India (Xandria album)

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India
Xandria India.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 22, 2005
RecordedDecember 2004 – June 2005
StudioPleasurepark Studios, Belgium
GenrePower metal
Length51:58
LabelDrakkar Entertainment
ProducerJosé Alvarez-Brill
Xandria chronology
Ravenheart
(2004)
India
(2005)
Salomé – The Seventh Veil
(2007)
Singles from India
  1. "In Love with the Darkness"
    Released: 2005

India is the third studio album by German symphonic metal band Xandria. It was released on 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]

Writing the songs, we noticed that many of the words describe points on this journey, on this quest. Be it disappointments, love, struggles, decisions we have to take. And thus it was logical to frame the songs by both title tracks "India" and "Return to India", because by doing this we take a musical trip through them as well.

Marco Heubaum statement on the Xandria Official Site[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."India"Marco HeubaumHeubaum5:17
2."Now & Forever"HeubaumHeubaum3:20
3."In Love with the Darkness"Lisa Middelhauve, Nils MiddelhauveL. Middelhauve, Heubaum, N. Middelhauve3:49
4."Fight Me"HeubaumHeubaum3:37
5."Black and Silver"L. Middelhauve, N. MiddelhauveL. Middelhauve, Heubaum3:56
6."Like a Rose on the Grave of Love"L. MiddelhauveL. Middelhauve4:25
7."Widescreen"N. MiddelhauveHeubaum4:15
8."The End of Every Story"HeubaumHeubaum, Philip Restemeier4:54
9."Who We Are (And Who We Want to Be)"L. MiddelhauveL. Middelhauve4:17
10."Dancer"HeubaumHeubaum3:50
11."Winterhearted"L. Middelhauve, N. MiddelhauveL. Middelhauve, Heubaum, Restemeier4:18
12."Return to India"N. MiddelhauveN. Middelhauve6:00
13."Lullaby" (bonus track)  2:43
Total length:54:41

Personnel[edit]

All information from the album booklet.[6]

Xandria

  • Lisa Middelhauve – vocals
  • Marco Heubaum – guitar, keyboards, programming
  • Philip Restemeier – guitar, choir vocals
  • Nils Middelhauve – bass
  • Gerit Lamm – drums

Additional musicians

  • Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg – orchestra
  • Bernd Wefelmeyer – orchestra conductor
  • Jessica Thierjung (Lyriel) – vocals on "Like a Rose on the Grave of Love", choir vocals
  • Grant Stevens – spoken words and additional vocals on "India", choir vocals
  • Linda Laukamp (Lyriel) – solo cello on "The End of Every Story" and "Winterhearted", choir vocals
  • Oliver Thierjung – choir vocals
  • Gert Neumann (Sceal Eile) – guitar and mandolin on "Like a Rose on the Grave of Love"
  • Jens Barabasch (Sceal Eile) – whistles and gaita 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"
  • Nicolas Nohn – orchestration

Production

  • José Alvarez-Brill – producer, recording, mixing
  • Thomas Gwosdz – recording
  • Eroc – mastering
  • Kai Hoffmann – artwork
  • Dirk Schelpmeier – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Xandria – India". discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-01-27. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "XANDRIA - India" (in Italian). Rock Impressions.com. Retrieved 2010-04-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Xandria - India". Metal-Archives.com. Retrieved 2010-04-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "India chart" (in German). Musicline.de. Archived from the original on 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2010-04-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b "Xandria discography" (in German). Xandria Official Site. Archived from the original on 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2010-04-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ (2005). "India liner notes". In India [CD booklet]. Drakkar Entertainment.

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