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.
When I read the late twitter message from the German band Xandria a few days ago that they are now (in 2015 – wow) heading out to India for the first time, it 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 … [...] 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 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 … [...] Click to raid more!
Who would have thought that Xandria would evolve in this way. From the almost failed (oh yeah..), but widely hyped album Neverworld’s End, I had no great hopes for Sacrificium, the newest concoction of these Germans from Bielefeld.
Especially because the band likes to disband their front women at a very rapid pace. With that kind of turnover, you just will have trouble with succession. And the delivery of quality work – unless your singer is just a voice-piece. And let’s hope that this is not the case with this band. Honi … [...] Click to raid more!