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.