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Montreal, QC – February 15, 2018
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Sci-Fi Metal XAEL Premiere “In The Hallows of Pathos” via SkullsNBones
Debut Performance Supporting SEPTIC FLESH In Spartanburg, SC March 13th
L-R – Xolotl – Bass / Back Vocals, Tuurm – Lead Guitar / Back Vocals, Nassaru – Lead Vocalist / Guitar / Studio Drummer, Sorgiem – Lead Guitar
Photo Credit: Shannon Wells
Recently signing to Vancouver, BC’s TEST YOUR METAL RECORDS this past December, North Carolina sci-fi metallers XAEL have their next track offering “In The Hallows of Pathos” as part of their forthcoming sci-fi adventure album “The Last Arbiter”.
The track follows their previously unleashed story singles “Apathy of the Immortal”, “Watchers of Xan”, “SRAI (Chained to the Demon of Erring)“, which are available for free download on bandcamp here.
Teaming up with SkullsnBones.com, XAEL is premiering “In The Hallows of Pathos” at the following link: https://skullsnbones.com/xael-debut-hollows-pathos-new-album/
The band comments:
“Our music represents a dual mission in terms of its purpose. The songs represent both the Sci-fi lore and serve as a conduit for our own emotions and life endeavors. “In The Hollows of Pathos” is about the immortal’s specific weakness, which we call ‘soul sickness’. This temporarily renders him unconscious and vulnerable as his immortality is only so, if he is in a conscious state. Chained to him is ancient and insidious entity from antiquity that hungers to feed on his life essence as such he has to strive to overcome such. The song represents depression and the need to grow and overcome it as a disease.”
Founded by Nassaru of Rapheumets Well/Enthean as well as Sorgiem “Daniel Presnell,” Tuurm “Alex Rush” from Enthean, and Xolotl “Fernando Ortega”, XAEL’s science fiction experience “Last Arbiter” is set for later release in 2018 via Test Your Metal Records. The overall summary of the album is the sky ghost, the wayfarer, the shadow of time, the exile; in which the many names he is called by yet for the Immortal, he is cursed to traverse the cosmos aimlessly, searching for an unattainable purpose. Chained to him is a beast, a demon from antiquity who the Immortal keeps as a reminder of his past.
The Last Arbiter Audio Story Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lk-G1YOGlo&t=
In additional news, XAEL‘s debut live performance will be as local support for the Septic Flesh, Dark Funeral andThy Antichrist North American tour stop in Spartanburg, SC on March 13th.
March 13 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero – info
For more info:
EPK – https://wp.me/pciNW-b9T
(Bio written by Steve Earles)About:
From Rush to Voivod, the Science-Fantasy album has long been an integral part of the heavy metal cannon; now; carrying this proud tradition into the 21st century is XAEL! Make no mistake; they will remake the metal world!
Influenced by Septic Flesh, Iron Maiden, Augury, Wardruna and Fleshgod Apocalypse, vocalist / guitarist Nassaru describes XAEL’s music as “a thought provoking metal journey.”
XAEL have a unique approach to releasing their music to debut them in 2018, as Nassaru explains.
“We will have eight songs standard and two instrumental tracks. Instead of releasing an album upfront, we want fans to share in our progress in a musical series, releasing two songs a month to allow more time for fans to appreciate the work and for us to best represent the songs in some form of art to convey the entirety of our vision….The album series is called ‘The Last Arbiter’, referring to the protagonist’s mission in the story and his pursuit of an unattainable purpose in pacifying the destructive nature of the sentient world.”
The overall summary of the album is the sky ghost, the wayfarer, the shadow of time, the exile; in which the many names he is called by yet for the Immortal, he is cursed to traverse the cosmos aimlessly, searching for an unattainable purpose. Chained to him is a beast, a demon from antiquity who the Immortal keeps as a reminder of his past.
Upon the corridors of the Tymeer capitol the Immortal presents his seemingly profound doctrine called the “Compendium of Ethical Symbiosis”, which outlines a harmonious way of governing and regulating the various civilizations under the ruling regime through casting down warmonger ideologies and laws that degrade the value of its species.
Though momentarily entertained, the ruling counsel of Tymeer dismisses the wisdom of the wayfarer. Passing through the city gates tired and morally degraded, the Immortal along with his insidiously chained demon wanders into the wastelands of Tymeer. It is here that his journey begins.
XAEL have equally original and grandiose ideas for their live shows as they do in their creative song writing.
“This is what we are crafting as we speak. We are returning to the roots of metal; not just the music, but the visuals to accompany it. We will be representing the story live to its fullest. Let’s just say you may see some odd things from fire dancing and cultural rituals, to a spear dance and even a gladiator-style tournament!”
Nassaru is stoked for the world to hear XAEL.
“It will be different and very diverse, but at its core it is extreme metal, melodies in abundance, and storytelling bard style! So I believe it will be refreshing…something different combining symphonic and folk elements with brutal metal…We want to paint a soundscape, a myriad of imaginative and diverse environments while exploring the complications of being sentient and self-aware.”
XAEL was founded by Nassaru of Rapheumets Well/Enthean as well as Sorgiem “Daniel Presnell,” Tuurm “Alex Rush” from Enthean, and Xolotl “Fernando Ortega” and features various guest artists.
(Bio written by Steve Earles)
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