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Xenosis – Sowing The Seeds Of Destruction

Xenosis
Sowing The Seeds Of Destruction
by Johnny Jackal at 17 January 2016, 11:12 PM

In between battling a vicious flu and bronchitis that has me bed ridden and mourning the death of Lemmy, I dived into this review later than I would have liked. I heard a lot of great things about XENOSIS in the last few months and I wanted to know what the big hush about them was. “Arise” is the opening track off the album. It’s an instrumental track and reminds me Video game level music. Maybe something off a horror survival game, I highly enjoyed it to be honest. “Rebuild, Renew” is the second track and it really stands out. It begins with a bass solo and then turns to a classic thrash metal song.

In between battling a vicious flu and bronchitis that has me bed ridden and mourning the death of Lemmy, I dived into this review later than I would have liked. I heard a lot of great things about XENOSIS has been a huge deal in the last few months, and I really wanted to know what the big fuss was really all about.  ”Arise” is the opening track off the album. It’s an instrumental track and reminds me video game level music. Maybe something off a horror survival game, I highly enjoyed it to be honest.

“Rebuild, Renew” is the second track and it really stands out. It begins with a bass solo and then turns to a classic thrash metal song. This song does not sound like the rest of the album at all and reminds me of some of the earlier DESTRUCTION songs. It actually really sounds like the re-recordings they did for “Thrash Anthems” a number of years ago. This is my favorite track off the album.”Red Waves” is the third track off the album and is the most technical sounding song on the album. It reminds me a lot of the new PERIPHERY album with a dash of the last few albums of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME. There is seamless transitions in the song and it’s one the most enjoyable tracks off the album. Harsher vocals than the Prog Metal bands I enumerated but just a great middle of album song. The fourth track is “From Flesh To Dirt”. Really, really enjoyed the clean vocals to begin the song and there is a lot of transition between the harsh and the clean vocals throughout the song. It’s the most Death Metal song off the album but we can hear clearly what the singer says when he is singing with the harsher vocals and that’s a big plus for me.

The fifth song is “Turn Over Thy Crown”. This is pure OPETH, something that could have come from “Ghost Reveries” or “Blackwater Park”. It’s Death Metal but it has some smooth transitions like OPETH has in most of their songs. This is one of the of the longer songs on this album, but it's still highly enjoyable. The sixth song is “Rapture”, it’s an instrumental song that doesn’t have any real purpose on this album other than leading to the next two songs.

The last two songs on the album are “Czernobog Part 1 & Part 2”. These two songs have a lot of solos in them, especially Part 1. Part 1 is the more technical song of the two but the second Part is just Traditional Death Metal. I can hear the influences of the pioneers of the style and I thought it really sounded like some earlier GOJIRA as well. The affects in the voice do remind me of Joseph Duplantier from GOJIRA. It’s a great way to finish off the album.

It was a lot of fun reviewing this as my first review of 2016. The fact that the Death Metal vocals are pretty clear and I can hear the lyrics, well that’s something really important for me. I really hope they get noticed in 2016, and get some much due respect from the Metal Community and fans throughout the world, because they deserve every bit of it.

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Arise
2. Rebuild, Renew
3. Red Waves
4. From Flesh To Dirt
5. Turn Over Thy Crown
6. Rapture
7. Czernobog Part 1
8. Czernobog Part 2
Lineup:
Jeff Haddad – Vocals
Ernie Delvecchio – Guitar
Mark Lyon – Guitar
Dave Legenhausen – Bass
Gary Marotta – Drums
Record Label: Independent
     


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Edited 17 September 2019
 

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