German female-fronted symphonic metallers XANDRIA will release their as-yet-untitled new studio album via Napalm Records on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: February 24, 2012
Spain, Finland, Sweden: February 22, 2012
Rest of Europe: February 27, 2012
USA, Canada: March 6, 2012
The first in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the new XANDRIA CD can be seen below.
XANDRIA recently took part in the “Out Of The Dark” European tour with VAN CANTO, TRISTANIA, SERENITY and AMBERIAN DAWN.
XANDRIA in December 2010 announced the addition of singer Manuela Kraller to the group’s ranks.
Commented Manuela: “My musical life started very late, at the age of 23. In a choir in Finland I discovered singing for me and since then it became my passion. I began to take classical singing lessons, sang in church and gospel choirs and soon I was asked to be a solo singer in choirs, at churchly and also at private occasions. But as I have grown up with metal and rock music I soon wanted to combine it with my classical background. So I started singing rock and metal songs with a friend and also wrote own songs for the first time. Soon after that I joined a metal band called NAGOR MAR (Switzerland) and I also became a singer in the German band HAGGARD, where I had great experiences on stage and on tour. And now a ‘new age’ has begun for me and I am very pleased to be the new singer of XANDRIA!”
XANDRIA performed several concerts last year with the band’s former frontwoman, Lisa Middelhauve, filling in.
XANDRIA in February 2011 parted ways with its singer of one year, Kerstin Bischof. The group stated at the time, “Due to occupational and private reasons, [Kerstin] wants to concentrate on her non-musical career in the future and cannot support XANDRIA the way it would be necessary.”
Bischof joined XANDRIA in February 2009 as the replacement for Middelhauve, who left the band in May 2008 for “personal reasons.” Lisa stated at the time, “My exit has nothing to do with dispute or controversy within the band. It was just time to split.”
XANDRIA‘s fourth album, “Salomé – The Seventh Veil”, was released in May 2007.
Footage from the studio:
New song “Valentine” performed live in October 2011: