They did it. They finally dit 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.
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 their unique style 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, … [...] Click to raid more!