Xaon – The Drift (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Xaon - The Drift - Album CoverThe RockmusicRaider officescape likes drama. Especially a loud drama with a lot of boom and bang. And we have remarkable drama queens around the Gothic and Symphonic Metal universe, blackened and death-oriented ones included. Just think about Dimmu Borgir or Fleshgod Apocalypse to name just two of them.

Now, here we can add another one: The Swiss outfit Xaon rumbles onto the scene like Mad Max on a bad day. They already gave us a first broadside of what they can do in 2016 with their EP Face of Balaam. And they are back with a hammer blow of a record disguised beneath a simple and almost nihilistic art cover in blue and gray shades.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Newsflash: Balaam impersonated. By Xaon!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Xaon - Face of Balaam - Album CoverThe wicked prophet is loose with his donkey again, facing the sword wielding angel! Or something of that nature. And in Switzerland to boot.

If an EP serves – as the lore goes – to show the skills of a band in their early days, then the Swiss band Xaon hit dead center with their upcoming, self-released album Face of Balaam. Expecting some watery #metal concoction, I was stopped dead in my tracks by this tsunami rolling over me. And by Loki, these guys serve an intense and aggressive brand of their favorite #metal muesli they for sure crunch for breakfast.

And talking about early days: Xaon formed in 2012 already, but apparently had some issues finding the right sound and direction for a while.Got hooked? Raid this some more...