Released: 2017, Napalm Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Xandria are a symphonic metal band from Germany who have just released their latest album, Theater of Dimensions. Over the years they’ve had quite a few singers, and on this album they’re fronted by Dutch dramatic soprano singer, Diane van Giersbergen who contrary to popular belief is no relation to The Gathering’s Anneke of the same surname.
Theater of Dimension takes the listener into a world of colourful, powerful and rich orchestrations presented with an intense metallic backdrop. Xandria’s work is usually quite accessible, and while this album is not short of pop sensibilities, as its name suggests the band have opened up their compositions, introducing a broader soundscape and level of richness to their songwriting when compared to previous work.
Out of any band, I have to say Xandria are probably the most similar to Nightwish I have come across and this is especially evident on tracks like ‘Céilí’, which features that trademark symphonic meets celtic style which has become a trademark of the latter. Xandria are like a darker, slightly heavier version of Nightwish with more operatic vocals and more diverse guitar work.
The album finishes with the theatrical disney-esque epic that wouldn’t sound out of place in a musical, ‘A Theater of Dimensions’. Coming in at 14 minutes it’s a well composed, cinematic experience that not many bands could beat. In terms of orchestras and symphonic elements, there are not many bands better than Xandria, and it terms of getting the right operatic soprano vocalist, there are not many left that can outdo Xandria.