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Original Songs, Cover Versions & Re-recordings - 66%

ColeMiner, August 6th, 2015

One year after releasing their sixth album with yet another new singer, Marco Heubaum & Co. are back with a new EP. However this EP is not entirely new. Along with three new songs it contains two covers and two re-recordings.

This EP is business as usual for Xandria. Most songs follow the general verse-chorus formula with loud-quiet dynamic. The EP is filled with upbeat songs with fast double bass drumming throughout except for the ballad like In Remembrance and the progressive metal opera I Would do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That). While the drumming is fast in most part, it lacks any creativity or variation. Keyboard is present throughout the songs as you would expect from Xandria. They add melody but don't enhance the atmosphere much. The guitars are mostly buried under the vocals and the drums. There isn't anything memorable riffwise. But there are a few solos thrown in which are one of the strongest points of the EP. But the best feature of the EP is Dianne van Giersbergen's voice. She puts a lot of emotion to the words which is most noticeable in the cover of Meat Loaf's epic song I Would do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That). The re-recorded version of Ravenheart and Now & Forever also sounds more emotional and Diane's vocals gives both song a refreshing vibe. These two are the catchiest songs in the EP. Sonata Arctica cover Don't Say a Word also sounds very energetic and refreshing in Diane's voice. Compared to them the three original songs sound rather boring. They are not as catchy as other songs and basically doesn't have to offer anything memorable.

Finally, this EP further proves that Xandria has found a very competent singer in Dianne van Giersbergen (no relation with Anneke van Giersbergen). But this band is definitely running out of ideas. So they should probably focus more on the songwriting instead of looking for a new singer for every new album.