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September 2014
Released: 2014, Candlelight Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

The opening track ‘I Hold Dominion’ sets the pace for this record, spilling through to your eardrums with a ‘prog-Fantasia’ aura. 7 minutes of expertly crafted guitar solos, time signature changes and throaty rasps similar to Sikth. ‘I Hunt For The Weak’ has to be the standout track for sure. This is the song that the devil himself has on his iPod. On repeat! It’s pure evil. It has one of the best choruses on the album and sounds like a modernized, metal version of Pink Floyd. It spews images of demons, fire and suffering. Get your horns out!

Finally, rounding the album off with the instrumental ‘Veil’, the 2-part, symphonic metal leviathan. My theory is they put it there to remind you how insanely talented these 4 guys are at structuring a solid heavy prog track. It’s essentially banging the nail truly on the head.

The best thing about Xerath is there is so much versatility within them, that the next track never feels the same. Another would be their use of orchestral and electronic samples without them ever feeling like they’re smashing you in the face with them. The strings always feel subtle when necessary and add beauty where there is just pure aggression. A stunning effort and a journey any prog-lovers ears should take.

Review by Mickey Thin
Track Listing

1. I Hold Dominion
2. 2053
3. I Hunt For The Weak
4. Autonomous
5. Bleed This Body Clean
6. Death Defiant
7. Sentinels
8. Passenger
9. Ironclad
10. Demigod Doctrine
11. The Chaos Reign
12. Witness
13. Veil – Part 1
14. Veil – Part 2


Conor McGouran – Guitars
Richard Thomson – Vocals
Michael Pitman – Drums
Christopher Clark - Bass

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