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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review: Xandria - Theater Of Dimensions

So, the new album of Female Fronted Metal band Xandria is here. Is it mean to say that this is the Epica album I have been waiting for? In some way, yes, maybe it is. Because Theater of Dimensions obviously has some folky sound to some of the songs. Also, Dianne van Giersbergen’s voice differs quite a bit from the voice of Simone Simons, especially in the lower parts and the songs aren’t about conspiracy theories and what not, but rather have a fantasy ring to them. Despite all that I really can’t deny the feeling that Theater of Dimensions has some similarities to some of the earlier Epica albums. But, surprisingly I do have to say that when listening to the first song “Where The Heart Is Home” it became clear to me that I much rather listen to Dianne her voice than that of Simone, even when only comparing the high pitch vocal parts of these two ladies! That was something I didn’t expect at all!

And what about the instruments? Well, it’s all very tight if you ask me! Old-fashion heavy metal riffs combined with screeching guitar solos and catchy keyboards, it’s all there! And the drums? Oh man! Those are really at the epicenter of every single song. Each track has totally different drum parts and this makes for the album to be fresh and exiting to listen to. Combine this with the many different music styles on the album and you will never get bored! From heavy songs like “We Are Murderers (We All)” to Folk Metal songs like “Ship of Doom” with beautiful ballads like “Dark Night of the Soul”, this album is so versatile that I am sure it will appease a lot of people, even those who are not familiar with Xandria.

There is another great thing about the album though, not only does Theater of Dimensions have beautiful high pitched lady choirs but also very well timed low pitch male choirs which make some songs even more dynamic!

Lastly, we have to talk about the title track “Theater of Dimensions”. This song beautifully demonstrates everything I just talked about in this review. This song literally has everything and is truly an epic masterpiece like the ones we know from the earlier mentioned Epica and respectfully Nightwish! Despite the track feeling much more simplistic than for instance Nightwish’ “The Poet and the Pendulum” or “The Greatest Show on Earth”, I think we can safely say that Xandria really holds their own and gracefully shows that they are a mighty force to be reckoned with!

Written by Glenn van der Heijden

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