Manuela Kraller Departs Xandria, Ex Libris Vocalist To Replace
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!
"BUT: The show must go on and it sure will! We promise, what began with "Neverworld's End" was just a start and is yet to be taken to a higher level! Dianne will debut on stage with Xandria during our Spain tour in November. We hope you all will be with us! The Dream is still alive!"
The new lineup is pictured here:
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