Eschewing the diet of nothing bu tired, reskinned deathcore breakdowns that’s been the binge-diet of so much of the UK’s underscene, Sunderland five-piece Nexilva balance their death metal brawn with some old-skool Bleeding Through-esque ambient synths and guitar tricks. That makes them an interesting proposition for those who prefer a cerebral edge to their m0sh, and was more than enough reason for our man Josh Graham to call up their drummer Connor Jobes to get the skinny.
Where does the name come from?
It’s a made up word but it’s loosely based on the Aokigahara. There’s a book called Black Sea of Trees that was written about it, and we named a song after it. The latin for death forest is two different words (Nex Silva), and we put them together so it flows.
What’s the best thing about being in Nexilva?
Finally getting Eschatologies out there and the response it has got. We were sitting on it for a very long time and we didn’t know what was going to happen – whether it would be released through a label or not or whether it would just go down the drain. We’ve done many great things, but that was one of the best feelings.
Who would your dream tour be with?
For me maybe someone like Periphery, we’re into loads of different things though. Justin Timberlake would be a good one, it wouldn’t be the most likely bill but that would be pretty sweet.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
I really like No Consequence, insanely tight live band, Carcer City are another good upcoming band in the scene. From Sorrow To Serenity too, those guys are excellent.
What would you say to someone who says “When we’ve already got the likes of BAND, BAND and BAND, why do we need you?”
In the scene we’re playing in at the moment we have more intensity, we’ve got the speed as well as the groove – it’s a lot more grim. We try and throw a lot more sounds in there.
What’s next for Nexilva?
We have a full album written, we’ve been working on it since the end of 2012. We’re planning on recording it very soon. It’s very different, it’s not as much straight up death metal, a lot of the songs are a lot slower, we’re still doing blast beats and stuff but we’re not playing at 270bpm all the time. There’s a lot more groove and melody, a little bit of clean singing but it’s more the guitars using more melodic chords. I think we’ve always just wanted to do what we want, every release we’ve done has been a drastic change from the last one and I think that’s good, you’ve got to keep things fresh. I think some people who liked Eschatologies might not be into this but we can’t compromise on what we want.
Tell us a joke.
A wife went to prison for killing her husband with his guitar collection. When she went to court, the judge asked if she was a first offender.
She said “no, first it was a Gibson, then a Fender”.
Nexilva’s debut album, Eschatologies, is out now.