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Dianne van Giersbergen on Women of Metal Radio Show (4/26)

New Xandria vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen will be the guest on The Women of Metal Radio Show on Insane Realm Radio, this Saturday April 26. Dianne will be talking with Jayson about her Xandria‘s new album “Sacrificium“. Their upcoming tour of the UK, Germany and North America with Delain and Sonata Arctica….

SHOWTIME: 8pm CDT www.insanerealmradio.com


Xandria is a German symphonic metal band, founded by Marco Heubaum in 1994. The band’s music combines elements of symphonic metal with light electronic elements.

After various demos and great success on different MP3 portals, they released their first album in 2003, entitled Kill the Sun, which reached No. 98 on the German music charts. The follow-up album, Ravenheart (2004), stayed on the charts for seven weeks, reaching No. 36. In 2005 they released their third album, India, which reached No. 30 on the German charts. Xandria began recording their fourth album, Salomé – The Seventh Veil, on December 14, 2006. It was released on May 25, 2007 and reached No. 41 on the German charts.

xandria-sacrificiumLisa Middelhauve resigned on April 30, 2008 citing personal reasons and discomfort in being the band’s frontwoman. The band found a new singer in February 2009, Kerstin Bischof a.k.a. Lakonia, best known for her collaborations with the band Axxis. However, after just one year Kerstin Bischof decided to leave the band to concentrate on a different career, and Middelhauve replaced her for a series of concerts in Summer 2010. On December 19, 2010, Xandria announced the addition of 29-year-old female singer Manuela Kraller to the group’s ranks. Manuela Kraller made her live debut at the “Classic Meets Pop” event on January 7, 2011 at the Seidensticker Halle in Bielefeld, Germany.

On 5 February the band announced on their website and Facebook page their new bass player Steven Wussow, along with the message that they will enter the studio again for their next studio album the same year. Neverworld’s End was released on February 24, 2012.

As of 25 October 2013, the band announced on their website that Manuela Kraller had left the band to pursue a different career and announced Dutch Ex Libris singer Dianne van Giersbergen as their new vocalist.

Is there some rule?

Perhaps I'm wrong... BUT... Do I have to friend a band who's music doesn't interest me? Should anyone have too? I won't mention the band (don't want to embarrass anyone). But shooting off rude emails because I didn't friend you after listening to your music, shouldn't be taken personally, nor should it warrant you sending me or anyone nasty messages. I like metal and hard rock. I can tolerate the softer stuff. But I don't go out of my way to seek it out. As a musician myself I do respect and appreciate any other musicians hard work, no matter what genre they apply their craft in. Be it Metal, Hip Hop, Country or Soft Rock. That doesn't mean I have to like it, nor does it mean I have to friend you, if I am not interested in listening to your music. It's like this. I have 2 very good friends, I'd call them my best friends. We all agree to disagree when it comes to music. I like the hard stuff, one of my friends like Country and the other likes 50's Rock music; his choice and I respect that. Each of us thinks what we like is the best (obviously) and there's no telling any one of us differently. We go out of our way not to force our musical tastes on each other. So lesson to unnamed band. Don't force yourself on possible fans, you'll turn them off. ~Peace~