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Xandria - The Wonders Still Awaiting

7.5 | 99 votes |
Release date: 3 February 2023
Style: Symphonic metal


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01. Two Worlds
02. Reborn
03. You Will Never Be Our God [feat. Ralf Scheepers]
04. The Wonders Still Awaiting
05. Ghosts
06. Your Stories I'll Remember
07. My Curse Is My Redemption
08. Illusion Is Their Name
09. Paradise
10. Mirror Of Time
11. Scars
12. The Maiden And The Child
13. Astéria

Ambre Vourvahis - vocals
Marco Heubaum - guitars, keyboards, vocals
Robert "Rob" Klawonn - guitars
Dimitrio Gatsios - drums
Tim Schwarz - bass

Guest musicians
Ralf Scheepers - vocals

Staff review by
Here it is, the review of the February 2023 album that’s the first outing of the new-look version of a symphonic metal heavyweight, after the band’s founding keyboardist kicked out everyone else a year or so ago... wait, why are you telling me that Omne already reviewed the new Delain album? I'm talking about the new Xandria record, obviously.

published 16.02.2023 | Comments (2)

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03.02.2023 - 08:28
Rating: 7

This was nothing new and unheard of but it worked. There is so many symphonic metal bands nowadays that I kinda don't like to keep track but I'm happy I listened to this. It's a long album but there is good amount of harsh vocals which kept me awake. It still could have been shorter.
03.02.2023 - 09:42
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I liked it much more than expected. The main problem with this are the melodies. It lacks catchiness of "Neverworlds End" and "Sacrificium", but in general very pleasant comeback.
03.02.2023 - 10:41
Troy Killjoy
It only seems right that Marco Heubaum collaborate with Critical Role for their upcoming animated series.
"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
03.02.2023 - 18:08
Rating: 7
Way too formulaic. I wish I could rate it better, but a "good album" is more than enough for a disc with practically no boldness.
03.02.2023 - 19:18
Rating: 8

On first listen as expected, first 5 tracks which were already released are the best, then 6th track is also amazing, the rest not so much.
04.02.2023 - 20:03
Rating: 8
Mehdi Taba
Mehdi Taba
It's fresh and they tried to make a different album, a bombastic one, but it's not that great.

05.02.2023 - 00:52
Rating: 4

Ten years ago, Xandria was among the symphonic metal champions. This is but a shadow.
05.02.2023 - 08:26
Rating: 8

I dunno, i've really fallen out of love with symphonic metal in the past couple years, trading it for the likes of black metal and metalgaze. alcest and immortal and the like.

but god damn does this tug at the nostalgia heartstrings. it's really doing it for me.
05.02.2023 - 19:09
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Tage Westerlund
Not sure but this might be their best, more good song writing, structured songs, new good looking singer did her job in videos whit looking good. Music, well never been fan of this band, need re listen, but like I said to me its best. Only problem is such bands shoot make longer albums as 50 minutes
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
06.02.2023 - 06:54
JoHn DoE

I liked a couple of albums from this band, I still don't know if I should give this a chance, symphonic metal is a hit and miss with me anyway.
I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
11.02.2023 - 01:00

Written by Ellinor on 05.02.2023 at 00:52

Ten years ago, Xandria was among the symphonic metal champions. This is but a shadow.

Not unlike most vanilla symphonic metal bands... (The bigger ones)
"Perception and fact, all the same: the truth's what you feel..."

Unpopular opinions is my middle name.
22.02.2023 - 21:49
Rating: 6

Pretty bland and boring. Vocals are weak and uninspired. Used to love this band so much, bring back Manuela!!
01.03.2023 - 19:44
Rating: 8

I agree with the fact there is nothing extremely bold with this album, yet I really find it good to not merit less than a 8. I really hope this "safe" album is just the beginning of something truly ... Epic(a, let's keep real, Epica with their latest albums really set a new formula for sympho bands)
04.03.2023 - 02:44
Rating: 10

Written by Elisyon on 22.02.2023 at 21:49

Pretty bland and boring. Vocals are weak and uninspired. Used to love this band so much, bring back Manuela!!

Well, people really has different tastes and viewpoint of things in life. I found it totally opposite to that. A very powerful and impressive release, with an Ambre's great performance. Such a great comeback with an all new line-up.

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