XAON - SWITZERLAND




  
 
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XAON - THE DRIFT - SLIPTRICK RECORDS  
The Swiss are now a duo and have recorded this second release, The Drift, as a trio plus “additional musician” a.k.a drummer Jordan Kiefer. Clean vocals amid not so clean and so called symphonic elements produce a mangled mix for the opener Terra Incognita. A solo, courtesy of Vinc, pierces through a chaotic song. The song is too many things at same time. On The Nature Of Flights sounds more brutal, as much as a song can be with synthesizers in back and foreground sometimes. When the extras are absent it is as if the listener can actually make out what's happening. A melodic (death) metal song is hidden somewhere in there. Fleshgod Apocalypse could be termed an influence, perhaps Dimmu Borgir too but that is a bit too clichéd a comparison for this genre. Khadath Al Khold (HP Lovecraft sound-alike name?) is much the same. Frozen Shroud tells a story and stops the music in its middle to tell it. Zarathustra starts slow and features a time and space theme, Nietzsche making his influence known. Broken Anchor starts ominously promising something faster but doesn't fully deliver. I Writ My Hopes (Into These Streams) sounds like it should be a gothic or doom song but it is neither, just a mix of sounds that is somewhat overdone. The Wounded Gods features something like spoken vocals sections a la Susperia's Devil May Care and with more clean vocals appearing throughout. – Anna Tergel




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