XANDRIA, XANDRIA… There was something… Yes, I am sure! "Mermaids"... "Child Of The Blue"? Got it! A few years ago, on some German mp3-page, I found XANDRIA, right that song and it was good, really good! Since then I had been waiting that some label picked up this German band and Drakkar have done so now, "Kill The Sun" is ready for us! Let's hear, if the whole album can compete with this one song…
First of all let me tell you what we get here in first place. Very melodic Gothic Rock with female vocals, if you want to break it down to the simplest of descriptions and in that they have a somehow Finnish sound in their music, in the way of their guitars and all, as strange as it may sound, but if you are familiar with the Finnish Gothic Rock/Metal scene, then you will know what I am talking about. Also worth mentioning is the voice of singer Lisa, who has a very pleasant voice, which is not a soprano, but manages to take on different shadings as well to complement the respective song, at times almost crossing over into the ethereal realms.
Despite having two guitars, the main emphasis of XANDRIA's compositions without a doubt is the atmosphere and the smooth flow of the songs, which they succeed in a lot! Despite roaming a very much frequented genre, they manage not to blend in with the mass, but showing an own touch, which is brought out through the emotionality of their songs, Lisa's voice and the use of a cello in "She's Nirvana" adds greatly!
"Mermaids" is the brilliant song I already knew, extremely catchy, but not blatantly commercial, "She's Nirvana" is a bit more upbeat, with a darker shading to Lisa's voice, while the following "Forever Yours" is very atmospheric and really manages to lull you into its grasp to let you silently float away on dreamlike soundwaves… *shaking head to clear it* Ehm, where was I? Oh yes, XANDRIA… At first listen they might be a little too catchy and all, but spin it again and again and underneath the catchy surface you will find substance that propels the songs and does not make them musical fast food.
"Kill The Sun" is a very mature and good debut for this German band that as a fan of the darker regions of Rock and Metal, who does not need it to be rough or really heavy at the same time, you should definitely appreciate! (Online June 5, 2003)