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XANTHOCHROID

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • United States


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Founded in 2005, XANTHOCHROID is a Lake Forest, California based progressive symphonic black metal act with a focus on epic melodies and conceptual lyrical themes. With a diverse range of influences including IHSAHN, BORKNAGAR, OPETH and MOONSORROW, this band incorporates elements of the aforementioned acts into their own palette of melodic extreme metal with grandiose majestic passages with technical flair segueing into soothing ambiance and acoustic moments. They also utilize a wide range of vocal deliveries, including harsh rasps, growls and soaring clean vocals reminiscent of VINTERSORG.

After releasing a demo in 2010, their first EP, ''Incultus'' saw the light of day in 2011. On December 21st, 2012 they released their first full length album, ''Blessed He With Boils'', further developing their complex themes both musically and lyrically, and recruiting the strong engineering skills of Jens BOGREN. The current lineup includes Sam MEADOR on keyboards, acoustic guitars and vocals, Matthew EARL on drums, percussion and flute, Bryan HUIZENGA on bass, Brent VALLEFUOCO on guitars and David BODENHOEFER also on guitars.

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4.23 | 11 ratings
Blessed He With Boils
2012
3.96 | 7 ratings
Of Erthe and Axen Act I
2017
3.85 | 8 ratings
Of Erthe and Axen Act II
2017

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Incultus
2011

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 Of Erthe and Axen Act II by XANTHOCHROID album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.85 | 8 ratings

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Of Erthe and Axen Act II
Xanthochroid Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is the second half of Xanthochroid's two-part concept album, the two between them detailing the origin myth of their homebrewed Dungeons & Dragons world (I think). As previously, we're in a blackened progressive metal territory here, with folk touches and an overall concept which seems to combine the storyteller's theatricality of the Decemberists with the fantasy worldbuilding of Immortal. To my ears, it sounds like it has a bit more fire and fury than its predecessor, in keeping with being the exciting climax of the story. On the whole, the two-album set was an ambitious project to undertake, but it has at least paid off in terms of prompting a maturing and development in Xanthochroid's sound.
 Of Erthe and Axen Act I by XANTHOCHROID album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.96 | 7 ratings

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Of Erthe and Axen Act I
Xanthochroid Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This first part of a two-part concept album finds Xanthochroid slipping from the progressive black metal of their debut album to a sort of "blackened progressive metal" sound, with extensive symphonic and folk touches and even more emphasis given to storytelling than the debut. As with Immortal, Xanthochroid's music is focused on exploring the band's made-up fantasy world, but Immortal have never gone as full Decemberists as Xanthrochroid do when it comes to the theatricality of their composition. It might not be absolutely groundbreaking, but it's a more than pleasant prog metal-with-teeth piece which makes me want to listen to the second album to hear the rest of the story.
 Blessed He With Boils by XANTHOCHROID album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.23 | 11 ratings

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Blessed He With Boils
Xanthochroid Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Xanthochroid take the Immortal route as far as their lyrical concept goes, focusing on epic struggles in fantasy kingdoms, but musically they're as far from traditional black metal as you're likely to get. With multiple genre twists and turns - a bit of acoustic strumming here - a brash progressive metal section in the tradition of Enslaved there - they're certainly able to competently present a diverse range of sounds, though I'm not sure the various sections really hang together convincingly. The album's meandering is reminiscent of the band trying out a bunch of sounds to see how they feel rather than anything more interestingly assembled and directed.
 Blessed He With Boils by XANTHOCHROID album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.23 | 11 ratings

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Blessed He With Boils
Xanthochroid Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Pieromcdo

5 stars What an amazing album probably the best in extreme prog I hear so far this is a requiem a la Opeth with more of a classical side with chord and many different instruments it is just perfect from the smooth soft side to they extreme side Ps there is some growth voice her and there is the rage and the beauty all mix in a perfect matter I got the chance to her a bit off that on bandcamp and it was instant love got both of there album JUST a BIG wow if your a fan of Opeth and you have and open mind for classic music this is a must Just wow wow wow
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