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 Xandria "Neverworld's End"

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PostSubject: Xandria "Neverworld's End"   Tue May 07, 2013 5:30 am

Reviewed by Daniel Bear
Symphonic Metal with Operatic Vocals.
3/14/2012

Firstly we need to get one thing out of the way. I don’t like to compare one artist with another in my reviews, but as so many other reviews have commented that Xandria’s new sound is based on Tarja era Nightwish that I feel I have to address it. Well is it? Well it’s Symphonic Power Metal with Operatic Vocals, and is that a bad thing? Hell no. With most bands moving away from the symphonic metal/operatic vocal sound, most notably Nightwish themselves, it is refreshing to hear someone actually revisiting and refreshing it. Xandria have put their own unique twist on things, lyrically and musically and produced one hell of an album.

The enchanting Lisa Middelhauve decided to move on (she is currently writing a column for Eve’s Apple, which is a fantastic read btw) and with her the old Xandria went to, enter Manuela Kraller (formerly with Haggard) and Xandria mk2. The first thing that strikes you is the quality of the musicianship and production on Neverworld’s End, the sound is huge and with the production on some symphonic metal albums being shall we say, poor, it’s such a relief that the quality here is above reproach. Kraller’s stunning operatic vocals fit beautifully with Xandria’s new sound, in fact there are “shivers down the spine” moments they’re so good.

There is plenty of variety on this album, each track has a different feel and uniqueness, besides the atmospheric symphonic metal you also get Celtic and Arabic instruments and I have to mention the excellent violin playing that is also a feature. Neverworld’s End is an exceptionally enjoyable fantasy journey with some real standout moments. I have to be honest; this album shocked me, as I really didn’t think Xandria had it in them.

Track Listing
A Prophecy of World to Fall
Valentine
Forevermore
Euphoria
Blood on My Hands
Soulcrusher
The Dream Is Still Alive
The Lost Elysion
Call of the Wind
A Thousand Letters
Cursed
The Nomad’s Crown
When the Mirror Cracks (Bonus Track)

The Final Word
It’s very hard not to fall deeply in love with Neverworld’s End, I have.

Score: 4.5/5

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PostSubject: Re: Xandria "Neverworld's End"   Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:53 am

I love this album I love you

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PostSubject: Re: Xandria "Neverworld's End"   Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:05 am

I love Neverworld's End <3 I like Lisa very much but Manuela is just amazing, she is great for the band!!
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PostSubject: Re: Xandria "Neverworld's End"   Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:43 am

I agree with the posters above me. Great album and Manuela has a great voice.
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PostSubject: Re: Xandria "Neverworld's End"   Sat Jul 27, 2013 1:13 pm

Amazing album indeed.

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