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Formed: 1997
From: Bielefeld, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Xandria News

Below is our complete Xandria news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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New Bands Announced For 70000 Tons Of Metal

The annual 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise has resumed announcing bands for the 2014 installment, the latest of which is: Satyricon, The Haunted and Cripper. For The Haunted, it will be the first show with the new lineup (see introduction video here).

The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.

The trio joins the previously announced acts (Note: Kamelot cancelled its appearance due to schedule conflicts), with 24 more acts still to come:

Dark Tranquility
Death Angel
Fear Factory
Leaves' Eyes
Swallow the Sun
Symphony X
Xandria More...

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Xandria Splits With Vocalist Manuela Kraller

German symphonic metal act Xandria announced the departure of vocalist Manuela Kraller from the band. Kraller took over for departing vocalist Lisa Middlehauve in 2009 and sang on the latest LP "Neverworld's Dream" (see review here). According to the vocalist, her reasons for departure were to follow a different musical path.

The announcement reads: "Hello everyone! Probably to a big surprise for everyone in here, we are announcing Dianne van Giersbergen to be our new lead singer! Dianne, 28 years old and from the Netherlands, might be known to many from her Dutch band Ex Libris.

"At the same time, Dianne's arrival means the departure of Manuela Kraller, who regrettably decided to continue a different musical path. Certainly, that was a big shock to all of us hearing Manu say she wanted to try other things. With major regrets we had to let her go. Not an easy task to deal with, whilst the goal was untouchable: To continue the musical journey we had taken with "Neverworld's End". But: We are very happy to have found THE new voice and face in Xandria who will continue this fantastic ride, our last album "Neverworld's End" had taken us to. And we are yet to sail way, way further with Dianne now!

"Manuela thanks all fans and us in a personal statement: 'After three years with the boys in Xandria, I decided to follow a different path and go my own musical way.' Manuela leaves with regret but also full of gratitude, thanking Xandria and fans for the time together and being grateful for the 'wonderful moments in mutual tours and shows.' She is 'wishing Dianne and band all the very best for the future!.'

"Last weekend's shows in Leipzig, Germany and in Pratteln (Switzerland) at the 'Masters of Symphonic Metal' Festival have been the last concerts for Manu performing together with Xandria. We will certainly miss Manuela! We are also thankful for the magical time we shared and wish her all the best for the future! More...

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Xandria Enters Studio

German symphonic metal act Xandria has just hit studio this past week to start recording the long awaited successor of their critically acclaimed album "Neverworld's End" (see review here).

The yet to be titled new album is the sixth studio album in the band's career. The production is a collaboration with Joost van den Broek (After Forever, Star One, ReVamp, etc.) and Sascha Paeth (Edguy, Epica, Avantasia and many more), joining forces with band's main composer Marco Heubaum, mutually responsible for the upcoming work.

The release date of the longplayer is yet to be announced, supposedly sometime in the first quarter of 2014 via Napalm Records More...

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ProgPower USA XIV: A Friday To Remember

Internationally respected, domestically loved, and locally interesting (“Look at all these black-shirted people walking into this Einstein Bagel Co!”), the ProgPower USA festival returned to its frequent home at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend for its fourteenth year of bringing quality metal to the stateside masses.

Through the hallowed gates (err… glass and metal doors) of the venue, almost anything was possible on the days of September 5-7. To some, it was an ocean of opportunity or a place to be reborn in metal. To others, a place to spend endless nights with the masters of the world themselves. To most of the 1,000+ attendees, it was where they went to reach within, feel alive, and leave with a sense of pride -- nobody was wondering “Why am I here?,” even if it was only the 1st chapter of their ProgPower story. (For this writer, the festival was also a chance to write 9 song/album titles from the bands that would be performing at the show into this second paragraph about the show. Because it sounded really cool.)

As previously detailed, the festival brought 5 bands to the states for the first time and 16 in total throughout the three days, with an extra 2 added to that in a separate Wednesday show. When I had arrived on Friday, the ProgPower elite who had come both days prior to it were feeling quite at ease and even had a sort of comfortable glow about them. I later learned that this was due in part to warm hangovers, but mostly due the awesomeness of the concerts on the days leading up to Friday, which were written about in part by Metal Underground admin CROMCarl. This, however, is the record of my time at this year's crazy heavy wonderland. More...

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ProgPower USA XIV: At A Glance

In its 14th year for 2013, the ProgPower USA Festival is one of the longest-running US festivals, and the longest-running US multi-day festival to feature bands from outside the US.

This year, it has the special distinction of being the US debut show for five bands. Totaling more than a hundred and twenty band performances in its time, it has developed a reputation as a tastemakers’ festival, heightening awareness within the US of foreign bands.

It can be a daunting festival, price- and endurance-wise, but it’s one that should be considered if the genres it derives its name from at all turn your head. Here’s what you can expect from this year’s celebration of the fast and the nerdy down at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia, starting on September 4th. More...

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ReinXeed Cancels ProgPower USA Performance

Swedish metal act ReinXeed has cancelled its first U.S. performance, which was scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta, GA. Festival promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Chicago progressive metal act Divinity Compromised will fill the 2-3pm opening spot for that day.

The band provided the following explanation: "We are very sorry to announce our cancellation of ProgPower USA and all other shows and festivals in 2013. Due to personal private reasons Tommy ReinXeed will not do any more live shows after the "Rock out Wild" festival and for the rest of the year.

"We are all very sorry about this but respect his decision and are looking forward to the upcoming release of the album 'A New World' and new strength and motivation to tour in the future."

The revised lineup for ProgPower USA is as follows:

Thursday, September 5, 2013 (Kickoff Show):

In The Silence - 6:00 to 6:45
Circle II Circle - 7:15 to 8:45
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody - 9:30 to 11:45 More...

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Carcass Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have checked in with the following announcement about confirming Carcass for the lineup:

"Only Your Dead And Lifeless Carcass Will Return! Please welcome Carcass with their new line-up with Jeff Walker on vocals and bass, Bill Steer on lead guitar, Daniel Wilding on drums and Ben Ash on guitar on board 70,000 Tons of Metal, the World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!

"Just imagine: In January 2014, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship Majesty of the Seas for 5 days and 4 nights.

"Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal!"

The first 14 out of 40 bands have been announced: More...

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Xandria Reveals New Bassist

Xandria has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist:

"The name of the new Xandria bass player is Steven Wussow, and he will debut on stage with us in April and May when we are going to play Russia, Belarus, Argentina and Brazil!

"He is known for his work with bands like Domain, Shylock, and Illectronic Rock, and we are thrilled to have found THE candidate we had been chasing for over the past months!

"We are excited to start our upcoming live and recording endevours with Steven – because this year Xandria will also hit the studio again for the next album! Yes, as we said, this year will be a hell of a ride! Here you can get to know the new Xandria member a bit more!"

Steven also comments: "On stage I feel at home and it's the streets where my heart is. Having passed a few lights and crossroads in my search, I am happy to finally have found my partners in crime I was looking for!"

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Xandria Updates Tour Schedule

Xandria has checked in with the following announcement about adding on an additional South American show in May:

"Another date has been added to the South American voyage in May, it will be in Rio de Janeiro! Here are the dates for South America so far:

04 May 2013 – Buenos Aires – The Roxy Live (Argentina)
05 May 2013 – São Paulo – Blackmore Rock Bar (Brazil)
06 May 2013 – Rio de Janeiro - Teatro Odisséia (Brazil)

"Please find the ticket links on the 'Live' page right here!"

Xandria's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Xandria Heading Out On Tour With Kamelot

Xandria has checked in with the following update about upcoming European shows with Kamelot and Blackguard:

"Xandria will hit the road again this week to play another full European tour. After a phenomenal co-headline slot at last week's MetalFemaleVoices Festival in Belgium, Xandria will play 20 shows as special guest of US metal kings Kamelot - along with two more support acts, Canada's Blackguard and Triosphere from Norway.

"At the same time we are happy to announce the re-launch of the all renewed band web site. Swing by and follow the band in its newsletter, forums, social media platforms and always on Xandria.de. The new homepage is relaunched just now!

"But – for the time being, come out and join Xandriaon their tour with Kamelot, Blackguard and Triosphere.

"On bass guitar, US-born and German resident Lance Christensen will fill in on this tour after yearlong four stringer Nils Middelhauve departed from the band a few months ago. Please give Lance a warm welcome on these shows!"

The dates are as follows: More...

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Xandria Comments On Upcoming Shows

Xandria has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances and tour dates:

"Xandria will be giving their US debut next year on the renowned ProgPower festival in Atlanta, Georgia! Date is September 6th 2013. We want to see all you US fans of Xandria there in the front row, ok?

"From the West to the East: We would also like to announce the first Russian date for the current album: Saturday, 13.04.2013 Club Arctica, St. Petersburg . Yes, it's a Xandria headliner show - see all you fans from the area there!

"We are happy to announce our next European Tour as special guest of American Melodic-Power-Metal Gods Kamelot! We will come all over Europe in November, along with Kamelot, Blackguard (CAN) and Triosphere (NOR). Find all dates below and if we are next to your hometown, come and rock with us!!! Looking forward to see you all on tour – it's gonna be a ball! " More...

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ProgPower USA Reveals 2013 Festival Lineup

Just following Epica's performance on the first day of ProgPower USA XIII, festival promoter Glenn Harveston revealed the lineup for ProgPower XIV, held annually at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. For 2013, Saturday's event will be held on Friday, September 6-7, 2013 and will have one less band, but Saturday there will be a triple co-headliner. The roster was revealed as the following:

Friday, Sept. 6, 2012:

Damnation Angels
Ashes of Ares
Soilwork (co-headliner)
Shadow Gallery (co-headliner)

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2012:

Heaven's Cry
Circus Maximus (co-headliner)
Armored Saint (co-headliner)
Sabaton (co-headliner) More...

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Kamelot Announces Support Acts For European Tour

Kamelot is pleased to announce the support bands for an upcoming European headliner tour on the heels of new album "Silverthorn." Kamelot will be joined by German symphonic metallers Xandria, Norways's own powerful progressive heavy metal band Triosphere, and from Montreal Canada, the melodic death metallers Blackguard will complete the package.

Blackguard recently toured with Kamelot on the 2011 Pandemonium Tour in North America and have proved to be a great addition to the billing. "Every tour we work to bring the fans a diverse and unique support band experience, this year is no exception, the guys are all great people and they will kick serious ass for the fans" states Kamelot's Founder Thomas Youngblood.

Kamelot will be touring in support of upcoming album "Silverthorn," to be released at the end of October via Steamhammer/SPV (N.A./EU) and King Records (Japan). More...

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Xandria Posts Open Call For New Bassist

After announcing the departure of bassist Nils Middehauve, German symphonic metal band Xandria are reaching out to find his replacement. The open ad for the job reads as follows:

"This is your chance to apply for the job:

"If you think you are the perfect match and of course can play your instrument very well, please send an email with all relevant info, pictures of you, sound samples, links to Youtube clips with you playing etc. - basically whatever you have - to management@xandria.de Deadline is August 31st!"

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Xandria Parting With Bassist

German act Xandria has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:

"We sadly have to announce the departure of our yearlong bass guitar player Nils Middelhauve today. It was mainly due to personal reasons why Nils took the decision to split ways in the future. It gradually became obvious to him that some points of view vastly grew apart, concluding in Nils’ determination to not continue in Xandria anymore. Especially since all members are friends first and foremost, any more compromises had been even more hurtful. The band regrets Nils’ decision, yet is respecting it at the same time, even though everyone is really sad about it.

"Us, the remaining members in Xandria, are still a bit shocked and paralyzed and we can hardly imagine to continue without our yearlong fellow. We went through so many good and rough times together – Nils always gave everything for the band and we all have to be very grateful for his work! Nils – we will never forget the times we had together and we wish you all the best for the future! Thanx for everything!

"At this stage no replacement has been determined. We will carefully look for an adequate successor. Nils kindly will play any show confirmed so far, if no replacement will be found by the time of these very shows."

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Xandria's Bassist To Miss Upcoming Tour Dates

Xandria has issued the following announcement about the band's bass player having to sit out upcoming live shows:

"Bad luck for our bass guitar player Nils. Whilst we were playing the most recent shows w/Epica, Nils severely hurt his right forefinger on stage which eventually led to a serious blood poisoning after the last show.

"Due to this sepsis he had to undergo surgery twice in the course of the past week, which will now disable him to tour for the upcoming 4-6 weeks. Nils surely is extremely disappointed to not hit the road again in April, but feels comfortable in knowing there is a well-known substitute: Xandria's European tour w/Epica and Stream of Passion in April will now be played with Serenity's Fabio d'Amore, who is happy to fill in on bass guitar for the tour.

"So, no worries, we won't miss a single show. Please come out and support Fabio on his spontaneous new endeavor and wish Nils all the best for a return very soon!"

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Napalm To Release Free Sampler At PaganFest

Three Napalm Records recording artists - Alestorm, Arkona, and Huntress - will be joining headliners Turisas as direct support for this year's installment of the PaganFest America tour. To celebrate this monumental tour, Napalm Records is giving away a free label sampler on a first-come/first-served basis to all PaganFest America Part III ticket-buyers. Entitled "With Us Or Against Us - Operation Bald Eagle," this Napalm label sampler includes the following track list:

1) HUNTRESS - Spell Eater
2) MOONSPELL - Lickanthrope
3) MOONSPELL - White Skies
4) CANDLEMASS - Dancing in the Temple of the Mad Queen Bee
5) KONTRUST - Sock 'n' Doll
6) NACHTBLUT - Eiskönigin
7) ATOMA - Rainmen
8) LONEWOLF - Army of the Damned
9) THE GRAVIATORS - Häxagram
10) XANDRIA - Valentine
11) HEIDEVOLK - Een Nieuw Begin
12 DIABULUS IN MUSICA - Sceneries of Hope
13) HELLSAW - Silence
14) IRON FIRE - Taken
15) NEMESEA - Afterlife
16) SVÖLK - 52
17) ARKONA - Slovo
18) THULCANDRA - Black Flags of Hate More...

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Epica Announces Support Acts For European Tour

Dutch symphonic metal band Epica announced that support for the first leg of the "Requiem for the Indifferent" European Tour will come from country mates Stream of Passion and Germany's Xandria. Epica will release "Requiem for the Indifferent" on March 9, 2012 (EU) and March 13, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records (see Metal Underground's review at this location).

For dates and venues for Epica w/Stream of Passion and Xandria, head over to this location.

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Xandria Posts Track-By-Track Video

German symphonic metal band Xandria has posted a new track-by-track video featuring drummer Gerit Lamm and guitarist Marco Heubaum. They give insight into every single track of the album, its making-of, the music and the meaning behind the lyrics (Metal Underground's review can be found at this location).

"Neverworld's End" is out through Napalm Records on the following release schedule:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: February 24, 2012
Spain, Finland, Sweden: February 22, 2012
Rest of Europe: February 27, 2012
USA, Canada: March 6, 2012

Check out the video here: More...

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Xandria Posts New Music Video

They say timing is everything, so today German symphonic metal band Xandria has posted its new music video for the single "Valentine." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Neverworld's End" due out through Napalm Records on the following release schedule:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: February 24, 2012
Spain, Finland, Sweden: February 22, 2012
Rest of Europe: February 27, 2012
USA, Canada: March 6, 2012

Check out the video, shown through an association between the band and EMP Merchandising, below:

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