XAEL “The Last Arbiter”

”The Last Arbiter”
(Test Your Metal Records)

Battle Helm Rating

And here again we have a band that has a name that starts with an X. I have a hard time properly pronounce the bands name. yeah, I know. It is a minor issue, but I do like to sound out a bands name to get a feeling for it. But with this band’s name I am not really sure what I feel. Musically this is some sort of symphonic death metal. The first time I read the description of XAEL’s music I thought it would be a total symphonic blast but it is rather restrained and controlled. Not that I am complaining. I do like what I hear, it was just that the expectation I built up in my mind didn’t really match what I got to hear. I don’t really have any specific band to compare this to. In a way it kinda reminds me of Nocturnus meeting Morbid Angel in an epic fantasy battle but that doesn’t really say much to anybody but me. But it is a cool piece of metal album. Anders Ekdahl

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