X-TINXION is a Durtch thrash metal act that deserves to be recognized by you lot. So read this interview first and then go and check the band out. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
I am old enough to remember bands like Thanatos or Pestilence or Dead Head from the 80s/90s. Is there a Dutch sound to speak of?
-Well, I am not sure about a Dutch sound. I think Thanatos is a very different sounding band than Pestilence, or Gorefest, for instance. Maybe there was sort of a Deathmetal hype in the Netherlands in the 90s. However, there have also been bands such as Orphanage, Within Temptation, After Forever and Epica, who sort of started the whole gothic, female fronted thing. Or bands such as Izegrim and Hail of Bullets today, who bring more modern sounding music. I think X-Tinxion sounds like none of the above, by the way. Although they are all great bands, I don’t really see a common factor. But maybe that’s because I am Dutch.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
The name X-Tinxion was already picked by the time I joined the band. So, for me personally, not hard at all.
-Our drummer Peter picked the name. When he started the band, he felt Thrash metal had nearly become extinct in the Netherlands, hence the name. However, he wanted the name to be more of a recognisable thing, almost like a brand in its own, that’s why he spelled it the way he did. It had to be the only band with that particular name. I think the name suits the music perfectley. X-Tinxion may be a thrash metal band. But I have never heard another Thrash band like it. Lyric-wise I am inspired by all the things that could go wrong with the earth and humanity. I am fascinated by the tendency of mankind to self-destruct. It isn’t a depressed way of thinking, though. It also results in creative thinking to find solutions for our problems. There has to be somekind of balance. Inspiration comes from science, as well as sci-fi, philosophy as well as religion, history and fantasy. All with a healthy dose of humor and sarcasm. The extinction of the human race and probably this planet, seems inevitable if you look at its history. It’s only a question of when and how. X-Tinxion is like a force of nature in itself and its name heeds a warning, not a threat. It means extinction is upon us. So we may as well party together, like there is no tomorrow.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of metal you play? What inspires you today?
-As a band, many forms of music inspire us. We all have very broad tastes in music. Not just metal either. It’s just that we all love (old-school) Thrash. We started out as a more old-school oriented band anyway. Bans like Testament, Destruction, Megadeth, Kreator, Toxik. But we also love new thrash bands such as Gama Bomb, or Violator, bands that also have brought back an old-school sound. However, we love completely differt kinds of metal as well, like Dream Theatre, or modern stuff like Lamb of God. We combine the old-school feel with anything we listen to. We don’t feel prohibited in our choices in any way. We just create music that makes our hearts beat faster and hope it does the same for others.
What is it that makes Dutch metal so good? I cannot think of a single bad Dutch band.
-Haha, that’s because you don’t know every Dutch band ;-). No, seriously, I have no idea. Maybe metal isn’t easy to make anyhow, so only gifted musicians dare to try it? Also, in the Netherlands metal isn’t a big thing. Whatever comes out of the dungeons has to be something of some quality. Otherwise it won’t be picked up by those who try and make some money of of it.
I am kinda old school and want my music on a format I can touch. Is digital killing the album format?
-I think most metal heads are kinda old-school that way. Even the young ones. The digital world is, in my humble opinion a gift to the world of metal and a curse to all other music. Because metal heads treasure their music and love their heroes for life. Sure, maybe tape-trading sounds romantic to us now. But it was also a hell of a lot more difficult to get your hands on new great music from some place you had never heard of before. The world has become smaller, with easier access to the gods. The great thing is, if through some digital way, you learn about new music today, you can also easily order a cd or record online. Personally, when I love a record, I buy it. I still have a respectable collection of cd’s and vynil at home. Nothing beats being able to smell a booklet, read the lyrics and credits, look at the artwork and touch it all.
What part does art work and lay out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention
-We are still learning how to catch people’s attention. But, believe me, a lot of trouble is made between us before everyone is unanimous what artwork we should pick. Both our rhythm guitarist Sepp and myself are artists and so are some of our friends. It may cost less to produce something nice ourselves, but then again, you may not have enough distance to be objective about it. Sometimes it’s also a good idea to get a well known artist to do your stuff, so that you might stand out. Management also gets a vote in it. But in the end we as a band have to be happy with the end-result.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Touring, word of mouth, paper ads etc?
-We are at the brink of releasing our first full-length album. So I can’t tell you much about promotion yet. I do know, that social media plays a very big part in it. We (you and I) wouldnt have even been able to contact each-other so easily, if it wasn’t for social media. You might have never heard of a promis ing band from the Netherlands, called X-Tinxion. I might have never heard of a cool journalist called Anders, who likes writing about new bands. Most of the promotional activity is done through social media. Some of it through analogue media. Touring is still a great way to promote a new album and sell merchandise. So that is what we will attempt to do once our album is released. Luckily for us, we are about to be signed under a great manager. I can’t really say anything, until things are official, though.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Yes, absolutely. I think the Metal-scene is still very much alive and kicking. It’s so great to be able to meet so many enthousiastic people from all over the world through the internet. But also on festivals and through other bands. For me, the scene is like a warm bath after a days hard work.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Like I said before, we are only just starting to get some interest in our music from outside our community. With the upcoming album, we would like to be able to do some touring. We love to be on stage. It is the only way to physically meet people, see their faces, feel their vibe. I think making an album is great, but we can’t wait to get out there and bring the music live. We are very much a live band.
What will the future bring?
-The inevitable X-Tinxion. Seriously though: the first full-length X-Tinxion album entitled “From the Ashes of Eden”. We are proud as a motherfucker of that cd!! (If you want to get a hint of what it will sound like, you can order our maxi-single “Severed From Heaven” on our website www.xtinxion.com. Our website also contains a live videoclip of the song “The Divine”, feauturing George Oosthoek on additional vocals.) Hopefully after the release, we’ll be able to do a couple of nice tours and get to know everyone that supports us.
We are ready for the world, so come check us out!
Just keep checking for news on www.xtinxion.com and also on facebook.com/xtinxion and twiiter.com/XTinxion
Thank you so much, Anders. Hope to hear from you soon.