Archive for Dianne van Giersbergen

Xandria unveil album preview clip

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 15th April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

German symphonic metallers Xandria, who are fronted by the powerfully voiced Dianne van Giersbergen, are set to release their new album Sacrificium next month on 5th May via Napalm Records. As such, the band have unveiled a taster for the new album, so fans can sample what it is to be expected from the new release. The album taster can be heard below.

Xandria will also be hitting the UK in May for two shows, which are as follow:

09.05.14 UK – London / Underworld
10.05.14 UK – Bilston / Dames of Darkness Festival

Xandria online:

http://www.xandria.de
http://www.facebook.com/xandriaofficial

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Magion replace Ex Libris at Metalnight in Dordrecht

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 29th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Due to unforseen circumstances, progressive metallers Ex Libris have had to pull out of their upcoming show at Popcentrale in Dordrecht, Holland on 22nd February. Fellow Dutch metallers Magion have been announced as their replacement. Other bands on the bill are Azylya, making it their first show in The Netherlands, and Beyond God. Further details can be found at this location.

Magion online:

http://www.facebook.com/Magionband

Ex Libris – Medea

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 13th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Ex Libris
Medea
Released 18th January 2014
Progressive Metal/Symphonic Metal
Self-Released

Holland has become a country known for its female-fronted talent, such as Within Temptation, ReVamp, Epica and Delain, so it won’t come as a surprise to many when I say that’s the country that progressive powerhouse Ex Libris hail from. Having played as support to a few of the above mentioned bands, Ex Libris, who are fronted by the talented Dianne van Giersbergen, are slowly building a reputation for themselves on the international metal scene for their unique and bombastic sound sound. Whilst Medea is their second album, the band have achieved a lot more than most bands have.

Named after the Medea of Greek mythology, the album is kick started by the title track, Medea, which is a raging storm composed of swaying guitar passages and crashing waves of percussion, lined with vocals sharp enough the cut Mount Olympus in two. The lashings of orchestration help add to the tragic and dramatic character of the song. Sailing from the seas of the tragic Medea into the fearsome ocean that is Murderess In Me, the album’s atmosphere morphs into something more sinister, allowing for the music to become more cut-throat whilst retaining its classical and mythic vibe. The riffs have a sharper edge than the previous track, allowing for Dianne’s vocals to glide swiftly over the ocean of the music without hindrance.

On The Ocean’s Command begins with the soothing sound of the sea and the creaking wood abroad a ship as the climatic use of guitars, courtesy of Paul, make themselves heard before the vivid keyboards, as supplied by Koen, make their striking entrance. The song builds itself up into a tense masterpiece, tightly knitting each element of the song together. Dianne’s vocal work is particularly impressive during this track, changing like the winds, expectedly and unexpectedly. The following song, My Dream I Dream, focuses more on the emotion than the dramatics, allowing for a vast river of feeling to flow through each aspect of the track. Peter’s basswork sound more profound, making itself known from beginning to end, especially in sudden thrilling and heavy portion of the track, colliding smoothly with Eeclo’s clear-cut and strict drumming.

Song Of Discord marches in like a column of hoplites on their way to war. There is a powerful and harrowing atmosphere conjured up throughout the song, giving the music more punch than would be expected. The vocal duet of Dianne van Giersbergen and Damien Wilson opened up new possibilities for this song, not just vocally but throughout its performance in which the two vocalists play the parts of Medea and her husband, the hero Jason. It will be interesting to see how Ex Libris can pull this one off live. A Mother’s Lament begins straight away with a hook, grabbing attention from every angle and refusing to let go. The guitars and rhythm sections hammer away, fortifying the song whilst the vocals and keyboards add the glitz and the glam to the song, keeping it from becoming a dull affair.

Daughter Of Corinth sees another drastic change in the pace and sound of Medea, turning into a fearsome hydra of progressive riffs, eerie vocals and hypnotic drum passages while other aspects of the song are more shadowy, keeping withdrawn like a Gorgon hunting their victim. A Tale Told makes use of other elements but remains true to Ex Libris’ overall sound as well before the album moves onto the ten minute and fifty second long epic From Birth To Bloodshed which like some of the previous tracks paves way for a drastic change in the album. The riffs during this track are callous, leaving no room for mercy whilst the vocals are at their pinnacle, adding emphasis to the rest of the song. The instrumentation throughout the song take sup the spirit of the ocean, changing from the violent crashing of waves to gentler sailing.

Ex Libris have a knack for writing good music and Medea takes you down more twists and turns than the Labyrinth, keeping focus on the music as new life is breathed into Medea’s impressively tragic story by one talented band.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Ex Libris online:

http://exlibrismusic.com
http://facebook.com/exlibrismusic

 

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Xandria unveil album details and artwork

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 10th January 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

German symphonic metallers Xandria, who are now fronted by the talented Dianne van Giersbergen (Ex Libris), are set to release their sixth studio album Sacrificium via Napalm Records on 5th May, later this year. Five days after the release of the album, the band will headline the Dames of Darkness Festival in Bilston, near Wolverhampton.

According to Xandria, the follow-up to 2012’s Neverworld’s End will continue the musical journey and direction of the last CD but will bring in even more of everything people liked about Neverworld’s End. The album artwork can be seen above.

Xandria online:

http://facebook.com/xandriaofficial

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