XERATH Signs To CANDLELIGHT RECORDS

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.

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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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