UK-based experimental/progressive extreme metallers XERATH have inked a deal with Candlelight Records. The band's debut CD, "Xerath I", is currently being mixed in France by Brett Caldas-Lima (CYNIC) and is due in the spring.

Commented the group: "We are thrilled to announce signing with UK-based Candlelight Records! We look forward to working with such a reputable label and following in the footsteps of some of our favorite bands!"

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 www.myspace.com/xerath.


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