They did it. They finally did it. Xandria managed to keep one of their female fronts a bit longer than for a felt stretch of one album only. So, here they again feature the classically trained Dutch singer Dianne Van Giersbergen on their second album in a row. And rightly so. Talented girl that she is, she can easily match a range from Tarja Turunen, over Floor Jansen, and back to Simone Simons. And that means something.
When I read the late Twitter message from the German band Xandria a few days ago that they are now – in 2015 – heading out to India for the first time. That struck me as somewhat ironic. And this of course in light of their 2005 record and 3rd studio album India that has been on the market for … almost 10 years now.
After their very successful 2nd album Ravenheart, it must have been decidedly difficult to create a fitting follow-on record to an already successful former offering. And – in addition – just about a short … [...] Click to raid more!
The first time I came across Xandria was via their second album Ravenheart. Not sure what really got my interest going, to be honest. It probably was the unique style that this band displayed at that time.
A German outfit, rocking in a somewhat delirious and somewhat poppy brand of Gothic and Melodic Metal. And – on top – these boys and girls provided a much-needed counterweight to other upcoming bands like Within Temptation back then.
Their style – or more their interesting mix of styles – is somewhat addictive and has this tendency to grow on you. For sure, they were not groundbreakers … [...] Click to raid more!
Who would have thought that Xandria would evolve in this way? Judging by the almost failed, but widely hyped album Neverworld’s End, I had no great hopes for their newest record Sacrificium.
Especially because the band likes to disband their frontwomen at a very rapid-fire pace. With that kind of turnover, you just will have trouble with succession and the delivery of quality work. Unless – of course – your vocalist is just a voice piece. And let’s hope that this is not the case with this band. Honi soit qui mal y pense! As we say in … [...] Click to raid more!