We move towards the djenty realms today with Xerath (pronounced, I assume, ‘Zerath’), a UK band who set out to combine film-like scoring with polyrhythms and general metal-type sounds. The result is pretty tasty. They cite bands like Meshuggah, Strapping Young Lad and Opeth as major influences, so it’s fairly easy to see where this is going to go, and that it’s going to be pretty easy on the ears.
They won Terrorizer Magazine’s best unsigned band of 2007, and were signed by Candlelight Records some time after that, who handle label duties for Opeth and Emperor. Their debut album I is out, and we’re expecting II soon. I wish bands would stop naming their albums like that, but if wishes were fishes I’d be drowning in halibut.