Chuck Schuldiner Project

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Xandria have long stood out in the world of female fronted symphonic metal as having a little something more behind their sound. Maybe it's in the incredible layers of sound to be found here, or simply the top notch songwriting, but Xandria are greater than the sum of their parts and Sacrificum is an almost perfect proof of that. Another gem in their collective crown, this is the sort of metal group whose legend will never die but only soar, higher and prouder, triumphing over a legion of imitators and coming out as veritable masters of their chosen genre.

Personally, I've always been a big fan of Xandria's choruses, while they are not always fist pumping, they are certainly catchy and engaging, yet every song one has a unique vibe all of its own. For me, this is an essential part of what makes Xandria so much fun to listen too, their soundscapes are so rich that they can really do whatever they want in a song and have it work for the better. Another aspect that I really dig about this record is the voice overs, they give a very dramatic and epic flare to pieces like Betrayer. Toss in some soaring keyboard lines and you start to realize just how special Sacrificum really is, anyone who loves bombastic metal, will find something to dig here.

Be it in the flashy solos or triumphant riffage, this is the sort of heavy metal record that gets to the spirit of the genre, taking all of the fun, explosive and dynamic elements on putting them on display. Xandria really know how to play their instruments and their stunning approach to songwriting is not one to be taken lightly. I am looking forward to getting to hear more of this bands output simply because with each release they are getting better. So prepare to be taken in by lush soundscapes and beautiful vocals, Xandria may have just put out their best record yet.

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