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.
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 Last.fm
Xerath on Thrash Hits
November 15th, 2011
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.
May 27th, 2011
Anaal Nathrakh may have been around for over a decade, but for most of that time they were a studio-only project. So when they came to London to tour their vicious, putrid and generally despicable new album Passion we rushed down to the dingy hall of the Underworld to bathe in their filth. Mmmmm, filth-bathing.
April 7th, 2011
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 →]
January 22nd, 2011
ETA Spring 2011
November 23rd, 2010
When Xerath and Winterfylleth came to London, Tom Dare went down to give himself a thorough bangover. We expect him out of traction next week.
While the temptation to be marginally cynical about a record label showcase event is almost too much to pass up, the bill tonight is rather tasty – particularly so given that that talent on display is an all-British affair. Isn’t Britain just supposed to sigh and moan about how America and Europe has all the best bands, and how they never come here? It looks like we may finally be able to stop whingeing into our real ales – w’d be fools not to see for ourselves that this is simply no longer the case. [Read more →]
November 15th, 2010
Hello there! My name’s Rich! You may know me as the guy that shouts at people from stage in my rock’n’roll band Xerath. You most certainly won’t know me as the drummer/singer/guitarist/bassist/synthist/primary song writer/band leader/genius in my other band Primer. In 99% of cases, you probably wont know me at all.
I’m here to offer and opinion or two, an observation here and there, and more than likely a completely unresearched and biased opinion on stuff that I give a shit about.
June 5th, 2009
25 May 2009
by Tom Gibbons
With a tip of the hat and nod of the head in the direction of Meshuggah and Strapping Young Lad, Xerath’s I marks their latest step into the big bad world of extreme experimental metal. A cauldron of cleverly crafted orchestral tech-metal, the Basingstoke quartet’s debut is the end-product of two years of attempts at fusing film-score epicness with syncopated guitar rhythms. It’s a blueprint that rightfully saw that band win Terrorizer’s Fear Candy Unsigned crown last year.