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British metal troupe Xerath follow up their last disc I with the 10-track sophomore effort logistically entitled II. Drenched in the Meshuggah polyrhythmic metal assault while brazen with a slew of familiar symphonic elements borrowed from both bands such as Dimmu Borgir and Strapping Young Lad as well as countless film scores, this act showcases a fierce mechanized metal delivery where their two mammoth sounds collide with a progressive mindset spearheading the overall ambush (“God of the Frontlines”). While parts of this album come off as clinical, the overall abrasiveness Xerath exhibits, however familiar it may appear to be some, renders a well-crafted and futuristically scathing listening experience for those prepared to move into the next century of metallic explorations.
- Mike SOS