Monday, October 10, 2016

Xoth Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

    Hi! We are currently promoting the upcoming release of “Invasion of the Tentacube” while simultaneously booking a West Coast tour for November.  Both have taken a lot of time and energy but it should all pay off in the end.

2.You have a new album coming out during the end of October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous ep?

    The songwriting between the EP and the album is pretty similar. I would say that we honed in our sound more on the album and a lot of the newer songs are more attuned to the style we aim to achieve. Semi complex song structures, with lots of dynamics, but never drifting too far into the prog realm.

3.Your lyrics cover Sci Fi, Lovecraft, Conspiracies and Ancient Mysteries, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest on those topics?

    I have been obsessed with horror movies and books for a long time. I was introduced to Lovecraft by movies like “From Beyond” and “Re Animator.” His ideas always struck me (and many other people) as very profound and somewhat possible. Graham Hancock and his book “Fingerprints of the Gods” got me into ancient mysteries. There are a lot of crazy thing that can’t be explained by the history we are taught in school. Conspiracy theories have been a interest of mine for a while now. It is pretty difficult to see through the smoke and mirrors to know what is true, but interesting nonetheless. Just don’t let it control your life hahaha.  I don’t subscribe to any beliefs but I think it is ignorant to assume we know what is out there in the cosmos.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Xoth'?

    Xoth is a planet in the Lovecraftian Cthulhu Mythos. It is a green binary star where cthulhu mated with Idh-yaa to spawn some of his wretched demigod offspring. We thought it sounded cool and was it was only one word. GOOD.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

    I would say the three best shows we have played are the Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff (huge and very drunk turnout. The hotel was very nice and we got a free room), the Black Castle in Los Angeles, and HAIL SANTA VI at the Highline in Seattle. Our live show consists of humorous spoken word descriptions of each song, sampled electronic tracks between songs, and of course our music. We try to put on a high energy upbeat performance every time.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

    We have a two week West Coast tour in November with Sarcalogos from Portland. It will start in Seattle, go all the way to Tijuana, and end in Medford, OR. Check out our bandcamp or facebook page for tour dates.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
    Yes we would be interested in signing with the a label. We are looking for a label that will give us a fair deal and present us with opportunities we could not get on our own. So far we have received a few offers from small indie labels, but were not convinced they could make a difference for us. We are confident that we will meet the right people one day.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?

    Limited but good. We have sold albums to people in various countries in Europe and Asia. One of our main goals with this album is increase our international awareness level. Hopefully the worldwide response picks up and we reach a much bigger audience.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

    We really want to write more super dynamic epic compositions. I am really into playing and collecting Synthesizers and it would be awesome to incorporate them more. Aside from that, we will just keep pushing our musical boundaries to create the best stuff we can.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

    The styles that have influence us the most are Metal (of course), prog rock, old school electronic music, and a lot of other stuff.  Bal-Sagoth, Obscure, King Diamond, Abusu, Akercoce, Goblin, Tangerine Dream, Vektor. Really anything from Suffocation to the Bee Gees we can get into.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

    Books, bad 80s movies, camping/hiking, traveling, selling shit on ebay, jelqing, cats, dogs, and various other species of animals.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

    Thanks for taking the time to interview us and review our album! Those reading should prepare for way more Xoth in the future. Keep an eye on our youtube for some cool videos soon. Make sure to check out facebook page for updates on the band. One last thing, don’t believe in the lies of society... be yourself and all that junk. beholdxoth beholdxoth xoth behold_xoth/ bands/Xoth/3540384828

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