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IXXI

From: Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest IXXI News

Below is our complete IXXI 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.

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Unearthing The Non-Traditional Black Metal Scene

Record sales may be dropping and labels may be on the verge of extinction, but the underground metal scene is still a thriving and vibrant place where musical innovation continues to occur. Every Monday we dig deep into the underground to unearth three bands you may not have had the chance to check out yet, but which deserve to be heard.

It’s no secret I dig bands that mix it up and don’t stick to one straight style, having previously unearthed avant-garde bands, a handful of genre flip-floppers, metal outfits that experiment with non-traditional sounds, and those bands that just plain ignore musical trends.

Today you’ll get another dose of heavy music that doesn’t play by the normal genre rules. These three bands may all technically be black metal, but they push that definition to its limits and sometimes even well beyond!

Todtgelichter

This German act is currently with Code666 records, which is a smaller label in the grand scheme of things, but it still has some very solid underground acts known for combining sub-genres and mixing up their sounds.

Todtgelichter has four full-length releases under its belt, having just dropped new album “Apnoe” this year (reviewed here). “Apnoe” is definitely less raucous and battering than previous releases, occasionally dropping out the black metal altogether, just to bring it back in at unexpected times to barrel over an unsuspecting audience. The harsh vocals are present but take a back seat to clean male and female singing, accompanied by atmospheric and calm parts that give off a modern-era Anathema vibe.

Keep up with the latest on Todtgetlichter at Facebook and be sure to check out a track from the current album and its predecessor “Angst” below.

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IXXI Releases New Album "Elect Darkness"

Swedish black metal band IXXI have announced that they have finished the recording for their new album "Elect Darkness" and that it is now available world wide through Candlelight Records.

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IXXI Signs with Candlelight Records

Swedish black metallers IXXI have inked a deal with Candlelight Records.

IXXI was formed early 2006, in Stockholm. Some pre-recordings where made and in July 2006 the band entered Endarker Studio to record the first self-titled album. In October a video for the track "Ancient Spirits Are" was recorded. In June 2007, almost a year after the recording of the self-titled album, it was finally released by Total Holocaust Records. The very same month, June 2007, IXXI entered Endarker studio once again to record the second opus "Assorted Armament". Selin left the band prior to the recording and was replaced by Smoker but did make a guest appearance on the track "Armageddon Nobility". The CD was released in December 2007 by Sigilla Malae.

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