Inside Warrior
Style: Progressive Rock
Release date: May 22nd 2009

From the promotional info-sheet: "Imagine Evanescence mixed with Enigma goes Kate Bush.....enter: X-ANIMA". Pretty big words and a rather strange combination, so I had to find out if it all was true.

I can certainly hear the Enigma and Kate Bush references, but fail to hear the reference to Evanescence. X-Anima is trying to create a new groundbreaking crossover sound and does succeed to some degree. Creating a symbiosis of electronica, symphonic and pop-rock with well written soundscapes and a very good vocal in Jade Ell.

The combination of synthesizers, ethnic sounds and some heavy riffs is the perfect foundation for Jade's cool pipes, and her singing style is very close to Kate Bush and she delivers on this album. But the album is missing a very vital part: power!

The songs never really take off and excel, they just flow you by; sounding nice and innovative. Still a fine debut album and a good foundation to built on. I would have liked a few harder and heavier parts on the album to catch my attention... but it wasn't to be...

01. The Deep and the Damage
02. Caged
03. Poltergeist
04. Into the Lens
05. Born into the Skin
06. Soaring
07. The Essence of Being
08. Exodus
09. Inside Warrior
10. Reality Remains
11. Short Sighted
12. So Fragile
Label: Lion Music
Promotion: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier/Amigo (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: May 17th 2009
Website: www.xanima.eu