Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Symphonic Metal
Release date: 2 May, 2014
Playing time: 68:50

Xandria is off course one of many up- and coming bands that started to appear on the rear-end of the huge success Nightwish had with Tarja. And just like the masters of symphonic metal they are playing multi-layered, fast and powerful metal with an angelic operatic female vocalist, who hits all the right note in the highest register.

But the genre is crowded and the supply is big, demand has been going down, so in order to survive you really have to bring something special to the scene. But I do not hear any vast improvement from "Neverworld's End" (2012) to this new album. Not that this is a bad album by any means, no you can't put a finger on any aspects of product; but it will in my humble opinion not bring Xandria any further up the latter.

"Sacrificium" is a solid effort with all the ingredients you would expect from a female fronted symphonic metal release in 2014, and hard-core fans of the genre will swallow this like warm milk, but to make me a bit more excited I simply need to be challenged more.


01. Sacrificium
02. Nightfall
03. Dreamkeeper
04. Stardust
05. The Undiscovered Land
06. Betrayer
07. Until the End
08. Come With Me
09. Little Red Relish
10. Our Neverworld
11. Temple of Hate
12. Sweet Atonement
Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: 27 April, 2014
Website: www.xandria.de