s simply great to get your batteries loaded in the fresh mountain air and focusing on your drive and swings. I love the mountains in summer too of course, when hiking. But the music and management of the band is taking a lot of my time.
TDG- Thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview. I am thoroughly enjoying The Great Momentum; quite possibly my favorite Edenbridge album to date. Before we are done, is there anything else you would like to mention that I haven’t brought up yet?
L- Thanks to our fans for the great support.
Edenbridge- The Great Momentum is available NOW through Steamhammer/SPV
That Drummer Guy- Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview. For those that may not be familiar, tell people a little bit about the band, Versus.
Joe Taylor- Versus is a 5 piece “Nu-metal/Grunge Rock” group out of Seattle Washington. We are a solid group of guys coming together to make music, memories, friends, and most importantly; to spread a message of love and unity.
TDG- Your debut album, The Cardinal, is coming out March 3rd through Revival Recordings. How does it feel to finally have your debut album ready for the world to enjoy?
JT- It goes without saying that any writing artist is going to be proud of the work they release. But, to see all the work that our label as well as our management and entire team is doing to make this release possible, it is incredible. It is quite an amazing feeling, making us appreciate our product and also ourselves that much more.
TDG- In preparation for the album, you’ve released Stone Heart as a single with a video. What went into that being the first taste people got from The Cardinal?
JT- We actually released another video a few weeks prior to “Stone Heart” titled “No Safety”. The answer is still the same though. It was hard choosing a song to be first because we don’t think one song in its entirety can capture “The Cardinal” but at the same time each song has everything to do with the title itself. We have every intention of bringing each song to life visually in some manner, so we just picked one and went with it.
TDG- What has been the reception for the Stone Heart so far?
JT- Having the opportunity to play Stone Heart during our set on this last tour with Alesana was great, it put us in front of a huge audience. The song has a lot of climactic sections so it kept the listeners on (and off) their toes. Verbal reviews off stage were amazing as well.
TDG- With the EP, The Black, being released last year, what would you say you’ve learned the most in this band in that amount of time.
JT- We’ve learned to just keep pushing the limits, to keep practicing, to keep being true to ourselves, because that's all we can do. The more we create as artists, the more opportunity we will have to change our lives and hopefully others lives as well.
TDG- One thing I truly appreciate, throughout the entire album, is the use of symphonic elements in all the right spots. Was that a conscious effort to have that from the beginning of the band to have that element, or did that come into play later?
JT- That is awesome to hear, thank you! It was totally from the beginning. A few of our members including myself were brought up through classical music/instruments (Stand-up Bass, Cello, Violin etc…).
TDG- You just got done completing a west cost run with Alesana. How did it feel to be a part of such a great tour?
JT- It was insane. Truly an inspiring tour. I think what made it such a successful tour was all of the genuinely great humans in the bands we toured with feeding, off each others positivity.
TDG- Any memorable stories from the tour?
JT- We blew a back tire in 2 feet of snow. Grey, Vocalist of Charlatan (not far behind us) hops out in American flag spandex and a crop top to check the damage. We knew we were in good hands. Made it to Denver on time as well.
TDG- After The Cardinal drops, what are the plans for the band for the rest of the year?
JT- Work, work, work… Work on the next record, try to give a helping hand to anyone who feels that they aren’t enough, tour, smile, be thankful for the opportunity that we have.
TDG- When you are not focused on the band, how do you like to spend your time?
JT- Having fun and making people/each other laugh. Usually sight seeing here in the northwest or hanging out with friends. Mainly binge watching shows on Netflix who are we kidding.
Thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview. I am digging what you guys do and I hope people will go and check out The Cardinal on March 3rd. Before we are done, is there anything else you would like to mention that I have not brought up yet?
“Thank you as well! We have released another video “No Safety” as well and have a few great pre-order options for The Cardinal at versus.merchnow.com
Versus- The Cardinal, available March 3rd, through Revival Recordings
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