Xentrix (GBR)

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Xentrix (GBR)

Príspevokod užívateľa Horex » 21 Feb 2017, 14:22

Xentrix - Scourge (1996) (Digipak Edition 2016)

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Year : 1996 (Digipak Edition 2016)
Style : Thrash Metal
Country : United Kingdom
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 110 mb


Bio:

Formed in 1988, British thrashers Xentrix (pronounced "Zen-tricks") began their careers by playing metal covers before focusing all of their efforts on coming up with original material.Initially known as Sweet Vengeance (they recorded an unreleased four-song demo under that name and sent it out to labels and magazines), guitarist/vocalist Chris Astley, guitarist Kristian Havard, drummer Dennis Gasser and bassist Paul Mackenzie created enough of a stir through their live performances that the English branch of Roadrunner Records took notice and signed the group in January 1989.The band's debut album, Shattered Existence, produced by John Cuniberti, was released later that year to an overwhelming press response in England, where Xentrix were hailed as heroes. A bunch of scattered live performances followed with the band embarking on their first headlining UK tour in May 1990.To coincide with the tour, the quartet issued a brand new three-song EP featuring a cover of Ray Parker Jr's "Ghostbusters", scoring some controversy because of the Ghostbusters logo on their EP. The success of this EP led to the recording of the band's second LP for Roadrunner, which, issued in late 1990 under the title For Whose Advantage?.Immediately following the album's release, the band hit the touring trail again, this time venturing over to Europe for the first time as support to label mates Annihilator. Later, Xentrix entered Loco Studios in South Wales to record two brand new tracks, "Pure Thought" and "Shadows Of Doubt", which were later released in EP form along with three live numbers recorded in their hometown in 1991. At the end, the band recorded a three-track demo in 1995 with Chris on vocals, and then shortly after he left the band.

Album:

Scourge is the fourth studio album by British thrash metal band Xentrix. It was released sometime during 1996 through Heavy Metal Records.It is the only album to feature vocalist Simon Gordon and guitarist Andy Rudd.These guys have been gone now, for almost as long as they were around. None of the members to my knowledge have resurfaced in any other groups on any musical collaborations. And thats too bad because these guys were a better than average thrash band. This particular metal offering, known to us as "Scourge" is a great thrash album with lots of chunking guitars...origional sounding vocals and amazing sounding kick drums. All the songs on this album are good to great...the only problem with this album is there is not much of a tempo change. Seriously it almost sounds like this entire album was written without a drummer and only a metornome and a guitar. Yes there are a few double time beats on certain bridge parts to some songs...but overall there is no real double bass asskicking "False Ideals" type songs on this one. That being said though...this album is still a great metal offering and their really isn't much compromise in reference to the thrash metal roots...I recommend this album to anyone who likes the following songs...(you can figure out the artists) Long time dyin', The small hours, 5 minutes alone, Heathen's song...and stuff like that. I dig it and i think that its worth owning!

Line Up:

Simon Gordon - Vocals
Kristian "Stan" Havard - Guitars (1985-1997), Guitars (lead) (2006, 2013-present) - See also: Hellfighter
Andy Rudd - Guitars
Paul "Macka" MacKenzie - Bass
Dennis Gasser - Drums (1986-1997, 2006, 2013-present) - See also: Hellfighter

Production:

Mark Freshney -Cover art
Mark Stuart - Producer, Engineering, Mixing
Huw Lloyd-Jones - Cover art
Martin Talbot - Band Photos

Tracklist:

01. 13 Years 06:01
02. Scourge 05:21
03. Incite 03:22
04. Caught You Living 03:41
05. Strength of Persuasion 06:07
06. Never Be 04:26
07. The Hand That Feeds Itself 05:06
08. Blood Nation 06:59
09. Creed 04:45
10. Breathe 06:46


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Re: Xentrix (GBR)

Príspevokod užívateľa Horex » 23 Jan 2023, 07:58

Xentrix - Bury The Pain (Japan Edition) (2019)

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Year : 2019
Style : Thrash Metal
Country : United Kingdom
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 110 mb


Bio:

Formed in 1988, British thrashers Xentrix (pronounced "Zen-tricks") began their careers by playing metal covers before focusing all of their efforts on coming up with original material.Initially known as Sweet Vengeance (they recorded an unreleased four-song demo under that name and sent it out to labels and magazines), guitarist/vocalist Chris Astley, guitarist Kristian Havard, drummer Dennis Gasser and bassist Paul Mackenzie created enough of a stir through their live performances that the English branch of Roadrunner Records took notice and signed the group in January 1989.The band's debut album, Shattered Existence, produced by John Cuniberti, was released later that year to an overwhelming press response in England, where Xentrix were hailed as heroes. A bunch of scattered live performances followed with the band embarking on their first headlining UK tour in May 1990.To coincide with the tour, the quartet issued a brand new three-song EP featuring a cover of Ray Parker Jr's "Ghostbusters", scoring some controversy because of the Ghostbusters logo on their EP. The success of this EP led to the recording of the band's second LP for Roadrunner, which, issued in late 1990 under the title For Whose Advantage?.Immediately following the album's release, the band hit the touring trail again, this time venturing over to Europe for the first time as support to label mates Annihilator. Later, Xentrix entered Loco Studios in South Wales to record two brand new tracks, "Pure Thought" and "Shadows Of Doubt", which were later released in EP form along with three live numbers recorded in their hometown in 1991. At the end, the band recorded a three-track demo in 1995 with Chris on vocals, and then shortly after he left the band.

Album:

While a bunch of bigger names in thrash metal have records being released in the next year or so, one of the forgotten bands have resurfaced after two decades of nearly complete silence. Xentrix's last release, Scourge, was released in 1996(!) and left a bad taste in the mouth of many metalheads. To be fair, it was a time that saw very few thrash bands thrive. They had to try to stay relevant by making an underwhelming groove metal release which, unfortunately, was their only option.But that was 23 years ago. Xentrix is back with the album that the band needed to release. Had the grunge and groove metal eras not take over, this is the album that should have followed For Whose Advantage?, which is largely considered to be their best release, or Kin, their attempt at accessible heavy metal.Bury the Pain, as aforementioned, is the full thrash release needed for the band, and it's not some half-arsed attempt at a comeback. It borders the heaviness of Xentrix's debut, Shattered Existence. The replicated heaviness takes on a fresh twist thanks to the anger of new vocalist Jay Walsh. Walsh's voice is somewhat similar to the classic Xentrix vocalist, Chris Astley, so fans of Astley's vocals will undoubtedly enjoy Walsh's contribution. He brings a great vocal performance, but with a slight flaw. There is very little variation in his vocal style and vocal flow. You can hear this on the first two songs where the verses sound melodically similar. Once again more experimentation and variation is the key here, but the vocals do more than just suffice.Behind the vocals is a pretty tight sounding rhythm section. The guitar work from longtime member Kristian Havard is exciting, especially on "Bury the Pain", "Bleeding Out", and "The Red Mist Descends". Havard includes acoustic intros on "The Truth Lies Buried" and "The One You Fear" which add nice touches to these songs. On top of that, the band overall sounds pretty tight. Once again, there could've been more variation between riffs on this record, but to be fair, they are well written so overall I wouldn't complain.Some highlights on this album include the choruses of "Bury the Pain" and "There Will Be Consequences", which will leave the listener wanting to sing along whilst banging their head to the heavy chords. This carries into the choruses of "The One You Fear" and "Deathless and Divine". Some of the best riffs can be heard on "World of Mouth", specifically the riff after the chorus and the bridge riff leading into the solo (which is also pretty sweet). Lyrically speaking, "World of Mouth" is one of Xentrix's best written songs.This is undoubtedly one of Xentrix's better releases. The riffs are heavy, and the new vocalist is great. At the time I am writing this review, Bury The Pain is my favourite release of 2019. Hopefully we don't have to wait another 23 years for the next Xentrix record.Fioridz's favourites: "Bury the Pain", "World of Mouth", "The One You Fear"

Line Up:

Jay Walsh - Vocals, Guitars (2017-present) - See also: Bull-Riff Stampede, ex-Fourwaykill, ex-Zarcoma, ex-Blaze Bayley
Kristian "Stan" Havard - Guitars (lead) (1988-1997, 2005-2006, 2013-present) - See also: ex-Hellfighter, ex-Sweet Vengeance
Chris Shires - Bass (2013-present) - See also: Gone til Winter, ex-Hellfighter
Dennis Gasser - Drums (1988-1997, 2005-2006, 2013-present) - See also: ex-Hellfighter, ex-Sweet Vengeance

production:

Mixed: Andy Sneap
Mastered: Russ Russel
Recorded at Viscon Studio, Lancashire, UK
Drums Recorded at Backstage, Derbyshire, UK
Track 10 Recorded: Jaime Gomez Arrelano at Orgone Studios
Cover Art and Layout: Dan Goldsworthy
Photos: Martin Talbot, Phil Lokheart & Will Tudor

Tracklist:

01. Bury The Pain
02. There Will Be Consequences
03. Bleeding Out
04. The Truth Lies Buried
05. Let The World Burn
06. The Red Mist Descends
07. World Of Mouth
08. Deathless And Divine
09. The One You Fear
10. Evil By Design
11. Under The Blade (Twisted Sister Cover) (Bonus Track)


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Re: Xentrix (GBR)

Príspevokod užívateľa Horex » 23 Jan 2023, 08:00

Xentrix - Seven Words (Limited Edition) (2022)

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Year : 2022
Style : Thrash Metal
Country : United Kingdom
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 118 mb


Bio:

Formed in 1988, British thrashers Xentrix (pronounced "Zen-tricks") began their careers by playing metal covers before focusing all of their efforts on coming up with original material.Initially known as Sweet Vengeance (they recorded an unreleased four-song demo under that name and sent it out to labels and magazines), guitarist/vocalist Chris Astley, guitarist Kristian Havard, drummer Dennis Gasser and bassist Paul Mackenzie created enough of a stir through their live performances that the English branch of Roadrunner Records took notice and signed the group in January 1989.The band's debut album, Shattered Existence, produced by John Cuniberti, was released later that year to an overwhelming press response in England, where Xentrix were hailed as heroes. A bunch of scattered live performances followed with the band embarking on their first headlining UK tour in May 1990.To coincide with the tour, the quartet issued a brand new three-song EP featuring a cover of Ray Parker Jr's "Ghostbusters", scoring some controversy because of the Ghostbusters logo on their EP. The success of this EP led to the recording of the band's second LP for Roadrunner, which, issued in late 1990 under the title For Whose Advantage?.Immediately following the album's release, the band hit the touring trail again, this time venturing over to Europe for the first time as support to label mates Annihilator. Later, Xentrix entered Loco Studios in South Wales to record two brand new tracks, "Pure Thought" and "Shadows Of Doubt", which were later released in EP form along with three live numbers recorded in their hometown in 1991. At the end, the band recorded a three-track demo in 1995 with Chris on vocals, and then shortly after he left the band.

Album:

Not many thrash metal bands from the eighties can claim they release their best work in the twenty-first century. Plenty of them released “best since” albums, which often lack what made the bands in question special in their heyday. Xentrix appears to be one of the exceptions to that rule. After the solid, but unspectacular 2019 comeback album ‘Bury The Pain’, ‘Seven Words’ is actually every bit as good as their 1990 semi-classic ‘For Whose Advantage?’. Somehow, Xentrix’ fairly traditional thrash metal sound manages to translate to this century very well without needing modern shenaningans like extreme metal leanings or predictable breakdowns.What might be the biggest advantage of ‘Seven Words’ is that Xentrix sounds like themselves again. ‘Bury The Pain’ felt like it was trying to be contemporary Exodus or modern Onslaught at times. This time, only Andy Sneap’s production job gives away that more than three decades have passed since the first two albums. For those unfamiliar with Xentrix: imagine a more intelligent Testament of maybe Metallica’s recent work with better self-editing skills and a much tighter drummer. Current frontman Jay Walsh has a voice that is remarkably similar to that of his predecessor Chris Astley, but it’s the songwriting that makes ‘Seven Words’ comparable to Xentrix’ early work.Mid-tempo is one thing Xentrix does much better than most of their peers. Xentrix were never speed monsters, but contrary to many thrash metal bands, their mid-tempo songs hardly ever make you wonder when they will be over. There is always a small songwriting twist to keep the listeners on the edges of their seats, such as the sudden melodic depth of the chorus of ‘Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead’, the sublime guitar harmonies of ‘Spit Coin’ or that nifty chord progression in the chorus of ‘My War’. Moreover, drummer Dennis Gasser is exceptional when it comes to adding dynamics to mid-tempo thrashers.Having said that, the uptempo material is where ‘Seven Words’ shines the most. The title track is a fantastically energetic thrasher with excellent guitar harmonies, while ‘Ghost Tape Number 10’ is a dynamic late-eighties thrasher with a modern bite. Furthermore, ‘Seven Words’ is bookended by two fantastic, relatively epic tracks. Closer ‘Anything But The Truth’ slowly builds from a dramatic intro to a collection of uncomplicated, but brutally effective thrash riffs. In addition, it subverts compositional expectations really well multiple times. ‘Behind The Walls Of Treachery’ opens the album effectively with a hyper-melodic intro, followed by a measured thrasher that cunningly plays around with its time feel.Like many contemporary thrash albums, it would be fair to say that ‘Seven Words’ would have benefited from being one or two songs shorter. To its credit, however, I would have a hard time picking which songs that would be. ‘Seven Words’ is a powerful, remarkably consistent thrash metal album. Not unlike their classic work, it’s thinking man’s thrash metal without becoming too progressive or needlessly clever. It may not be the album one would put on for relentless moshing, but if it’s dynamic thrash metal with fantastic guitar work you need, Walsh and founding guitarist Kristian ‘Stan’ Havard have got you covered.Recommended tracks: ‘Seven Words’, ‘Spit Coin’, ‘Behind The Walls Of Treachery’, ‘Ghost Tape Number 10’

Line Up:

Jay Walsh - Vocals, Guitars (2017-present) - See also: Bull-Riff Stampede, ex-Fourwaykill, ex-Zarcoma, ex-Blaze Bayley
Kristian "Stan" Havard - Guitars (lead) (1988-1997, 2005-2006, 2013-present) - See also: ex-Hellfighter, ex-Sweet Vengeance
Chris Shires - Bass (2013-present) - See also: Gone til Winter, ex-Hellfighter
Dennis Gasser - Drums (1988-1997, 2005-2006, 2013-present) - See also: ex-Hellfighter, ex-Sweet Vengeance

production:

Artwork, Layout – Dan Goldsworthy
Booking [Booking Agent At] – K2 Agency*
Booking [Booking Agent] – Sharon Richardson
Mixed By, Mastered By – Andy Sneap
Photography By – Graham Finney
Photography By [Live Photography By] – Nicholas Bervanage
Songwriter [Songs Written By] – Shires* (tracks: 1 to 10), Gasser* (tracks: 1 to 10), Walsh* (tracks: 1 to 10), Havard* (tracks: 1 to 10)

Tracklist:

01. Behind the Walls of Treachery 06:05
02. Seven Words 03:57
03. Spit Coin 04:11
04. The Alter of Nothing 04:00
05. Everybody Loves You When You're Dead 05:09
06. Reckless with a Smile 04:09
07. Ghost Tape Number 10 04:23
08. My War 04:39
09. Kill and Protect 04:56
10. Anything but the Truth 05:19
11. Billion Dollar Babies (Alice Cooper cover) 02:59 (Bonus Track)


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