I really got a kick out of these guys. Firing up our mighty music machine with Apathy of the Immortal, I got them folks from the Canadian band Xael lustily chanting away like good ‘ol boys from Main Street Parish Church Sunday School. I kid you not: I had visions of them in pristine, white robes with little, golden song booklets in their hands performing in front of the congregation.
But – luckily – just at the moment I started to seriously frown at the loudspeakers and got ready to switch channels, the metal kicked in with a vengeance. The band sports a refreshing, kind of melodically challenged and epic brand of Extreme Metal. And – lo and behold – in search of this endeavor, Xael went a-hunting on the grounds of our Italian friends of Fleshgod Apocalypse. But methinks that their tune is darker, more leaning towards the spiked fists of Black Metal than anywhere else.
This is another band refusing to stick to one of the metal genres. Whilst their style can loosely be called Melodic Black Metal, Xael avidly mix symphonics, melodious parts and a load of Death Metal elements, plus some folksy, acoustic passages. Growls and clear voice all mixed into this amalgam of theirs just add to the allure. To spice things up some more, the band neatly gift-wrapped all of this into a tasty fantasy theme. And this is usually a good thing, if you look for quality.
Somewhat similar to Tragul, Xael decided to unchain a series of singles to whet the appetite of their fans. Yet this band aims to unleash an album called The Last Arbiter sometimes in the course of 2018.
Xael was founded by Nassaru of Rapheumets Well/Enthean. Band mates are Sorgiem, Tuurm from Enthean and Xolotl. Plus a bunch of guest artists to heat things up more.
Truly, a band with potential. The RMR crew already looks forward to the upcoming album in 2018. Stay tuned for more.
A taste of their prowess: