Xenosis - Sowing the Seeds of Destruction - (7.5/10)
Published on January 23, 2016
Genre:Progressive Death / Technical Death
Xenosis is a progressive/technical death metal band from New Haven, Connecticut. The band formed in 2010, and released an EP, a demo, and a full-length in 2012. Their second album, Sowing the Seeds of Destruction, was released independently in 2015. Sowing the Seeds of Destruction is a rather solid collection of songs and ought to attract some label attention.
I’ll be the first to admit that technical death metal usually doesn’t do too much for me. For all its obvious skill, I usually find it lacking in the songwriting department. But that is not the case with Sowing the Seeds of Destruction. Xenosis are skilled songwriters and this album has some really impressive moments, including “Rebuild, Renew” and “From Flesh to Dirt.” And at just a little over a half hour in length, this is a release that does its damage quickly leaving the listener wanting more; it never wears out its welcome and is designed for repeated listens with very little filler.
A large part of the reason the album succeeds so well is its emphasis on melody. Sowing the Seeds of Destruction has some really catchy guitar melodies and some of the songs, like “Red Waves,” have a rather straightforward verse/chorus pattern. Vocalist Jeff Haddad has a nice, decipherable mid-range rasp reminiscent in spots of Bill Steer’s work in Carcass or James Malone from Arsis. There are some deeper growls as well and “From Flesh to Dirt” even features some clean vocals that are pretty well done. Despite its technical nature, Sowing the Seeds of Destruction is largely an accessible, melodic album.
Progressive has become one of the most overused words to describe metal lately, especially with the rise of djent. There is some of that sound on Sowing the Seeds of Destruction, although it is very subtle and mostly because of some of the chugging grooves. Some of the tight start/stop rhythms are also slightly reminiscent of Gojira, as on “Czernobog Part One.” I wouldn’t go as far as to say they are a djent or groove metal though; for the most part this is modern progressive/technical death in the vein of The Faceless, right down to a similar sci-fi feel.
Sowing the Seeds of Destruction covers a lot of bases. It has the melodies progressive fans enjoy, along with intricate technicality and thick, heavy grooves. It all comes together nicely on what is an enjoyable, memorable album from a young band to watch.