Corrosion TV conducted an interview with U.K.-based experimental/progressive extreme metallers XERATH at the Hellfire II festival, which was held November 6-8, 2009 at the NEC in Birmingham, England. Watch the chat below.
XERATH recently parted ways with guitarist Andy Phillips. The group's bassist, Owain Williams, has since taken over guitar duties for the band. A new bassist has not yet been named.
XERATH released its debut album, "Xerath I", on May 25 via Candlelight Records. The CD was mixed in France by Brett Caldas-Lima (CYNIC).
An e-card for the album is available at this location.
According to a press release, XERATH is "a new, cutting-edge band combining crushing MESHUGGAH-style riffs with epic orchestral composition. Their sound can be described as taking influence from STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, MESHUGGAH and DIMMU BORGIR to create a distinctive sound they call 'orchestral groove metal' (or chug-score!)."
The band was formed in 2007 by guitarist Andy Phillips, drummer Michael Pitman and bassist Owain Williams, and was later joined by Richard Thomson on vocals.
Originally started as an experiment to combine film-score scounds with syncopated guitar rhythms, XERATH evolved into a full-fledged gigging band with a clear direction.
For more information, visit the band's MySpace page.