Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Xandria - Theater Of Dimensions

Xandria have always been a cut above many of their peers in the symphonic power metal field. However for a while there it felt like maybe they had reached the peek of their talents, like the band had found a maximum point and couldn't go beyond that. As luck would have it Theater Of Dimensions blows the lid off of any expectations that we might have previously had of this band and reminds us why Xandria are one of the biggest names in genre today. Multifaceted and truly epic there is a lot to pick apart with this latest offering. 

The record as a whole feels like the band moved to a whole new world. Sure there are classic elements of Xandria here, but the closing track, Theater Of Dimensions is a truly epic piece, featuring many voices and multipart construction. It's a testament to all that the band has accomplished over the years and the fitting climax to a record that sees Xandria jumping from peak to peak. Sure symphonic metal isn't usually my bag, but sometimes you get a record like Theater Of Dimensions where the sheer scale of it is so epic and the creation so grandiose that you can't help but to invest more time and energy into what's been presented before you. 

It's hard to believe that this is already Xandria's seventh record, but the symphonic metal stalwarts seem to be showing no signs of slowing down. This is an album that sees some of their strongest compositions to date and serves as a resounding reminder that not only is power metal forever ongoing but that it has plenty of space to expand. This is an album that you can't help but want to delve into, there is simply so much going on here that even the most devoted underground freak or uptight pop princess will find something to love. 

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