Breaking news from Germany’s top symphonic metal band Xandria: the five piece is presenting astonishing Dutch talent Dianne van Giersbergen as its new singer. van Giersbergen, equipped with a fantastic vocal range, will replace Manuela Kraller, who decided to follow other musical challenges after three successful years with the band.
Manuela thanks all fans and Xandria in a personal statement: “After three years with the boys in Xandria, I decided to follow a different path and go my own musical way.” The sympathetic Bavarian singer leaves with regret but also full of gratitude, thanking band and fans for the time they had together and being grateful for the “wonderful moments in mutual tours and shows”. Manuela is “wishing Dianne and band all the very best for the future!”. The Dutch / German quintet just hit the studio recording the band’s sixth studio album, the successor to critically acclaimed symphonic metal jewel Neverworld’s End. The record in progress will already feature Dianne van Giersbergen’s extraordinary voice and talent.
As much as the band does regret the departure of Manuela after three “phenomenal” years, everyone is very much looking forward to continue the chosen path with 28 year old van Giersbergen, who also sings with Dutch progressive metal outfit Ex Libris and who will debut on stage with the band late November on a Spanish tour. The new Dutch member adds to this: “Thinking of all the beautiful things I am yet to do, people I am yet to meet and memories that are yet to be made brings a smile to my face! I am looking forward to this adventure and would love to take you all along with me.”
Fans had a last chance seeing Manuela Kraller performing with Xandria this past weekend in Leipzig (Germany) and Pratteln (Switzerland), where Manu’s grand finale with the band was held at the “Masters of Symphonic Metal” Festival at Z7. The band’s upcoming album is yet to be titled. Its release date is tentatively scheduled for the first quarter of 2014. Xandria assures to continue the musical journey and direction taken with 2012 album Neverworld’s End, but also promises the new album and Dianne’s talent will bring in even more of everything “people liked especially in this last album”. More info on Xandria shortly.
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