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Music Luminaries Share Their New Year’s Metal Resolutions for 2012: Part 1

With Christmas now out of the way and Chanukah pretty close to ending as well our minds gets focused on the plans for the coming new year. We seem to always strive to change something in ourselves or do things a little differently from before when a new year begins and this got me to thinking a little bit. I wondered aloud about what the New Years Metal Resolutions for 2012 might be for some of the talented people that I have been fortunate enough to meet or communicate with in my role as founder of the PiercingMetal.com website. With that in mind I put the question out there and asked them to complete the sentence “My New Year’s Metal Resolution for 2012 Is….”

The first few responses are below and I’ll be adding a new post each day as 2011 counts down toward its close. I hope you enjoy them.

Carmine Appice (legendary drummer of Cactus, Vanilla Fudge, King Kobra, Blue Murder (whew…): My New Year’s Musical Resolution for 2012 Is to play with an even wider variety of artists and musicians.

Zak Stevens (lead vocals for Circle II Circle): My New Year’s Metal Resolution is to bring my music to as many fans in the world as possible this year. This is one of those “be careful what you asked for” years….Even though the task is daunting, it’s time to bring things to a new level in 2012! Horns up and pierce the world with metal!!

Brian Tatler (lead guitar for Diamondhead): My New Years Metal Resolution is… to keep looking out for new and interesting bands and to keep the Diamond Head flag flying for as long as possible. Thanks.
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“The Grand Design” by Edenbridge

Artist: Edenbridge
Title: “The Grand Design”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 1/30/2007
Genre: Symphonic Gothic Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

Clearly the genre specification for this band is Angelic Bombastic Rock and that is how I first heard Edenbridge described. I have to say that it is pretty close to the mark with the lovely Sabine Edelsbacher and her melodic and soaring vocals that quickly draw you into the style of this band. She has one of the most pure and passionate styles of vocals and while she fronts a Hard Rock outfit she does not pull off any Operatic forays ala Nightwish and Epica. This allows her to stand on her own from these other fine defenders of female-fronted Metal bands and build a fan base of her own. The group is musically masterminded by Lanvall (who handles the guitars and keyboards) and together they form the foundation of the group that was originally begun as a studio project. They are adept at delivering quality sounding Hard Rock that is rich in sound but not over the top enough to lose you as some music of this type is prone to do. The band is rounded out by Frank Bindig (bass) and Roland Navratil (drums) and as a whole you will find that it is all about the big vocals and harmonies (which are quite majestic throughout the release) as well as interesting musical adventures. Listeners will experience this sense of musical adventure during the albums most epic track, the title piece alone as it explores various aspects of melody and is a really wonderful piece when it comes down to it. “Terra Nova” is also an interesting number, as this opener also has some hints of the James Bond theme in it at times. This little teaser of a riff made me smile when I realized that one of the bonus tracks would be the complete surprise treat of “For Your Eyes Only”; a song once made popular by Sheena Easton and used in the Bond film bearing the same name. This is a dead on cover version and not some blistering re-do version using the bands own “vision”. I honestly I prefer when they leave the track alone sometimes and in this case Sabine does a wonderful job of seducing you with her warm vocals. It is a perfect closer to the record.
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“Shine” by Edenbridge

Artist: Edenbridge
Title: “Shine”
Label: Massacre Records
Release Date: 10/26/2004
Genre: Melodic Power
Rating: 7.5/10

Edenbridge is described as “Angelic Bombast” Metal” and on first listen this German group certainly shows that they offer a level of difference in the Power Metal genre. With “Shine” the musical delivery is wide and the texture of sounds an open field to play on. Fronted by the stunning Sabine Edelsbacher, the band shows that Germany is not to fall short in the current market of such Female fronted bands from the Scandinavian Countries. While some might form associations between Sabine and Tarja (Nightwish), the both are completely different. Tarja leans towards Opera in her style and Sabine instead is easier and softer melodic singing. There are no yells and arias but that does not take away from her vocal prowess in the least. Sabine truly has a beautiful voice and it is very well showcased on this CD. I think that this difference will allow the fans of one band to quickly find something they like in the other. Overall this CD is a great listen and this was my first real chance to sit with full piece by them. It begins with “Shine” which while an interesting track could have been the second tune. I felt using “Move Along Home” would have been better as the starter. It quickly brings you into the band sound with its fast guitar work and drumming patterns.
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