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Xasthur

Formed: 1995
From: Alhambra, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Xasthur News

Below is our complete Xasthur news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Hydra Head Records Offers Free MP3 Sampler

Hydra Head Records are now offering a free MP3 sampler download from their online store. The sampler, titled "Phoning It In", features an eclectic range of music and is available for a limited time only.

The track listing is as follows:
1. Oxbow + Philippe Thiphaine - "Coalking" From Songs for the French (5:46)
2. Daughters - "The First Supper" From "s/t" (3:18)
3. Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - "Unkerich" From Dolores (5:31)
4. Knut - "Calamity" From Wonder (1:43)
5. The Austerity Program - "Song 27" From Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn (4:04)
6. Pyramids With Nadja - "Another War" From Pyramids With Nadja (15:27)
7. Helms Alee - "Lionize" From Lionize/Truly 7" (2:45)
8. Hayaino Daisuki - "Ghosts of Purgatory" From The Invincible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell, or Did You Mean Hawaii Daisuki? (2:43)
9. Harvey Milk - "I Know This Is No Place For You" From A Small Turn of Human Kindness (5:07)
10. La Gritona - "Tony Alamo" From Demasiado Tonto Para Los Ninos Listos. Demasiado Listo Para Los Ninos Tontos (4:38)
11. Stephen Brodsky - "Here In Spirit" From Here's to the future (5:54)
12. Jodis - "Continents" From Secret House (7:27)
13. Nihill - "Mundus Subterreanus" From Krach (5:16)
14. Cave In - "Retina Sees Rewind" From Planets of Old (2:30)
15. Kayo Dot - "II. Whisper Ineffable" From Coyote (11:13)
16. ÿþKeelhaul - "THC for One" From Keelhaul s Triumphant Return to Obscurity (3:34)
17. Clouds - "New Bombs" From B Chuggas May Be Logging (2:08)
18. Xasthur - "UNTITLED 4/05" From 2005 Demo (7:02)
19. GridLink - "Amber Gray" From Amber Gray (1:06)
20. Greymachine - "Wasted" From Disconnected (8:43)
21. Bergraven - "Hunger" From Till Makabert Vasen (7:08)
22. Torche - "UFO" From Songs For Singles (2:01)

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OpEd

A Decade Of Metal In Review

On the 31 Dec 1999, no planes came crashing out of the sky, nuclear bombs went off or microwave ovens tried to eat anyone. However, times were about to change and in the metal scene change was already well underway. Let us take a stroll through the decade in metal that was.

Many of the 90s big names like Emperor and Pantera prepared to give their last venomous scream dying off in the wake of ever diminishing interest in the metal scene that had plagued the 90s. In the year 2000 a band named “Limp Bizkit” came out with an album called "Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavoured Water" and in a storm nu-metal took over the public perception of heavy music, changing the face of metal irreparably. Although nu-metal had already been pioneered by Korn, bands like Deftones, Disturbed, Mudvayne and Linkin Park all had breakout releases in 2000. More...

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Xasthur To Have 2005 Demo CD/12" Released

Xasthur: 2005 Demo CD / 12" out February 23rd on Hydra Head!
Xasthur fan... And so, you're already overwhelmingly aware of the fact that no outfit or individual in the Black Metal community, absolutely no one, is capable of reflecting and drawing the listener in to such a near tangible presence of distress...

Hydrahead Records has annouced plans to release a Xasthur demo from 2005. The demo is comprised of two lost, completed demo tracks that were recorded prior to the time that Subliminal Genocide was, and in a sense these two previously unavailable recordings "come across like a much belated extension of 'Subliminal Genocide'," states the label.

Here is the 2005 Demo tracklisting:
1. Untitled 4/05 (7:02)
2. Untitled 5/05 (9:12)

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Xasthur Announces New Album Details

Hydra Head Records have announced that they will be releasing the upcoming Xasthur album, titled "All Reflections Drained," on May 26th.

The album's track listing will be as follows:

1. Dirge Forsaken (5:42)
2. Maze of Oppression (5:16)
3. Achieve Emptiness Part II (4:59)
4. Masquerade of Incisions (15:53)
5. Damage Your Soul (4:53)
6. Inner Sanctum Surveillance (7:03)
7. Obfuscated in Oblivion (5:26)
8. All Reflections Drained (7:58)

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Unlikely Xasthur Shout Out: Part 1 Redux

Hydra Head Records has posted their reactions to yet another shout out to Xasthur from Ryan Adams. Here's what they had to say:

"That Ryan Adams guy just gets better and better...first he gave Xasthur a shout out in the NYTimes, and now in the new issue of Blender he's listed off his 13 favorite metal tracks...and, yep, you guessed it...he listed Xasthur on there. And at 13 no less! We're still not entirely sure what his music sounds like (although we are fairly certain it does not sound like Xasthur) but we are inching closer and closer to buying a record of his. Or maybe just illegally downloading it AND THEN buying it. Either way, we're going to check him out. Can some one put us in touch with him? Seriously. We want to send him the new Xasthur 2xLP that comes out next month!"

Here's what he says in the new Blender:

13. "The Prison of Mirrors," Xasthur
"I imagine a sad demon who just broke up with his demon girlfriend, and he's sitting on a big ash pile with his 'Dear Demonic John' letter going, 'Fuuuuck!' Then again, if you're making black metal that good, you probably don't have a girlfriend."

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Ryan Adams Gives Xasthur a Shout Out

Hydrahead Records had some commentary on recent reports of Ryan Adams giving Xasthur a shout out:

"We'd be full of shit if we were to suggest we were not taken aback by seeing a picture of Xasthur in the New York Times a few weeks ago...and then it only got weirder when we realized the pic of main member Malefic was due to the singer/songwriter Ryan Adams plugging Xasthur as one of his current playlist favorites. AND THEN it got even weirder when we saw that Mariah Carey AND Metallica AND Jay Z were plugged in the same breath. Guess you could say Mr Adams has a rather broad spectrum of tastes on his music listening pallette...had he plugged Jamiroquai, Mark would probably be writing the guy love letters right about now.

"We had heard a rumor that Adams had given Xasthur a shout out at an LA based performance a year or so ago, but we figured it had to be a myth. But then it dawned on us after reading this NYTimes piece that, perhaps, Mr. Adams was truly on board...the way he describes Xasthur still give us a tad bit of a chuckle, but you can't deny he really does seem to love it..."

Here's what Adams had to say about Xasthur that got all this started:

"Whoever the guy is, he's amazing. My listening tastes are absolutely not in tune with the kind of music I make. The music that interests me is a bit weirder. "Defective Epitaph" (Hydra Head) has really far-out guitars; it's not really lyrical. When I close my eyes and listen, I think of a heartbroken demon sitting beside these ashes in hell and really missing his girlfriend. It's like romantic death metal. The aggressiveness of his guitar riffs can be quite brutal. It's not for the faint of heart, but it's really clever. His flow is so authentically black metal; he knows how to make it orchestral and gothic. I don't know all the rules to metal, but he seems to kind of be above them. I think now he has a drummer — who's not technically bad, because it's speed metal, but the timing isn't exactly perfect. It comes off as charming, because you can tell what the ideas are, like indie rock. They're on top of their game."

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Xasthur Signs To Hydra Head, Sets Release Date

Hydra Head Industries and Battle Kommand Records will be releasing the latest from underground black metal band Xasthur, due out on September 12th. Xasthur (along with Leviathan, Krieg, and Nachtmystium) is an American black metal artist whose forays into lo-fi atmospherics, unique instrument and vocal textures, as well as exploratory song structures. Xasthur has previously recorder 5 full lengths and 5 split albums since their inception in 1995.

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Nortt And Xasthur Release Split

Total Holocaust Records has just spawned a split CD with Nortt and the U.S. suicidal black metal act Xasthur. The CD contains all new material from Xasthur and the "Hedengang" EP from Nortt and is striactly limited to 1000 copies. For further information on how to order go here.

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Headline News

Metalunderground's "Best Metal Album of The Year"

This year, Metalunderground.com is figuratively handing out an award of its own for "Best Metal Album of The Year." Everyone else hands out "best of year" awards or lists, so why shouldn't we? Afterall, the staff here at metalunderground.com has very diverse tastes, and we know our metal. So this year I asked each of our writers to pick their top 5 albums of 2004 and rank them form 1 to 5. What I saw was a lot of different opinions, but among the differences, two albums rose to the top.

Without further ado...[drum roll, please]...the winner of Metalunderground.com's "Best Metal Album of The Year" honor for 2004 is: More...

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Xasthur and Leviathan Split Details

Xasthur and Leviathan have collaborated on a Split LP that Profound Lore will release. This limited edition vinyl, which will include a collectable postcard, a special designed inner sleeve, and will be presented on clear transparent vinyl, will consist of completely new songs written by both artists as this release will portray some of the most twisted, hypnotic, and depressing hymns that each artist have ever committed to unleashing. To be released Nov 16th, 2004.

Here's the tracklisting: More...

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