XANDRIA - Salomé - The Seventh Veil

Xandria - Salomé - The Seventh Veil

12 songs
48:55 minutes
***** **
Drakkar

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To avoid the typical comparisons with Nighwish and Within Temptation, Xandria started changing their gothic metal on the third album India by integrating some oriental elements into their sound. On their fourth CD Salomé, this idea is developed even more. This so far best Xandria record often gives the impression that you’re caught inside The Book of One Thousand and One Nights.

The rather diverse album starts with the single Save My Life, a nice song with pop flair where gothic and prog rock are coalescing harmonically. Vampire shows the band’s harder side with deeply tuned guitars. This song has higher vocals and first oriental influences. Beware and Only For The Stars In Your Eyes are two pure rock songs suitable for the metal fraction. Emotional Man shows the darker side of Xandria. It’s followed by the calm but playful title track, based on a biblical story. Firestorm is the album’s most dramatic track showing parallels to Edenbridge. A New Age is classic gothic metal, the semi-acoustic The Wind And The Ocean could be used as a soundtrack of a Disney movie. Sisters Of The Light feels like the English version of Dschinghis Khan, and maybe Xandria would score a better result at the European Song Contest than the actual German musical ambassadors. The final On My Way sounds like a pure tribute to Nightwish with operatic vocals.

Not every track works on Salomé, but it’s nevertheless an improvement compared to the band’s previous releases. Singer Lisa Schaphaus has done remarkable progress with her voice that can be compared to Lana Lane and Sabine Edelsbacher from Edenbridge. Xandria should maybe try to become a bit more aggressive so that their music would finally show the missing kick.

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