Like everybody else I think Meshuggah is some of the wildest and weirdest metal that there is today. That aside I have no idea what it is that they are doing that is so infectious and seem to rub off on so many bands. Which is why I want to find out more about XENOSIS. Anders Ekdahl © 2013
I know absolutely nothing about Xenosis. What can you tell me to get started?
-We are a 4 piece Progressive Death Metal band from Cornwall, UK formed in December 2009.
Since forming we have strived to create an original sound; taking influence from many genres, including jazz, world music, groove and prog, with death metal at the forefront. Crossing strange time signatures with melodic interludes and destructive riffs, it has resulted in a sound that is attracting fans from all aspects of the metal community and beyond. In August 2011 we had the pleasure of signing to record label Wormhole Death/ Aural Music, and in January 2012 we recorded and mixed our debut full feature album with Mathlab Studios.
I get a tech vibe when I listen to your music. What kind of influences have been your main in forming the sound of the band?
-There are simply too many to list! Each member that has been involved in Xenosis has had eclectic and varying influences. While there are technical sections, and we have taken a lot of influences from mathcore and technical death metal, we like to incorporate everything and anything.
If you were to name the 5 most influential bands in the genres that have shaped your sound what would they be?
-We all have very different ideas that all get put into the ‘meliting pot’ Bands like Fantomas, Nile, Dillinger Escape Plan, Estradasphere and Diablo Swing Orchestra are some of our personal favourites, but as a band we are always looking for more experimental and interesting music, varying from Classical to Bossa Nova to Grindcore.
When you write songs what comes first, the music or the lyrics? How important are the lyrics?
-When writing the music will usually be written with a subject in mind, but the lyrics are always paramount. As well as wanting to make music that is original and different we have always a strong theme of conspiracy and human misanthropy driving the songs forward.
How important is the art work to you? What do you want it to say to the potential buyer?
-We have chosen to incorporate symbolism used by various secret societies. Stephanie Full of ‘Spirit Of The Forest Art & Photography’ did a great job of representing our lyrical themes visually, which is important part of making our CD stand out amongst others.
With the digital/download scene the art work and lay out seem to be of a minor interest as well as the album format. What are your opinions of this whole new way of consuming music?
-The internet has changed the way we shop for music, as well as how we purchase it (or not, as the case often is). Presenting an aesthetically interesting image for your music is just as vital as it always has been, but it is still far more important to make music people like! From vinyl to mp3 this has always remained true. The digital market allows us all instant access to more music than ever before, this can only be a good thing.
Is playing live a viable way for you to promote the band? What kind of venues are we talking about?
-Yes!! Playing live has always been the best thing about heavy metal and its followers. The promotion that comes from playing in any venue will always over-power social media in our eyes. People having fun, coming to shows and enjoying themselves is what this industry is based on.
Do you feel that you are a part of a scene? How do you know when you become a member of a scene?
-Our local scene in Cornwall has always been great for us, beer, metal and friends just down the road has got to be good for any band! You know you’re a member of a scene when people remember your bands name the next day!
How do you know where to look for the right kind of people to work with? How do you know what people to trust?
-People who forget that metal is about the music, and the people who enjoy it, and focus purely on financial gain, or trying to appear ‘cool’, should be avoided. Not only can they not be trusted but if allowed they will poison whatever you create, whether they mean to or not.
What future do you see for Xenosis?
-With the release of our new album which is due for release very soon, we plan to take up opportunities touring, playing festivals and anything else we can do to get our music heard! Having written most of a second album as well, we will be looking to get back into the studio at some time during 2013. Watch this space!