Napalm Records label-mates Xandria and Kobra and the Lotus are set to kick off their North American tour tonight at in New York, NY at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room.
Stylistically, this album is much more grounded in symphonic metal specifically, with an ever increased focus on the orchestral elements and a heavy use of choir vocals
making music has nothing to do with being famous or being a big rock star. It has to do with the passion for music, the passion for rock and roll.
Sometimes, somebody simply “gets it right”. Very often we cover gigs where the support bands are simply ‘on the same label’ as the headliner and the label is just looking to promote a band that has no place being in the same building as the main act as their musical styles are poles apart. Not so with this line up. Someone with a clear eye (and ear) for the right mix has wisely blended some of the finest symphonic and power metal you’ll find in Europe at the moment. As such a three band bill (that often can result in you standing there wishing the time away until the headline act appears) for once is very very welcome indeed.
Sacrificium is an album that had a lot to live up to. German band Xandria had been a respectable gothic metal band until 2008, when their exceptionally talented vocalist Lisa Schaphaus-Middelhauve decided to leave