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Edenbridge announces new bassist
Austrian female-fronted symphonic metallers Edenbridge have have announced the addition of bassist Wolfgang Rothbauer (pictured below) to the group's ranks. Wolfgang is a longtime friend of the band who has previously collabororated with Edenbridge drummer Max Pointner in In Slumber and Edenbridge guitarist Dominik Sebastian in Thirdmoon.

Edenbridge recently inked a worldwide deal with Spv/Steamhammer. The band's eighth album, "The Bonding", will be released on June 21 in Germany, June 24 in the rest of Europe and July 2 in the U.S./Canada. It will be available as a limited-edition ecol book with a bonus Cd and some exciting extras, double gatefold colored vinyl with printed inner sleeves, jewel case version and as a digital download.

Commented Edenbridge bandleader and composer Lanvall: "We are extremly happy and proud to be part of the Spv family. After several months of meetings, we feel that the title of our new album, 'The Bonding', fits perfectly into our new home. Our fans should expect a new album filled with emotional and powerful music and a mystical artwork which will form a unity with the message of the album."

Added Steamhammer A&R representative Olly Hahn: "Edenbridge were always a band way ahead and I'm happy that they decided to join the Spv family. Together we will create some exciting things for the new album which will present the band in a light which they deserve!"

"The Bonding" was mixed by Karl Groom (Threshold) at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, England. The Cd will feature orchestral parts by the Klangvereinigung Vienna orchestra, conducted by Gerald Mair and recorded at Home Music Studio in Vienna with Georg Luksch. Lanvall stated: "The result is overwhelming. We have decided to record strings, brass/woodwinds and percussion seperately this time. Everything sounds more voluminous and cleaner. The musicians of the orchestra did a tremendous job. Be prepared for a real blast!"

The drum tracks for "The Bonding" were recorded by Max Pointner at Sunprojects Studio.

Edenbridge's seventh album, "Solitaire", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 95 back in July 2010.

The "Higher" video can be viewed below. The clip was filmed with director Silvan Buege (Blackstage Tv).

Edenbridge's live album, "LiveEarthDream", was released in May 2009. The disc was recorded at various concerts in 2008 and was only available through the band's fanshop.