Xandria - Theater Of Dimensions



7.5 | 81 votes |
Release date: 27 January 2017
Style: Symphonic metal

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Disc I
01. Where The Heart Is Home
02. Death To The Holy
03. Forsaken Love
04. Call Of Destiny
05. We Are Murderers (We All)
06. Dark Night Of The Soul
07. When The Walls Came Down (Heartache Was Born)
08. Ship Of Doom
09. Céilí
10. Song For Sorrow And Woe
11. Burn Me
12. Queen Of Hearts Reborn
13. A Theater Of Dimensions

Disc II [Deluxe Box bonus : Acoustic Album]
01. Call Of Destiny
02. Dark Night Of The Soul
03. In Remembrance
04. Sweet Atonement
05. Valentine

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27.01.2017 - 16:35
Rating: 6
ScottyM
I'm a Xandria fan, legitimately. I thought their last album was okay it had some good tunes, one before that quite good, but this one just doesn't do it for me. Some of the songs are really.... really tacky to the point where I had to stop what I was doing and advance to the next song because of the cheese... Ship of Doom anyone? It sounds like they're attempting a Pirates Of The Caribbean soundtrack, only without anything that really sticks.
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27.01.2017 - 17:50
mariano
Written by ScottyM on 27.01.2017 at 16:35

Ship of Doom anyone? It sounds like they're attempting a Pirates Of The Caribbean soundtrack, only without anything that really sticks.

Yeah, Nightwish and other bands have also gone that direction already. It seems like it's the logical "evolution" of Symphonic Metal... so I'll keep listening to the old stuff for the time being.
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28.01.2017 - 09:22
Rating: 6
ScottyM
Written by mariano on 27.01.2017 at 17:50

Written by ScottyM on 27.01.2017 at 16:35

Ship of Doom anyone? It sounds like they're attempting a Pirates Of The Caribbean soundtrack, only without anything that really sticks.

Yeah, Nightwish and other bands have also gone that direction already. It seems like it's the logical "evolution" of Symphonic Metal... so I'll keep listening to the old stuff for the time being.


I'm not particularly upset about the evolution of Symphonic Metal, as I still enjoy Nightwish with all the changes and adaptations they've made in the last several years considering the vast swaths of changes they've made with vocalists. My point is just that this album is disappointingly mediocre for a fan to listen to, given how they've displayed such potential in the past. Dianne is more than capable of blowing our hair back, her classically trained vocals are nothing short of beautiful (and to be frank, the best part of this album/band), but the song-writing is just downright boring to listen to in this album. I was hoping for so much more from them. This is wasted potential.
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28.01.2017 - 10:57
Ellinor
It's not a bad album. Sacrificium was a bit better, imho. The main problem I'm having with this album is that it's a blatant copy of Nightwish. Not only in terms of music but also thematically and conceptually. Theater Of Dimensions is sort of Imaginaerum and Endless Forms Most Beautiful crossover.

Sure, most of their earlier songs were also inspired by Nightwish one way or another. But resemblance here is just spooky. When listening to this album, I can literally pinpoint parts that were directly taken from this or that Nightwish song. Kind of disturbs me.
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28.01.2017 - 12:34
Rating: 6
joshsteph
Neverworld's End, Sacrifcium were those two albums where Xandria seemed like they have found the direction of the band. Of course, it's symphonic metal and they are not alone, which means it's hard to come up with something really new in this genre, but they got into a direction where musically they could have a stable place. This album seems to move away from the right path, becoming the ultimate Nightwish gimmick (even with the cover art). Disappointed.
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29.01.2017 - 06:04
Jason W.
Razorbliss
Such an inconsistent album. "Call Of Destiny" is pretty good, and I can understand its choice as a video track. "Forsaken Love" and even "Queen Of Hearts Reborn" have some nice vocal melodies. The rest of the album... it's so messy in its approach. Dianne's skill is not the issue, but it's the songwriting and the guitarwork for me that often too predictable, but also like it tries to be heavy at exactly the wrong times, and without memorable melodies. A song like "Ship Of Doom" has these beautiful moments of Dianne singing her operatic parts, but then these insipid "1,2,3,4" parts that make me cringe are shoved in there . Concepts like "We Are Murderers" contradict with Dianne's natural voice (I can't take it seriously), and decidedly using thick, heavy guitars, like at the end of this song, just fly too far away from remaining cohesive with her as a vocalist. Perhaps an album of ballads, like "Dark Night Of The Soul" would have been the way to go?
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"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley
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14.02.2017 - 14:35
Rating: 9
xerval
I think the album is fascinating. Certainly Dianne is using her voice more here than Sacrificium. I think it's also better than the previous one in lyrics and music "as a whole".
A step in the right direction for Xandria indeed. Lyrics are well constructed and the title song is very unique in the story it tells. Great job!
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22.02.2017 - 07:56
Rating: 8
The Melting Snow
I really liked it. probably more than their last album. Better use of vocals and their guitars have been improving since their last few albums. my fav of 2017 so far
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04.03.2017 - 14:44
Rating: 10
Creativinity
Am enjoying this tremendously. Much better than Sacrificium which only had 1 good song. This sounds more of a mix between their old material and newer one.
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19.04.2017 - 17:50
KaylaMan
In terms of orchestral arrangement and use of choir, this album is much better than the last album. The symphony messed up in their last album. Compositions in orchestra are possibly influenced by Hans Zimmer's work. I'm pretty sure blending celtic instrument with symphony is inspired by James Horner's works. This also leads to some issues of originality. Originality is an obvious loopholes in the last album, some compositions sounds similar to Horner's Braveheart scoring. The originality doesn't really act better in this album. It reminds me a bit of Epica and Ramin Djawadi.
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23.05.2017 - 03:53
Rating: 8
derelictdame
The album flows really well and there's no doubt these people are immensely talented. Sometimes it's a bit on the cheesy side (especially in the closing track) but hey, it wouldn't be symphonic metal without some cheese. I'll be spinning this for quite a while!
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