Xandria - Ravenheart
Gothic Pop Metal
12 songs (49'59)
Release year: 2004
Xandria, Drakkar
Reviewed by Jack

I must have listened to this album about 50 times I believe... Why is that ? One monday morning I took this album to work after buying it and started listening to it in order to review it. But then you know what's its like. At the end of the week, I thought it would be the right time to review it over the week-end, but I simply forgot it at work. And so did I the next friday, and the next friday, and the next friday. Then finally I managed somehow not to forget it...

The album kicks off with the title track Ravenheart, which is also their debut video to promote this new album. This is a great song, with catchy melodies and an easy to remember chorus. The ethereal voice of female singer Lisa Schaphaus is better than on the previous album, getting more mature and more refined. The Lioness is again a catchy tune filled with poppy melodies and is probably as good as the opening track. Back To The River contains some oriental touches but the song remains a bit less catchier than the two previous ones. Eversleeping is one of those metal ballads we used to listen to from the likes of Scorpions or Bon Jovi, alas the quality here is not the same, but who really cares as this song fits the album really well and I believe nobody cares that much about metal ballads anymore, except maybe for The Darkness. Fire Of Universe gets the band back on track with killer guitar riffs and again the beautiful voice of Lisa Schaphaus. I could go on like this until the end of this album, but honestly I don't see the point since it's an album worth your bucks. I know I can't help it but I am fond of this sweet gothic metal à la Evanescence and Within Temptation.

Xandria will certainly not become the latest gothic hype such as Lacuna Coil is doing in the US, but this album is definitely a must for every gothic freak such as me. I don't care to repeat myself. Go and get this one.

Killing Songs :
Ravenheart, The Lioness, Fire Of The Universe, Answer, Keep My Secret Well
Jack quoted 85 / 100
Other albums by Xandria that we have reviewed:
Xandria - Fire & Ashes reviewed by Andy and quoted no quote
Xandria - Sacrificium reviewed by Joel and quoted 90 / 100
Xandria - India reviewed by Ian and quoted 86 / 100
Xandria - Kill The Sun reviewed by Jack and quoted 85 / 100
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