Release date: 22 February 2012
Style: Symphonic metal

Rating:

8.2 | 308 votes

Owners:

252 have it
29 want it


01. A Prophecy Of Worlds To Fall
02. Valentine
03. Forevermore
04. Euphoria
05. Blood On My Hands
06. Soulcrusher
07. The Dream Is Still Alive
08. The Lost Elysion
09. Call Of The Wind
10. A Thousand Letters
11. Cursed
12. The Nomad's Crown
13. When The Mirror Cracks [limited digipak bonus]
14. The Sailor And The Sea [Limited Digipak bonus]

The best Symphonic Metal album of 2012

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Staff review by
Ag Fox

Rating:
8.3
Do you miss the time when Nightwish was just being… Nightwish instead of Night-Pirates-Of-The-Caribbean-Disney-Wish? Then there are those that still wish Tarja hadn't left in the first place. With all due respect to Tuomas Holopainen's current expansive palette of musical ideas, I do think Nightwish's back catalogue is a major reason why they have such a massive following. Of course, Anette won't be singing in an operatic style all of a sudden and Tuomas loves the current direction he's taking the band to (and who knows, maybe they will succeed in bringing a killer album that will please both old and new fans next time round), so save for the few stuck-in-the-mud stragglers, world plus dog has moved on and lived happily ever after… And the fact is that there are those that constantly return to their worn out copies of Oceanborn / Wishmaster. Here is when Xandria's latest effort Neverworld's End comes into the picture.

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published 06.04.2012 | Comments (18)

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Metal_4Ever - 20.08.2011 at 07:18  
  Finally Xandria is come back!!
Blasphemer1992 - 07.02.2012 at 22:30  
Rating: 10 Hmm to be honest when I heard their song "Valentine" I was really impressed. It sounds like an old Nightwish album. Manuella has a really good soprano-trained voice, very similar to Tarja. When this album will be released I'll jump at the chance and listen to it !
annodomini - 18.02.2012 at 23:34  
Rating: 10 Http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00724L8PS/

samples sounds amazing.
Cassian - 21.02.2012 at 03:18  
  Can't wait!!!
Fred - 22.02.2012 at 12:32  
Rating: 9 This is a symphonic masterpiece. The comeback couldn't have been any better. Hats off Xandria.
mariano - 22.02.2012 at 14:48  
Rating: 9
Written by annodomini on 18.02.2012 at 23:34

Http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00724L8PS/

samples sounds amazing.

I listened to all the samples and I can tell already that this is going to be an album that every nostalgic Nightwish fan will love.
Fred - 22.02.2012 at 14:58  
Rating: 9
Written by mariano on 22.02.2012 at 14:48

Written by annodomini on 18.02.2012 at 23:34

Http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00724L8PS/

samples sounds amazing.

I listened to all the samples and I can tell already that this is going to be an album that every nostalgic Nightwish fan will love.


The album is all over the internet. If you are allowed to grab it, get it as soon as possible. You're not wrong at all
annodomini - 22.02.2012 at 15:56  
Rating: 10 And don't forget to buy it An enjoyable album, full of old Symphonic Gothic style. Probably a unique example in Female fronted scene, that taking step back to old sound, gives an opportunity to step two steps forward. Best Xandria album!
R'Vannith - 23.02.2012 at 03:34  
Rating: 9 I've only ever heard bits a pieces from this band, but this sounds really good at the moment. A Nightwish clone but well done nevertheless. "Cursed" is my favourite so far.
Dark†SymphonY - 23.02.2012 at 20:42  
Rating: 8 The album is very VERY good, but not a masterpiece at any standards. A few excellent songs, a few average ones and the rest, good. At the moment (after a few full listens) its getting an 8/10 from me. Soulcrusher in particular is a killer.
Rulatore - 23.02.2012 at 21:10  
Rating: 9 C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER !

Lol jk, quite surprise about this album, probably I'll check some earlier stuff to see if it's any good like this one
annodomini - 23.02.2012 at 23:13  
Rating: 10
Written by Rulatore on 23.02.2012 at 21:10

C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER !

Lol jk, quite surprise about this album, probably I'll check some earlier stuff to see if it's any good like this one


Well for me India is the only one worth check from their discography
Cassian - 24.02.2012 at 09:07  
  It blew me away right from the beginning!!! I'm totally impressed. After a few years they have transformed into one of the a leading bands of this genre. The whole album is perfection.

Sadly, the departure of Lisa is necessary for this transformation.
mariano - 24.02.2012 at 18:16  
Rating: 9
Written by annodomini on 23.02.2012 at 23:13

Written by Rulatore on 23.02.2012 at 21:10

C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER !

Lol jk, quite surprise about this album, probably I'll check some earlier stuff to see if it's any good like this one


Well for me India is the only one worth check from their discography

India and Ravenheart are nice albums, although they're not quite the same style or at least the production isn't so ambitious as in the new album.

...by the way, I'm also very surprised. Never thought that Xandria would fill the void Nightwish left.
Abel - 26.02.2012 at 19:25  
Rating: 7 I've never been a fan of Xandria, but since the critics to this album have being so good i got it and i listening to it right now. I got to say; they really went to a LOT of effort to be mention and to make remarkable mark in their story, i'm very happy for them, and they just got a new fan
Abel - 26.02.2012 at 19:27  
Rating: 7
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 23.02.2012 at 20:42

The album is very VERY good, but not a masterpiece at any standards. A few excellent songs, a few average ones and the rest, good. At the moment (after a few full listens) its getting an 8/10 from me. Soulcrusher in particular is a killer.



yeap... soulcrucher
Sojgenske - 29.02.2012 at 23:07  
Rating: 8 I didn't know anything about this band before I heard this album, and I must say I'm pretty pleased about it.
It indeed reminds me - maybe a bit too much actually - some old Nightwish, especially "Century Child" and "Once" albums.
I would give it a 7.5 if I could. I gave 8 because 7 would be too low I think... "Neverworld's end" is better than "good"
SceneryOfLoss - 01.03.2012 at 00:29  
Rating: 8
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 23.02.2012 at 20:42

The album is very VERY good, but not a masterpiece at any standards. A few excellent songs, a few average ones and the rest, good. At the moment (after a few full listens) its getting an 8/10 from me. Soulcrusher in particular is a killer.


Agree. The sad thing about it is the lack of originality.
ZGoten - 01.03.2012 at 10:44  
Rating: 9 Oh my god, my first time listening to this band, and the first thing that comes to mind: Nightwish, Tarja era.
I am blown away by the first track right now. :O
Dark†SymphonY - 01.03.2012 at 17:27  
Rating: 8
Written by SceneryOfLoss on 01.03.2012 at 00:29

Written by Dark†SymphonY on 23.02.2012 at 20:42

The album is very VERY good, but not a masterpiece at any standards. A few excellent songs, a few average ones and the rest, good. At the moment (after a few full listens) its getting an 8/10 from me. Soulcrusher in particular is a killer.


Agree. The sad thing about it is the lack of originality.

Yea, still the unoriginal Nightwish thing definitely makes up for it bombastic heavy sound and great female vocals. Better than most (what most people call Nightwish clones) bands like Visions of Atlantis etc. I don't even think Visions... will top this album.
SceneryOfLoss - 01.03.2012 at 18:23  
Rating: 8
Written by Dark†SymphonY on 01.03.2012 at 17:27

Written by SceneryOfLoss on 01.03.2012 at 00:29

Written by Dark†SymphonY on 23.02.2012 at 20:42

The album is very VERY good, but not a masterpiece at any standards. A few excellent songs, a few average ones and the rest, good. At the moment (after a few full listens) its getting an 8/10 from me. Soulcrusher in particular is a killer.


Agree. The sad thing about it is the lack of originality.

Yea, still the unoriginal Nightwish thing definitely makes up for it bombastic heavy sound and great female vocals. Better than most (what most people call Nightwish clones) bands like Visions of Atlantis etc. I don't even think Visions... will top this album.


I don't think VoA will do better but I would like Xandria to find their own sound instead of this. Still a great album but could be better with some originality, I guess. They have talented musicians, they could have done something more original I think.
Vod52 - 01.03.2012 at 20:39  
Rating: 6 Great album
Fredd - 03.03.2012 at 14:33  
Rating: 8 Byootefol. Reminds me of Nightwish's days of glory.
The Shape 1973 - 04.03.2012 at 20:02  
Rating: 10 The past is the future.

For the last few years the female fronted genre has been getting weaker and weaker. All of the well known bands have been watering down their metal sound and heading towards different directions. Nightwish, Within Temptation, Sirenia to name but a few.

Imagine if Tarja hadn't left Nightwish and Tuomas hadn't watched Pirates Of The Caribbean on DVD. This is the album that should have followed Century Child.

There are elements of Oceanborn on Euphoria, Once on Soulcrusher and Century Child on Valentine. The new singer's voice is VERY similar to Tarja's. The main difference that makes them not just a Nightwish tribute band is the guitars. You could tell that the solo's in a Nightwish song were written by a keyboard player. With the new Xandria album the guitars are far more integral to the sound. Just listen to the Soulcrusher intro to see what I mean.

The weird thing is, Valentine, the single, is one of the weakest songs on the album. Listen to A Prophecy Of Worlds To Fall, its so epic.

I fear for the new Epica album now. I can't see anyone topping this for a long time.
Fred - 05.03.2012 at 01:24  
Rating: 9
Written by The Shape 1973 on 04.03.2012 at 20:02

The past is the future.

For the last few years the female fronted genre has been getting weaker and weaker. All of the well known bands have been watering down their metal sound and heading towards different directions. Nightwish, Within Temptation, Sirenia to name but a few.

Imagine if Tarja hadn't left Nightwish and Tuomas hadn't watched Pirates Of The Caribbean on DVD. This is the album that should have followed Century Child.

There are elements of Oceanborn on Euphoria, Once on Soulcrusher and Century Child on Valentine. The new singer's voice is VERY similar to Tarja's. The main difference that makes them not just a Nightwish tribute band is the guitars. You could tell that the solo's in a Nightwish song were written by a keyboard player. With the new Xandria album the guitars are far more integral to the sound. Just listen to the Soulcrusher intro to see what I mean.

The weird thing is, Valentine, the single, is one of the weakest songs on the album. Listen to A Prophecy Of Worlds To Fall, its so epic.

I fear for the new Epica album now. I can't see anyone topping this for a long time.


Absolutely nailed it. Can't agree with you more, the competition is gonna be so tense between Epica and Xandria to top and claim the symphonic metal album of the year, since Epica's samples and songs so far don't seem bad at all.
Milena - 05.03.2012 at 01:31  
 
Written by The Shape 1973 on 04.03.2012 at 20:02

You could tell that the solo's in a Nightwish song were written by a keyboard player.

You're the resident Nightwish fan here, but I believe Emppu wrote all his solos, as it is the practice usually my sister informs me he did the riff for The Siren, and possibly some else.
Ap46 - 05.03.2012 at 22:12  
Rating: 9 Amazing album! Manuela's vocals are simply stunning, although the instruments don't live up to it.
SimbelmynëAshes - 06.03.2012 at 16:22  
  The best album in 2012 so far. So many great songs.
dantas - 06.03.2012 at 21:27  
Rating: 10 Simply stunning! Nightwish, the good and old Nightwish of Tarja, Tuomas (not the Jack Sparrow one), Marco and co., reborns in the blood of the new(born) Xandria. There isn't any lack of originality, but a review of past, searching for the spark that genre had lost.
Mike - 07.03.2012 at 05:31  
Rating: 10 I believe Xandria has just overtaken Nightwish as the premier symphonic metal band on the planet. Kraller is simply brilliant and the compositions are incredible. This is what Nightwish SHOULD sound like. Thank you Xandria!!
Vonpire - 08.03.2012 at 17:33  
Rating: 10 Very nice and solid release from Xandria indeed. India in fact was also a very nice album from them.

On other hand loved the rating of this comment

Written by Vod52 on 01.03.2012 at 20:39

Great album

Rating 6


Great "average" album he means xD
AngelofDeth - 09.03.2012 at 09:46  
Rating: 8
Written by The Shape 1973 on 04.03.2012 at 20:02

Imagine if Tarja hadn't left Nightwish and Tuomas hadn't watched Pirates Of The Caribbean on DVD. This is the album that should have followed Century Child.

hahahaha perfect.
AngelofDeth - 09.03.2012 at 09:50  
Rating: 8 So far i like it! Definitely a Nightwish copy which is kinda lame tho. I wish they just distinguished themselves a lil more and it would be perfect. if Nightwish never existed id give this album a 10 no doubt, but theres no way i could do that considering its lack of originality.

Prolly a solid 8...maybe 9... we'll see.
mariano - 12.03.2012 at 21:02  
Rating: 9
Written by AngelofDeth on 09.03.2012 at 09:50

if Nightwish never existed id give this album a 10 no doubt, but theres no way i could do that considering its lack of originality.

Prolly a solid 8...maybe 9... we'll see.

I don't think Nightwish owns the style, maybe they were the only ones able to do it right (at least for a while) but they've abandoned the symphonic/operatic metal several years ago anyway.

So I don't see it as a lack of originality but actually as rediscovering something we had lost.
AngelofDeth - 12.03.2012 at 22:19  
Rating: 8
Written by mariano on 12.03.2012 at 21:02

I don't think Nightwish owns the style, maybe they were the only ones able to do it right (at least for a while) but they've abandoned the symphonic/operatic metal several years ago anyway.

So I don't see it as a lack of originality but actually as rediscovering something we had lost.

Well of course they dont own the entire genre of Symphonic Metal. And there is many bands that put an original spin on the genre or bring their personality and make it their own/ The problem is Xandria is taking Nightwish's personal twist on the genre, rather than their own. Which is unoriginal in my opinion.

Im not saying its a bad album, i like it. And im not saying any band that makes symphonic metal is unoriginal cuz there are many symphonic acts that are original and distinguished from Nightwish. But i dont think Xandria put enough of their own personalities into the album to make it original.
knightlightning - 14.03.2012 at 20:41  
Rating: 7 It's ok... but it lacks something in the compositions imo...
Iron Nostarion - 15.03.2012 at 14:32  
Rating: 9 Very good album and solid in terms of instrumentation, sampling and especially vocals. I'd say this looks like the best symphonic metal album of the year as Epica have fucked up and there are no much other competitors.
Fred - 16.03.2012 at 09:40  
Rating: 9 Since I can't post the review here till 90 days after the release date, here you go:
http://www.freakshowlb.com/freakshow/reviews/xandria-neverworld-s-end

Feel free to leave your comments!
Troy Killjoy - 16.03.2012 at 15:18  
 
Written by Fred on 16.03.2012 at 09:40
Since I can't post the review here till 90 days after the release date...

And since it's published on another site you won't be able to submit it here.
Fred - 17.03.2012 at 08:29  
Rating: 9 Haha too bad but at least we can discuss it here

Written by Troy Killjoy on 16.03.2012 at 15:18

Written by Fred on 16.03.2012 at 09:40
Since I can't post the review here till 90 days after the release date...

And since it's published on another site you won't be able to submit it here.
Cassian - 19.03.2012 at 10:11  
  Sadly, the departure of Lisa marked a superb transformation of this band... Couldn't believe I was listening to Xandria the first time I heard this album.

Fantastic!
Vonpire - 21.03.2012 at 14:50  
Rating: 10 Well I will dare to say that this is better than anything Nightwish ever did, imo. Really fantastic album, the more I listen the more I like it. Congrats Xandria and specially Manuela for the awesome vocals.
Unhealer - 21.03.2012 at 19:22  
  I would have never imagined that a already well-known band that releases an album imitating old Nightwish's style after a 15 year old career would be so praised.
I thought lately that most listeners nowadays were keen on the bands evolving and changing their sound, maybe I was wrong.
Vonpire - 23.03.2012 at 13:05  
Rating: 10
Written by Unhealer on 21.03.2012 at 19:22

I would have never imagined that a already well-known band that releases an album imitating old Nightwish's style after a 15 year old career would be so praised.
I thought lately that most listeners nowadays were keen on the bands evolving and changing their sound, maybe I was wrong.


This is better than Nightwish, although I agree that there are many similarities (specially on the vocals). There are many more and better metal riffs and aggression on some tracks (take Soulcrusher as an example).

This is one of those addicted albums that the more you listen the more you love it. Give it some spins.
Unhealer - 23.03.2012 at 16:31  
 
Written by Vonpire on 23.03.2012 at 13:05

This is better than Nightwish, although I agree that there are many similarities (specially on the vocals). There are many more and better metal riffs and aggression on some tracks (take Soulcrusher as an example).
This is one of those addicted albums that the more you listen the more you love it. Give it some spins.


I gave it two spins before saying this.
It sounds like a good record, but I feel somewhat "guilty" listening to them when every minute I am reminded of old Nightwish. There's even a song that sounds like You Give Love A Bad Name/Where Were You Last Night.
And in my opinion it is not better than old Nightwish; at least not better than Oceanborn or Wishmaster.

I won't rate this record, at least for now.
R'Vannith - 23.03.2012 at 16:55  
Rating: 9
Written by Vonpire on 23.03.2012 at 13:05

This is one of those addicted albums that the more you listen the more you love it. Give it some spins.


I have to agree, it has excellent replay value for me.
Anastasia - 25.03.2012 at 22:27  
Rating: 8 I've been looking for a band with old Nightwish sound and i never thought of Xandria as it used to be with Lisa
Valentine was the first song i heard off Neverworld's End, and i was surprised. It sounds exactly like Wishmaster I like how they keep the theme and style throughout the whole album. Forevermore and Call Of The Wind sound awesome!
Love Manuela's voice and she also seems to be a nice person to work with.
I rate it 8, because they've just started with this style, it's not easy to sound like old Nightwish, the sound and the melodies still aren't polished to their finest. But i'm certainly looking forward to their gigs and upcoming albums.
Vonpire - 27.03.2012 at 17:40  
Rating: 10 F*** ! I can't stop listening to this. xD
Draugen - 02.04.2012 at 14:13  
Rating: 8 I have not heard that much of Xandria's earlier work but the songs I did have a go at I remember as rather generic. As so many other bands they quickly got lost and forgotten in the endless sea that is female fronted "gothic metal". (Ugh! I despise that labelling).

So here I was expecting another forgettable snorefest, but darn was I wrong! This really is early Nightwish reborn and seeing as that was what got me into metal in the first place I can't help but to embrace Xandria's new direction. Despite the complete lack of originality the album was still thoroughly enjoyable. The majority of the songs felt varied enough and the vocals are top-notch.

Now I just hope that the band tries to evolve this new foundation and bring some original stuff into the mix. If so, I am convinced that it can go from good to great.
The Melting Snow - 29.04.2012 at 22:10  
Rating: 8 Great album. I never paid much attention to Xandria ever before.

i really missed old Nightwish, now I wont have to anymore not as good as old Nightwish of course,except for the solos. really impressed me

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