Album Review: Xandria – Theatre Of Dimensions

Artist: Xandria

Album: Theatre Of Dimensions

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Released: 27th January 2017

Track listing:

01. Where The Heart Is Home
02. Death To The Holy
03. Forsaken Love
04. Call Of Destiny
05. We Are Murderers (We All)
06. Dark Night Of The Soul
07. When The Walls Came Down (Heartache Was Born)
08. Ship Of Doom
09. Céilí
10. Song For Sorrow And Woe
11. Burn Me
12. Queen Of Hearts Reborn
13. Theatre Of Dimensions

Wow, where to even begin with this album? I recently became a Xandria fan so I had high expectations for this album after the release of the Fire & Ashes EP in 2015, and Dianne van Giersbergen certainly did not disappoint! This album is definitely their most experimental and magical album to date! I guess one way to describe the sound would be as a fusion of the orchestral sound of Epica and the theatrical elements of Nightwish. They really pushed their boundaries with this album, and it paid off! The album also features a strong lineup of guest artists from Soilwork, Firewind, Myrath and Van Canto appearing on a few tracks.

It’s difficult to choose a favourite track off the album because I was captivated from the first song. We Are Murderers (We All), features Bjorn Strid of Soilwork and might possibly be Xandria’s heaviest track to date! Not that that’s a bad thing though! This song is very angry, yet incredibly epic at the same time. Burn Me is another brilliant track that perfectly balances heavy and epic vibes! Another favourite of mine is Call of Destiny, which has a more stereotypical symphonic metal sound but still grabbed my attention. There’s something about the keyboard riffs that reminds me of Rhapsody of Fire (which is one of my favourite bands). The final track, Theatre of Dimensions, is a fantastic end to a brilliant album. It’s a much longer track than the others on the album, but it perfectly showcases the band’s diverse sound. This is probably the most theatrical track on the album, and I actually hope to hear more like this in the future!

The Theatre of Dimensions album is a masterpiece – there’s no doubt about that! I’d highly recommend this album to any symphonic metal fan!

J

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Metal Warriors Playlist 29.03.16

Here’s the playlist from tonight’s Metal Warriors Show. Tune in every Tuesday 9-11pm (GMT+2) on The Grind Radio!

 

I just want to say a huge thank you to Julian Lehmann for letting me use Siegfrieds Song as the new bed music on the show. Please support his music!

 

Dream Evil – Only For The Night

Hammerfall – Heeding The Call

Blind Guardian – Another Holy War

 

Turisas – Battle Metal

Heidevolk – Winter Woede

Yonder Realm – The Old Ways

 

Axenstar – Demise

Stratovarius – Feeding The Fire

Kamelot – Insomnia

 

Amon Amarth ft. Doro Pesch – A Dream That Cannot Be

Voltumna – Bringer Of Light

Septicflesh – Anubis

 

Orden Ogan – Evil Lies In Every Man

Elvenking – Black Roses For The Wicked One

 

Amberian Dawn – Fame & Gloria

Diabulus In Musica – New Era

Xandria – Stardust

 

Amorphis – Bad Blood

Moonspell – Sacrificial

 

Sabaton – Carolus Rex

Powerwolf – Midnight Messiah

Gloryhammer – Rise Of The Chaos Wizards

 

 

 

J

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Darklings Dystopia Playlist 28.03.16

Here’s the playlist from tonight’s Darklings Dystopia Show! Tune in every Monday 9-11pm (GMT+2) on The Grind Radio!

 

Snakedance – Under The Stars

Nosferatu – Abominations [Assylum Mix]

 

The March Violets – Snake Dance

Ministry – Effigy

Depeche Mode – Lilian

 

Specimen – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Skeletal Family – Black Ju Ju

Siouxsie And The Banshees – Cities In Dust

 

The 69 Eyes – Jet Fighter Plane

Still Patient? – After Sundown

Weak – Folge Mir

 

Covenant – Bullet

Diorama – Advance [Remix]

 

Terminal Choice – Keine Macht

Blutengel – Reich Mir Die Hand

 

:Wumpscut: – Unser Kleiner Weltkrieg

Project Pitchfork – Blood-Loss (Sometimes)

 

In Strict Condifence – Tiefer [Combichrist Remix]

Suicidal Romance – Make Me Blind

 

Venal Flesh – Grotesque (Self-Portrait)

God Module – Endless

 

Oomph – Such Mich Find Mich

Eisbrecher – Kinder Der Nacht

Ost+Front – Sternenkinder

 

 

J

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Metal Warriors Playlist 22.03.16

Here’s the playlist from tonight’s Metal Warriors Show. Tune in every Tuesday 9-11pm (GMT+2) on The Grind Radio!

 

I just want to say a huge thank you to Julian Lehmann for letting me use Siegfrieds Song as the new bed music on the show. Please support his music!

 

Iron Maiden – Can I Play With Madness

Saxon – Denim And Leather

Judas Priest – Nostradamus

 

Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – Die Boten

In Extremo – Feuertaufe

 

Iced Earth – Melancholy (Holy Martyr)

Savatage – Edge Of Thorns

 

Eluveitie – Luxtos

Balyios – Earth Reborn

Varg – Dunkelheit

 

Slayer – Postmortem

Warbringer – Black Sun, Black Moon

I.N.G. – Hate.Love.War

 

Skelator – Stronger Than Evil

Hammerfall – Hearts On Fire

Stratovarius – Eagleheart

 

Moonsorrow – Suden Tunti

Old Man’s Child – Born Of The Flickering

Behemoth – Kriegsphilosophie

 

Serenity – Spirit In The Flesh

Derdian – Write Your Epitaph

Avantasia – Let The Storm Descend Upon You

 

 

 

J

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Darklings Dystopia Playlist 14.03.16

Here’s the playlist from tonight’s Darklings Dystopia Show! Tune in every Monday 9-11pm (GMT+2) on The Grind Radio!

 

Ministry – Everyday Is Halloween

Sisters Of Mercy – Alice

Ex-Voto – El Diablo Blanco

 

All Living Fear – Stranger To None

Clan Of Xymox – Tears Ago

Asylum Party – The Sabbath

 

ASP – Schwarzer Schmetterling: Nekrolog

Weak – Devil’s Rose

The 69 Eyes – Gothic Girl

 

Diary Of Dreams – A Day In December

Blutengel – Vampire Romance (Part 1)

Absurd Minds – Restrictive Delusion

 

Chrom – Loneliness

Covenant – We Stand Alone

 

Nine Inch Nails – Closer

:Wumpscut: – Hang Him Higher

 

Leæther Strip – Strap Me Down

Aesthetic Perfection – The Great Depression

[:SITD:] – Laughingstock [The Retrosic Remix]

 

Eisbrecher – Rot Wie Die Liebe

Stahlmann – Sadist

Lindemann – Praise Abort

 

 

J

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Metal Warriors Playlist 08.03.16

Here’s the playlist from tonight’s Metal Warriors Show. Tune in every Tuesday 9-11pm (GMT+2) on The Grind Radio!

 

I just want to say a huge thank you to Julian Lehmann for letting me use Siegfrieds Song as the new bed music on the show. Please support his music!

 

I had Wayne Colley from Sacrifist in studio tonight! Check out their album launch event which is happening this Saturday 12th March!

 

Kiss – Detroit Rock City

Alice Cooper – No More Mr Nice Guy

 

Sacrifist – Fractured Reality

At The Gates – Under The Serpent Sun

 

Rotting Christ ft. George – In Nomine Dei Nostri

Dark Funeral – King Antichrist

 

Sabaton – Metal Machine

Powerwolf – Army Of The Night

 

Iron Maiden – The Trooper

Metallica – Seek And Destroy

Exodus – Bonded By Blood

 

Sacrifist – Death & The Exile

Hypocrisy – Roswell 47

 

Korpiklaani – Luontoni

Eluveitie – Vianna

 

Megadeth – Foreign Policy

Testament – True American Hate

 

Vanir – Mod Vinland

Northland – Whispers In The Wind

Battlelore – Forked Height

 

Anthrax – For All Kings

Iced Earth – The Reckoning (Don’t Tread On Me)

Blind Guardian – Bright Eyes

 

 

J

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Darklings Dystopia Playlist 07.03.16

Here’s the playlist from tonight’s Darklings Dystopia Show. Tune in every Monday 9-11pm (GMT+2) on The Grind Radio!

 

Morbid Poetry – Black Angel

Corpus Delicti – Noxious (The Demon’s Game)

Dawn Of Oblivion – Malice

 

Two Witches – Dead Dogs Howl

Nosferatu – Pictures Of Betrayal [News At Ten Edit]

Vendemmian – All Is Lost (All Is Gone)

 

Snakedance – Winterland

Still Patient? – Devil’s Bride

Weak – Don’t Farewell

 

Silex – Eyes

Fields Of The Nephilim – Moonchild

Seraphim Shock – Anna

 

Terminal Choice – Someone

Neuroticfish – Depend On You

:Wumpscut: – Oh Mein Kuemmerling

 

Eisbrecher – This Is Deutsch [SITD Remix]

And One – Deutschmaschine

 

Diary Of Dreams – The Wedding

Icon Of Coil – Love As Blood

Ruhestätte Schwarz – Last Zombie

 

Lujhboia – Compulsive Pain

God Module – Red Ribbons

 

Ost+Front – Bruderherz

Schwarzer Engel – Schmerz Bleibt Mein

 

J

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