There is another cool band coming from the land of windmills. And weed. They are called XENO, they serve uncompromising prog death metal with tech tendencies, and they came up with their debut album “Atlas Construct” this year.
I talked with the band, and here is what they tell about their work.
Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?
Life’s good. There are a lot of cool bands out there right now, so life’s good. We hope you can say the same! Thanks for asking.
Speaking of new music, you have an album. What can people expect from “Atlas Construct”?
Well, yeah! We just got our album out recently. On it you’ll find a handful of songs with styles ranging from death to groove, melodic, black, whatever. Expect an album without boundaries set genre-wise. We wanted our album to represent ourselves, and we think we pulled it off.
What was it like working on the album?
It was fun, but hard work. This is our first recording attempt, and with it came challenges never faced before. Luckily for us it worked out in the end so here it is. The band has it’s base in the south of the Netherlands, but not every member lives there. Due to that, recording fulltime proved to be difficult, so we had to improvise sometimes. All lessons learned made us wiser in the end. We know what to do and what not to do now.
Are there any touring plans in support to “Atlast Construct”?
At the moment we are playing some clubs and a festival here and there. No tour booked or planned. We are going to try to organise a tour next summer, hopefully in one of our neighbouring countries.
While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?
An ultimate dream would be Japan, we love the culture there. America would be great as well, since not everyone in the band has been there yet. The vastness really appeals to us. Sightseeing aside, we would play in any country if the people there share our energy.
Who and what inspires you the most?
We try to be selfproviding with inspiration. Of course this is difficult to maintain since there are a million things going on around you. Most of our ‘outside’ inspiration comes from other bands we listen to. I’m referring to bands like Lamb of God, Xerath, Meshuggah, Gojira, that kind of stuff.
What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?
We listen to a lot, haha! Ranging from black metal to jazz, or even blackjazz (Shining, anyone?) we find ourselves drowning in a forever refilling pool of awesomeness.
I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?
This is not the time for life advice I guess. If it is, don’t stare directly into the sun, you’ll go blind.
Don’t give up on metal.