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Xael – Bloodrise Tidning

Xael unites storytelling, soundscapes, and metal to bring you and auditory adventure. Xael combines elements of extreme metal with various world and orchestral genres that are all steeped in a deep sci-fi lore to provide listeners with a rich story-driven experience.

Hailing from the Carolinas in the USA, comes Xael (ft. members of Nile, The Reticent, Rapheumets Well), bringing with them epic symphonic death metal like no other. They have recently released an album entitled Bloodtide Rising”(February 12, 2021) and now have a music video for the title track, which features guests Mathieu Marcotte (Guitarist from Augury and Humanoid) and Nate Miller (Chinese Violin).

The title track was the first song written for the new album, and thus sets the tone of the entire full length. It is primal and epic, showcasing the brutal nature of the main antagonist of the record’s story. Xael explains the track and album in their own words:

«It’s an auditory odyssey, it’s brutal and emotional all at once. The story of the album really focuses on the members of the band who are called the Watchers Of Xan in which we navigate the different worlds. This album focuses on our arrival to Vuul Athmar as our characters are sold off from the prison of Dreadrift. We craft our own multiverse and create our own lore. The entire band is crafted from the dark and complex set of dimensions».

Bloodtide Rising is a concept album rooted in a science fiction universe that Xael revolves all their music around. The extreme symphonic release chronicles the journey of a character named Darmak, an immortal who is trying to find purpose in a chaotic and complex multiverse.

Xael was initially meant to be a personal project by drummer Joshua Nassaru Ward, however, when other musicians showed interest it evolved into a full-fledged project with each member contributing equally towards this current full length and the band’s first album The Last Arbiter (2018).

Fans of progressive and brutal metal along with sci-fi enthusiasts will take interest in what Xael is doing. It’s different, and listeners can get lost in the complex multiverse that they have conceived. Epic and extreme, it is recommended for fans of Septicflesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Nile. The title track Bloodtide Rising featuring members from Augury and Nile.

Born of iniquity to forge us a crown

A blight,blight, blight to our world

And-upon the great mound and throne made of flesh

Oh serpent decend

Queen Avuniir of the greater void

Cast from the womb of the gods

Descending the mound she set fire to the isles

(gunt x2) and poisoned the air

Terraforming the soil with flesh

Drinking the marrow of titans in mass

A blight,blight, blight to our world

The serpent beguiles and manifest –

The blood tides rise as the serpent feeds

On veins of elysium

Drinking the marrow of titans in mass

A blight,blight, blight to our world

The serpent beguiles and manifest

Her kingdom as queen of the ash

Track Listing:

1. Suun Rai Aru (Passion Begets Ruin) (3:04)

2. As Decreed: The Law of Vuul Athmar (4:25)     

3. The Waste of Dreadrift (5:19)

4. Srai – The Demon of Erring (6:24)

5. Dark World Mirrors (4:42)

6. Bloodtide Rising (ft. Mathieu Marcotte of Augury) (3:48)

7. The Red Odyssey (2:07)

8. The Red Odyssey Part 2: The Temple of the Sky Eater (4:57)

9. The Odium and the Contrition (4:12)

Album Length: 39:02

Album Band Line Up:

Joshua Niemeyer – Vocals

Daniel Presnell – Guitar

Chris Hathcock – Guitar, Clean vocals

Brad Parris – Bass vocals

Joshua Nassaru Ward – Drums, Keys, Vocals

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (5741 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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