Xandria - Neverworld's End



8.3 | 338 votes |
Release date: 22 February 2012
Style: Symphonic metal

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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

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.

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published 06.04.2012 | Comments (18)

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20.08.2011 - 07:18
Metal_4Ever
Finally Xandria is come back!!
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07.02.2012 - 22:30
Rating: 10
Blasphemer1992
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 !
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18.02.2012 - 23:34
Rating: 9
annodomini
Http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00724L8PS/

samples sounds amazing.
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there is nothing left to die for...
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21.02.2012 - 03:18
Cassian
Can't wait!!!
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22.02.2012 - 12:32
Rating: 9
Fred
This is a symphonic masterpiece. The comeback couldn't have been any better. Hats off Xandria.
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Fred
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22.02.2012 - 14:48
Rating: 9
mariano
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.
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22.02.2012 - 14:58
Rating: 9
Fred
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
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Fred
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22.02.2012 - 15:56
Rating: 9
annodomini
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!
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there is nothing left to die for...
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23.02.2012 - 03:34
Rating: 9
R'Vannith
ghedengi
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.
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23.02.2012 - 20:42
Rating: 8
CyberSymphony
Ollie
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.
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23.02.2012 - 21:10
Rating: 9
Rulatore
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
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23.02.2012 - 23:13
Rating: 9
annodomini
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
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there is nothing left to die for...
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24.02.2012 - 09:07
Cassian
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.
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24.02.2012 - 18:16
Rating: 9
mariano
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.
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26.02.2012 - 19:25
Rating: 7
Abel
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
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26.02.2012 - 19:27
Rating: 7
Abel
Written by CyberSymphony 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
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29.02.2012 - 23:07
Rating: 8
Sojgenske
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"
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01.03.2012 - 00:29
Rating: 7
SceneryOfLoss
Written by CyberSymphony 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.
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01.03.2012 - 10:44
Rating: 9
ZGoten
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
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01.03.2012 - 17:27
Rating: 8
CyberSymphony
Ollie
Written by SceneryOfLoss on 01.03.2012 at 00:29

Written by CyberSymphony 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.
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01.03.2012 - 18:23
Rating: 7
SceneryOfLoss
Written by CyberSymphony on 01.03.2012 at 17:27

Written by SceneryOfLoss on 01.03.2012 at 00:29

Written by CyberSymphony 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.
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01.03.2012 - 20:39
Rating: 6
Pelagial
Great album
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03.03.2012 - 14:33
Fredd
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Byootefol. Reminds me of Nightwish's days of glory.
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04.03.2012 - 20:02
Rating: 10
The Shape 1973
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.
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RIP NFFC
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05.03.2012 - 01:24
Rating: 9
Fred
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.
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Fred
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05.03.2012 - 01:31
Milena
Learning To "X"
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.
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"There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors."
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05.03.2012 - 22:12
Ap46
Amazing album! Manuela's vocals are simply stunning, although the instruments don't live up to it.
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06.03.2012 - 16:22
SimbelmynëAshes
The best album in 2012 so far. So many great songs.
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06.03.2012 - 21:27
Rating: 10
dantas
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.
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07.03.2012 - 05:31
Rating: 10
Mike
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!!
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