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4 April 2014

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German Symphonic band Xandria have released 'Dreamkeeper', the first track from their sixth studio album, 'Sacrificium' which is due for release on Monday 5th May in the UK via Napalm Records.

According to the band, the new album will "continue the musical journey and direction" of their last album, (2012s 'Neverworld's End') but "will bring in even more of everything people liked" about it.

The album will see the debut on new vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen (who also fronts the progressive Metal band, Ex Libris) after the departure late last year of the previous vocalist Manuela Kraller, shortly before recording commenced. The new album is also the first to feature new bass player, Steven Wussow.

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The new album will be available in a variety of formats including a standard Jewel CD case, double gatefold vinyl (available in orange or silver vinyl), a 2CD Mediabook version which includes a second CD includes the bonus track 'The Watcher' and instrumental versions of all album songs and a strictly limited edition box set which includes the Mediabook version of the album, a poster flag of the album cover and a Phoenix Pendant which is limited to a production run of only 500.

'Sacrificium' Track Listing:
The Undiscovered Land
Until The End
Come With Me
Little Red Relish
Our Neverworld
Temple Of Hate
Sweet Atonement

You can see the official lyric video for 'Dreamkeeper' here:

You can see Xandria live here:
Thursday 1st May - Rock It, Aalen
Friday 2nd May - Memmingen - Kaminwerk, Memmingen
Saturday 3rd May - Explosiv, Graz
Monday 5th May - Szene, Wien
Friday 9th May - Underworld, London
Saturday 10th May - Dames of Darkness Festival, Bilston
Saturday 17th May - Bielefeld- Movie, Bielefeld
Thursday 22nd May - Backstage, München
Friday 23rd May - Schwimmbad Club, Heidelberg
Saturday 24th May - Komplex, Schüttorf
Sunday 25th May - Marx, Hamburg
Wednesday 28th May - Underground, Köln
Thursday 29th May - Out & Loud Open Air Festival, Geiselwind
Saturday 30th May - Metal Fest CZ Open Air Festival, Pilsen

Xandria are:
Marco Heubaum - Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards
Gerit Lamm - Drums
Philip Restemeier - Guitar
Steven Wussow - Bass Guitar
Dianne van Giersbergen - Vocals

Xandria Online:
Official Website:



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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