Edenbridge release new video and single “The Road To Shangri-La”, out now on AFM Records.
26th August, 2022, will see Austrian symphonic metal force, Edenbridge, release their eleventh studio album, “Shangri-La” on AFM Records.
With its nine epic, new tracks, “Shangri-La” takes the dedicated Edenbridge listener on a musical ride into the realms of finest symphonic metal. Their forthcoming album not only unleashes a sophisticated range of compositions along with an intoxicating and bombastic sound atmosphere Edenbridge are known and loved for, but the band created their most diverse record to date. Despite constantly high quality standards and as the new offering proves, Edenbridge continually expands their musical expression from album to album without abandoning their trademarks. This time, the band has created a fine balance between emotionally magical moments, an ever-present mystical atmosphere and heavy, fast-paced riffage.
Following the first, previously released single “Somewhere Else But Here”, Edenbridge have shared a new song taken of “Shangri-La”! Vocalist Sabine Edelsbacher about “The Road To Shangri-La”:
“Destruction and separation, or healing and conjointness. The compass shows the confusion, but the closely guarded mysteries in the treasure chest can be found by everybody any time. It is our decision.”
Formed in 1998, Edenbridge belongs to one of the most style-defining bands of their genre, spearheading its domain since their pathbreaking debut album “Sunrise in Eden” (2000). Their forthcoming magnum opus, “Shangri-La”, was recorded at the Farpoint Station Studio, mixed by Karl Groom and was produced by Lanvall himself.
“Instead of going on a European tour in spring 2020, it was a matter of flipping on our creative switch and channelling those intense energies into a transformative song writing process for the new album,“
The cover art was created by United Arab Emirates artist, Muhammad K. Nazia, and features a pictorial representation of Shangri-La embodied as a synonym for paradise. The term was first mentioned in the novel “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton. It is described as a mystical place where people live in peace and harmony. However, the story itself is based on the ancient Far Eastern legend of “Shambala” depicted in long-preserved Buddhist scriptures. The legend depicts a paradise that is to become accessible again only when humankind is ready for it and only when a few have the spiritual maturity to understand and preserve the teachings.
“For me, ‘Shangri-La’ is a wellspring of wisdom, a deeply secluded spiritual centre and a realm of retreat that casts a magical allure over we humans. And there is a reason why it is so meaningfully said: ‘You do not enter paradise with your feet, but with your heart’.”