Xandria

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Xandria
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Xandria at Metalfest in Pilsen, Czech Republic (2014)
Background information
Origin Bielefeld, Germany
Genres Symphonic metal, power metal
Years active 1997, 1999–present
Labels Drakkar Entertainment (2003–2011)
Napalm (2011–present)
Website www.xandria.de
Members Marco Heubaum
Gerit Lamm
Philip Restemeier
Steven Wussow
Past members See below

Xandria is a German symphonic metal band, founded by Marco Heubaum in 1997.

History[edit]

Xandria was started as a project band in 1997 in Bielefeld, Germany by Marco Heubaum, the band's main composer and at the time vocalist, and a friend to play drums, but quickly disbanded after recording one demo.

The band was restarted with a different line-up in 1999. Marco stepped down from the role of vocalist and was joined by local musician Roland Krueger on bass. In 2000, they recorded one demo that was released on the internet and after its release current drummer Gerit Lamm joined the band. The female vocalist that recorded the demo left the band to follow other plans and was replaced by Lisa Schaphaus. At the same time, writing of the debut album started.

In 2002, the band signed to Drakkar Records and was joined by current lead guitarist Philip Restemeier. As work on the debut album progressed, the band started playing shows in and around Bielefeld. In the winter of 2002, the band entered the studio to record their debut album Kill the Sun. They released Kill the Sun in May 2003, and it reached No. 98 on the German music charts.[1] To promote the album, the band played a few shows with Schandmaul and Subway to Sally. Then they went on a three-week tour of Germany with Tanzwut.[2]

After playing some festivals in support of Kill the Sun, the band started writing their second album. Recording of the album began in December 2003 at Pleasure Park Studios, with producer José Alvarez-Brill. Production on the album was finished in February 2004. Shortly after the recordings were completed, bassist Roland Krueger left the band and was replaced by Nils Middelhauve. Ravenheart was released on May 24, 2004, and it stayed on the charts for seven weeks, reaching No. 36.[1]

In 2005 they released their third album, India, which reached No. 30 on the German charts.[1] Xandria began recording their fourth album, Salomé – The Seventh Veil, on December 14, 2006. It was released on May 25, 2007 and reached No. 41 on the German charts.[1]

Lisa Middelhauve (neé Schaphaus) resigned on April 30, 2008 citing personal reasons and discomfort in being the band's frontwoman. The band found a new singer in February 2009, Kerstin Bischof a.k.a. Lakonia, best known for her collaborations with the band Axxis. However, after just one year Kerstin Bischof decided to leave the band to concentrate on a different career, and Middelhauve replaced her for a series of concerts in Summer 2010.[3] On December 19, 2010, Xandria announced the addition of 29-year-old female singer Manuela Kraller to the group's ranks. Manuela Kraller made her live debut at the "Classic Meets Pop" event on January 7, 2011 at the Seidensticker Halle in Bielefeld, Germany.[4]

On February 24, 2012, Neverworld's End was released. It was the only album Manuela Kraller had made with the band.

On February 5, 2013, the band announced on their website and Facebook page their new bass player Steven Wussow, along with the message that they would have entered the studio again for their next studio album the same year.

As of October 25, 2013, the band announced on their website that Kraller had left the band to pursue a different career and announced Dutch Ex Libris singer Dianne van Giersbergen as their new vocalist. Sacrificium was released in the following year. The year after, the band released their first EP titled Fire & Ashes on July 31, 2015.

Their new album, Theater of Dimensions was released on January 27, 2017.[5] Following the release of the album, Xandria embarked on a few shows in Europe including their first headlining tour in North America with Kobra and the Lotus and Once Human in May 2017.[6] Due to personal reasons, Xandria has canceled their upcoming second half of the US tour as well as the Russian tour, but is in the process of setting up new tours for 2018. Aeva Maurelle from the band Aeverium will be the temporary vocalist for the European dates in the fall.[7]

On September 13, 2017, Dianne posted on her Facebook page that she had left Xandria.[8] This due to having received pressure to perform from Xandria's management and the band while being physically unable to, giving her stress confirmed by doctors. Two days later on September 15, 2017, ex-vocalist Manuela Kraller shared a message to the public on her facebook page, revealing that her reason to leave four years earlier was the exact same one.[9] She praised Dianne for having the courage to be open about the situation to the public, which she didn't dare to at the time, but now finally did. Ex-vocalist Lisa Middelhauve also released a statement about Dianne's departure on the same day.[10]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Peak positions
GER[1] AUT SWI[11]
2003 Kill the Sun 98
2004 Ravenheart 36
2005 India 30
2007 Salomé – The Seventh Veil 49
2012 Neverworld's End 43 51
2014 Sacrificium 25 71 48
2017 Theater of Dimensions 17 56 25

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title
2008 Now & Forever – Best of Xandria

EPs[edit]

Year Title
2015 Fire & Ashes

Demos[edit]

Year Title
1997 Xandria
2001 Kill the Sun

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
GER[12]
2004 "Ravenheart" Ravenheart
"Eversleeping" 861
2007 "Save My Life" Salomé – The Seventh Veil

1 Limited edition

Promo singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2003 "Kill the Sun" Kill the Sun
2005 "In Love with the Darkness" India
2007 "Sisters of the Light"1 Salomé – The Seventh Veil
2012 "Valentine" Neverworld's End
2014 "Dreamkeeper" Sacrificium
"Nightfall"
2015 "Don't Say a Word" Fire & Ashes (EP)
"Voyage of the Fallen"
2017 "We Are Murderers (We All)" Theater of Dimensions
"Call of Destiny"
"Queen of Hearts Reborn"

1 As Xandria vs. Jesus on Extasy

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Marco Heubaum – guitar, keyboards (1997–present)
  • Gerit Lamm – drums (1997–present)
  • Philip Restemeier – guitar (2001–present)
  • Steven Wussow – bass (2013–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Niki Weltz – drums (1997)
  • Manuel Vinke – guitar (1997)
  • Andreas Litschel – keyboards (1997)
  • Nicole Tobien – vocals (1997)
  • Holger Vester – bass (1997)
  • Jens Becker – guitar (1999–2000)
  • Andreas Maske – guitar (2000–2001)
  • Roland Krueger – bass (1999–2004)
  • Kerstin Bischof – vocals (2009–2010)
  • Lisa Middelhauve – vocals, piano (2000–2008, 2010)
  • Nils Middelhauve – bass (2004–2012)
  • Manuela Kraller – vocals (2010–2013)
  • Dianne van Giersbergen - vocals (2013–2017)

Timeline[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Xandria — Longplay-Chartverfolgung". musicline.de (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Biography". Xandria. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Xandria once again looking for lead singer". Blabbermouth. 18 February 2010. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.roadrunnerreords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=151171[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "XANDRIA To Release 'Theater Of Dimensions' Album In January". Blabbermouth.net. September 22, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Xandria to Tour North America with Kobra and the Lotus & Once Human". Blabbermouth.net. March 17, 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ "XANDRIA Cancels U.S. Tour, Announces Stand-In Singer For European shows". Blabbermouth. September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Vocalist DIANNE VAN GIERSBERGEN - "I Am Leaving XANDRIA"; Emotional Audio Message Streaming". BraveWords. September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Manuela Kraller - Shocked about the news, that Dianne left...". Facebook. September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Aaaand here we go. The statement. Of... - Lisa Middelhauve". Facebook. September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Xandria". Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Xandria — Single-Chartverfolgung". Musicline.de (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 

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