Sacrificium (Xandria album)

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Sacrificium
Xandria sacrificium - album cover.jpg
Studio album by Xandria
Released 2 May 2014 (2014-05-02)
Recorded at Sandlane Recording Facilities, The Netherlands, and Gate Studios, Germany
Genre Symphonic metal, power metal
Length 66:33
Label Napalm
Producer Marco Heubaum, Joost van den Broek
Xandria chronology
Neverworld's End
(2012)Neverworld's End2012
Sacrificium
(2014)
Fire & Ashes
(2015)Fire & Ashes2015
Singles from Sacrificium
  1. "Dreamkeeper"
    Released: 4 April 2014
  2. "Nightfall"
    Released: 24 April 2014
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Metal Storm7.1/10 stars[1]
Metal Underground5/5 stars[2]
sputnikmusic4.5/5 stars[3]

Sacrificium is the sixth studio album by German symphonic metal band Xandria.[4] The record was released on 2 May 2014 via Napalm Records.[5][6]

In Latin, the word sacrificium means the performance of an act that renders something sacer, sacred. Sacrifice reinforced the powers and attributes of divine beings, and inclined them to render benefits in return (the principle of do ut des).

Background[edit]

According to the band, the new album will "continue the musical journey and direction" of their last album, Neverworld's End, but "will bring in even more of everything people liked" about it.

Right before recording began, the band parted ways with their singer of three years, Manuela Kraller. She was replaced by Dutch singer Dianne van Giersbergen, who also fronts the progressive metal band, Ex Libris.[7][8] This record is also the first album to feature Steven Wussow on bass.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Marco Heubaum (except where noted).

Standard & Mediabook Edition - CD 1
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Sacrificium" Marco Heubaum, Benjamin Schwenen10:07
2."Nightfall" Marco Heubaum, Benjamin Schwenen, Christian Steenken3:56
3."Dreamkeeper"  4:36
4."Stardust"  5:33
5."The Undiscovered Land"  7:22
6."Betrayer"  6:06
7."Until the End"  5:39
8."Come with Me" Marco Heubaum, Benjamin Schwenen, Christian Steenken4:56
9."Little Red Relish"Dianne van Giersbergen 4:32
10."Our Neverworld"  3:46
11."Temple of Hate"  5:50
12."Sweet Atonement"Dianne van GiersbergenMarco Heubaum, Nicolas Rebscher, Alexander Kim Lange4:14
Total length:66:33
Mediabook Edition - CD 2
No.TitleMusicLength
1."The Watcher" (Bonus Track) 4:43
2."Sacrificium" (Instrumental)Marco Heubaum, Benjamin Schwenen10:04
3."Nightfall" (Instrumental)Marco Heubaum, Benjamin Schwenen, Christian Steenken3:56
4."Dreamkeeper" (Instrumental) 4:36
5."Stardust" (Instrumental) 5:33
6."The Undiscovered Land" (Instrumental) 7:22
7."Betrayer" (Instrumental) 6:05
8."Until the End" (Instrumental) 5:39
9."Come with Me" (Instrumental)Marco Heubaum, Benjamin Schwenen, Christian Steenken4:56
10."Little Red Relish" (Instrumental) 4:32
11."Our Neverworld" (Instrumental) 3:46
12."Temple of Hate" (Instrumental) 5:49
13."Sweet Atonement" (Instrumental)Marco Heubaum, Nicolas Rebscher, Alexander Kim Lange4:14
Total length:71:11

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart[9] 71
German Albums Chart[10] 25
Swiss Albums Chart[11] 48
UK Albums Chart[12] 176
US Top Heatseekers[13] 25

Personnel[edit]

Xandria

Credits[edit]

  • Music arranged by Marco Heubaum, Gerit Lamm, Philip Restemeier, Steven Wussow, Dianne van Giersbergen and Joost van den Broek.
  • Produced by Marco Heubaum and Joost van den Broek
  • Mixed by Sascha Paeth at Gate Studios, Germany
  • Vocals recorded, engineerded and co-produced by Sascha Paeth at Gate Studios, Germany
  • Drums, choir and strings recorded and engineered by Joost van den Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities, The Netherlands
  • Assistant engineering by Arne Wiegand and Jos Driessen
  • Orchestral and choir arrangements, sound design, programming and keys by Joost van den Broek
  • The choir of the sacrificed: PA'dam choir, The Netherlands
  • Narration by Amanda Somerville & Mark Burnash

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metal Storm: Xandria - Sacrificium". metalstorm.net. 2014-05-02. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  2. ^ "Metal Underground: Xandria - Sacrificium". Retrieved 2014-05-16.
  3. ^ "Sputnikmusic : Xandria - Sacrificium". Retrieved 2014-05-16.
  4. ^ "New album: cover, title, release date, and tour". xandria.de. 2014-01-07. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  5. ^ "Xandria - Reveal New Album Details". metalstorm.net. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  6. ^ "Xandria – Sacrificium". discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  7. ^ "XANDRIA: New Album Title, Cover Artwork, Release Date Revealed". blabbermouth.net. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  8. ^ "Announcement". xandria.de. 25 October 2013. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  9. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Xandria - Sacrificium". austriancharts.at.
  10. ^ "officialcharts.de". Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Xandria - Sacrificium - hitparade.ch". hitparade.ch.
  12. ^ "Xandria: 'Sacrificium' First Week Chart Positions - Blabbermouth.net". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Sacrificium". Billboard. Retrieved 25 November 2014.

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