KILL THE SUN
DRAKKAR, BMG RELEASE: MAY 5, 2003 REVIEW: JULY 1, 2003
female vocals, melodic guitars and some heavy chords. Have we heard it
before? Yes. Do we like it? Yes, if it’s good and if it's German
MP3.com favourites Xandria who plays, at least.
reminiscent of The Gathering, Xandria themselves, or at least lead guitarist
Marco say, that they are more influenced by Swedish goth metal veterans
Tiamat - and the album "Wildhoney" in particular. One can’t
but applaud such influences, as Tiamat are one of the two best gothic
metal bands today (the other being Type O Negative). At least in my world.
Xandria isn’t just another Tiamat/Pink Floyd/Black Sabbath clone.
No, this darkwave/gothic outfit has managed to create a sound of their
own. "Kill the Sun" contains ten good songs that are moody,
gloomy and atmospheric in just the right way. The vocalist Lisa adds a
nice touch of airiness to the tightly woven guitars and keyboards punctuated
by a throbbing bass.
main drawback with Xandria is, unfortunately, that they lack truly great
songs. Of course, there are a few - "Kill the Sun", "She’s
Nirvana" and "So You Disappear" among others - which stand
out. After several listens to the album one still searches for a few tunes
to include in the next compilation for the car.
all in all, a good debut album. I look forward to meeting the - dark -
future with Xandria.
sidenote: Did you know that Xandria also is an American manufacturer of
adult toys? Strange thought…