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Xerath are a progressive metal band from the UK signed to Candlelight Records. Their music draws influence from the industrial sound of Strapping Young Lad, the rhythmic complexity of Meshuggah and orchestral music to create a distinctive sound they call "orchestral groove metal".

Formed in 2007, Xerath is comprised of guitarist Andy Phillips, drummer Michael Pitman, bassist Owain Williams, and later vocalist Richard Thomson. Their first album, I, was released in 2009. Their sophomore production, II, was released in 2011. Read more on

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Sunday Slaylist: Damnation Festival 2014

October 12th, 2014

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With the Autumn/Winter indoor festival/all-dayer scene gathering pace, this week we turn the attention of the Sunday Spotify Slaylist to probably our favourite event of the colder quarter of the year – Damnation Festival. And boy, are we stoked for their 2014 line-up.

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Bloodstock Open Air 2013 – Interviews, Photos, Setlists, Reviews – all our coverage is here

August 11th, 2013

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You know the drill by now. This is the Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page and this is where you’ll find some of the most comprehensive coverage of Bloodstock Open Air 2013 that you don’t have to pay for. It’s here!

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Sunday Slaylist: Tech-Fest 2013

March 31st, 2013

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Earlier this week, the folks over in charge of Tech-Fest 2013 made their first line-up announcement – and they weren’t messing about. 25 bands, including all three major headline acts, were all covered in the first batch of names. That’s the kind of festival announcement we can get behind, and the kind that we’re making the subject of this week’s Sunday Spotify Slaylist.

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Tech-Fest announces the 25 bands of their 2013 line-up

March 25th, 2013

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Tech-Fest is returning to the UK for 2013, and blimey, they’ve gone and announced 25 bands as part of their first announcement. 

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Live: Candlefest @ London Camden Underworld – 12 November 2011

November 15th, 2011

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It’s that time of the year again. No we don’t mean turning the heating back on – we are talking about Candlefest, the annual showcases organised by those awesome chaps over at Candlelight Records. This year’s lineup boasts no more than eight bands (well nine actually if you live near Manchester) for the recession smashing price of £15 and quite frankly, you’d be barking mad to miss it.

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Evile, Turisas, Xerath and almost-kinda-sorta Medulla Nocte added to Damnation Festival line-up

July 25th, 2011

Damnation Festival 2011 Thrash Hits

Well, well, well – for once, the most interesting band announced in a festival line-up announcement isn’t the biggest or best-known name. Damnation Festival have announced that leading Brit-thrashers Evile, Finnish battle metallers Turisas, djentish-types Xerath, and the curiously titled A Man Called Catten will all be performing at this year’s Damnation Festival in Leeds.

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Album: Xerath – II

April 7th, 2011

Candlelight Records
25 April 2011

by Tom Dare

Second albums can be a tense time, but when the second album raises the standards significantly, hones what the debut did so distinctively from a rough sketch to the full glorious multicoloured picture – as Xerath have with II – the effect is instant. It’s taken me several weeks to calm down enough and stop shouting “FUCK YES!” so I can tell you about how brilliant this is. [Read more →]