Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Xanima "Prototype: Homo Sapiens"

Country: Sweden
Sub GenreProgressive Rock
LabelFreeside records
Release dateDecember 11, 2013 (digital), March 2014 (CD)
  1. Mantra - 4:32
  2. Prototype: Homo Sapiens - 5:17
  3. Parallell universe - 4:56
  4. Death by remote control - 4:02
  5. Make Gravity Rule Sanity - 4:08
  6. Ritual dance - 4:33
  7. Ruins of Babel - 4:11
  8. Origin - 4:04
  9. Eternal truth - 5:50
  10. A given oath - 3:29
  11. Sacred sacrifice - 4:13
  12. Tales of sin and virtue - 4:33
  13. Confession chase - 4:27 
Jade Ell - All vocals, additional piano, glockenspiel, accordion and lyrics
Pelle Händén - keyboards, programs
Janne Hellman - bass, chapman stick
Fredrik Söderström - drums, percussion
Matte Norberg - guitars

1 comment :

  1. Xanima fronted by the radio friendly vocals of Jade Ell, is dramatic and visual artrock to a tee. It’s dark, light, fantasy - all put into a dreamy landscape. The songs of this the band's second album, is describing the complex journey of a soul - that's been chosen to be the model for the whole human kind - a "Prototype: Homo Sapiens". Mixing a creative combination of pop-rock-electronica, this so happens to be a good record. Kinda imagine Kate Bush mixed with a little Evanescence and throw in a bit of Ego Likeness and hey presto! This is not in yer face Rock or Metal by any means, but you could call it 13 tracks of catchy Electro Pop-Rock with elements of Prog if you so wish, laid back at times, up tempo at others. The album is a consistently good one, although there isn't any particular track to my ears that actually jumps out and grabs you, although I do rather like 'A Given Oath' as being one of my faves from the record - an upbeat catchy number. The band's website is at www.xanima.eu/music.html and the video to a track from the album 'Ritual Dance', can be viewed here. Worth checking out, it has our seal of approval here at Ravenheart!... 8.25/10 (Dave)