India (Xandria album)

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India
Studio album by Xandria
Released August 22, 2005
Recorded Pleasurepark Studios, Belgium
December 2004 - June 2005
Genre Symphonic metal
Length 51:58
Label Drakkar Entertainment
Producer José Alvarez-Brill
Xandria chronology
Ravenheart
(2004)
India
(2005)
Salomé – The Seventh Veil
(2007)
Singles from India
  1. "In Love with the Darkness"
    Released: 2005 (2005)
"In Love With The Darkness"
Single by Xandria
from the album India
Released 2005
Format CD, single
Recorded 2005
Genre Symphonic rock
Length 3:49
Label Drakkar Records 82876 711892

India is the third studio album by German symphonic metal band Xandria. It was released in August 22, 2005 via Drakkar Entertainment label.[1] The album also released one single, "In Love with the Darkness".

In comparison with its predecessor Ravenheart, the album presents a larger variety of musical ideas and a more powerful and dynamic sound, a clear progression for the band.[2] The album features the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg and several guest musicians: the Irish folk band Sceal Eile, musicians and the female singer of the band Lyriel and the Australian Grant Stevens.

The producer José Alvarez-Brill is the same of Ravenheart. The recordings took place with some interruptions used for further song writing and arranging from December 2004 to June 2005.[3] The album was released on August 22, 2005 and reached #30 in the German album charts.[4]

Concept[edit]

Christopher Columbus wanted to reach the goal of finding a new sea route to India. He never discovered it, but something just as important—America. Just like he sailed westwards filled with his goal, we are striving for our goals in life, maybe even for our one and only goal. And often we find, like Columbus, something completely different on our way, something that is new, that becomes important to us. India stands for this one goal, as a symbol for what we are looking for and maybe do not find at all—but something completely different instead.[5]

Marco Heubaum statement on the Xandria Official Site[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "India"   Marco Heubaum Heubaum 5:17
2. "Now & Forever"   Heubaum Heubaum 3:20
3. "In Love with the Darkness"   Lisa Middelhauve, Nils Middelhauve L. Middelhauve, Heubaum, N. Middelhauve 3:49
4. "Fight Me"   Heubaum Heubaum 3:37
5. "Black and Silver"   L. Middelhauve, N. Middelhauve L. Middelhauve, Heubaum 3:56
6. "Like a Rose on the Grave of Love"   L. Middelhauve L. Middelhauve 4:25
7. "Widescreen"   N. Middelhauve Heubaum 4:15
8. "The End of Every Story"   Heubaum Heubaum, Philip Restemeier 4:54
9. "Who We Are (and Who We Want to Be)"   L. Middelhauve L. Middelhauve 4:17
10. "Dancer"   Heubaum Heubaum 3:50
11. "Winterhearted"   L. Middelhauve, N. Middelhauve L. Middelhauve, Heubaum, Restemeier 4:18
12. "Return to India"   N. Middelhauve N. Middelhauve 6:00
13. "Lullaby" (bonus track)     2:43
Total length:
54:41

Personnel[edit]

Xandria
  • Lisa Middelhauve – vocals
  • Marco Heubaum – guitar, keyboards
  • Philip Restemeier – guitar
  • Nils Middelhauve – bass
  • Gerit Lamm – drums
Additional musicians
  • Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg – conducted by Bernd Wefelmeyer
  • Jessica Thierjung (Lyriel) – vocals on "Like a Rose on the Grave of Love"
  • Grant Stevens – spoken words and additional vocals on "India"
  • Linda Laukamp (Lyriel) – solo cello on "The End of Every Story" and "Winterhearted"
  • Gert Neumann (Sceal Eile) – guitar and mandolin on "Like a Rose on the Grave of Love"
  • Jens Barabasch (Sceal Eile) – whistles and gaita[disambiguation needed] on "Like a Rose on the Grave of Love"
  • Johannes Schiefner (Sceal Eile) – uilleann pipes and keyboards on "Like a Rose on the Grave of Love"
  • Stefan Lammert (Sceal Eile) – percussion on "Like a Rose on the Grave of Love"
  • Volker Kamp (Sceal Eile) – kontrabass on "Like a Rose on the Grave of Love"
Production
  • José Alvarez-Brill – producer, engineer, mixing, keyboards
  • Tomas Gwosdz – assistant engineer
  • Michael Schubert – engineer
  • Nicolas Nohn – orchestral arrangements and direction
  • Eroc – mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Xandria – India". discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  2. ^ "XANDRIA - India" (in Italian). Rock Impressions.com. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Xandria - India". Metal-Archives.com. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  4. ^ "India chart" (in German). Musicline.de. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  5. ^ a b "Xandria discography" (in German). Xandria Official Site. Retrieved 2010-04-24. 

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