Sci-Fi metal band Xael’s releases its new album Bloodtide Rising via Pavement Entertainment. Bloodtide Rising was recorded by Joshua Ward and mastered by Jamie King. All music was written by Xael, and the album features Mathieu Marcotte (guitarist from Augury and Humanoid) and Nate Miller (Chinese Violin) as guests.
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In regards to its mission, the band says, “In Xael, we are trying to not only create some brutal and primal metal but cultivate the fusion of storytelling and epic adventures. We are building a multiverse with diverse planets and odd-powerful creatures, taking listeners on a journey.” In regards to the theme of Bloodtide Rising, Xael explains, “This specific album follows the ‘watchers’ as we are assimilated into the vile and mysterious world of Vuul Athmar. It is a tragic love story turned horror. Musically, we incorporate tribal elements, Asian and traditional folk instruments, and an array of vocals to capture the variety of emotions. Though there was a global pandemic, we worked hard to bring this musical odyssey alive and we are excited to finally share it.”
In conjunction with the release of Bloodtide Rising, Xael also recently premiered the music video for “Waste of Dreadrift,” a single from the new album. Check out the video below. Xael, based out of the Carolinas was formed in 2018. The band’s current line-up consists of Joshua Niemeyer, Daniel Presnell, Chris Hathcock (The Reticent), Brad Parris (Nile), and Joshua “Nassaru” Ward. Xael combines elements of extreme metal with orchestrations and folk music to create soundscapes of the imagination.