By: Callum (CJ) Lavender
Available: 2nd May 2014
Label: Napalm Records
Official Website: http://xandria.de/
Starting of with a disclosure: I am a fan of this genre and when I was looking at what album out of the one hundred albums I’m sent to write about next I wasn’t really in the mood for anything too challenging and I wanted something easy to sink my teeth into. Was safe to say that I made the right choice when this album caught my eye, like a lot of metal heads I do love mythical creatures like phoenix’s and dragons so the artwork was already a plus, so lets see what the rest of the album has to offer.
The songs I enjoyed the most and recommend are: ‘Dreamkeeper’, ‘Stardust’ and ‘Until The End’
The things I liked most about the album are the overall sounds and singing, it’s a pretty solid symphonic album that you can’t really fault. It has the cinematic quality that you could expect to hear from a medieval movie or video game soundtrack. I really do enjoy the dream and fantasy themes in the lyrics and the spoken word parts make it a little bit more interesting. I also really like the Celtic influences some of the songs have here and there. Even though it wasn’t the best song on the album it has a really beautiful ending.
I things I didn’t like about the album is that even though it’s a solid album and the band members are extremely talented it doesn’t really stand out that much compared to other bands. It’s a great basic symphonic album if that’s what you’re looking for but if your looking for something different that experiments I kind of feel that you won’t find it here. It may also be worth mentioning that a small few of the songs do go on a bit longer than needed and even though they were not terrible compared to other bands, the gravity blast beats are still something that I question.
Can’t compare this to there previous material but if you’re a symphonic metal fan like me and you want an album to enjoy then I guarantee you won’t go wrong if you pick this up. However if your one of those ‘funny’ metal fans who does not like this genre then I don’t think it’s going to convert you. All in all though I’m glad I invested the time and listened.