Xandria have just announced their new singer, Dianne van Giersbergen, who will be replacing 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 Dutch/German quintet just hit the studio to record their sixth studio album, the successor to the critically acclaimed “Neverworld’s End“, which will be featuring Dianne van Giersbergen on vocals. The album is yet to be titled and is set to be released in the first quarter of 2014.
Dianne, 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, and comments:
“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 and Pratteln, where her grand finale with the band was held at the Masters of Symphonic Metal Festival at Z7.