From Rush to Voivod, the science-fantasy album has long been an integral part of the heavy metal cannon; now; carrying this proud tradition into the 21st century is Xael! Make no mistake; the band will remake the metal world as it signs on to British Columbia's Test Your Metal Records. The band has made the new song "Apathy of the Immortal" available for streaming and free download above. Founded by Nassaru of Rapheumets Well/Enthean as well as Sorgiem “Daniel Presnell,” Tuurm “Alex Rush” from Enthean, and Xolotl “Fernando Ortega” and featuring various guest artists, Xael is influenced by Septic Flesh, Iron Maiden, Augury, Wardruna and Fleshgod Apocalypse. Vocalist/guitarist Nassaru describes the band's music as “a thought provoking metal journey.” Test Your Metal will be unleashing the band's music in a unique approach to debut their music in 2018:
“We will have eight songs standard and two instrumental tracks. Instead of releasing an album upfront, we want fans to share in our progress in a musical series, releasing two songs a month to allow more time for fans to appreciate the work and for us to best represent the songs in some form of art to convey the entirety of our vision…The album series is called ‘The Last Arbiter,' referring to the protagonist’s mission in the story and his pursuit of an unattainable purpose in pacifying the destructive nature of the sentient world." Nassaru adds. “It will be different and very diverse, but at its core it is extreme metal, melodies in abundance, and storytelling bard style! So I believe it will be refreshing…something different combining symphonic and folk elements with brutal metal…We want to paint a soundscape, a myriad of imaginative and diverse environments while exploring the complications of being sentient and self-aware.”
The overall summary of the album is the sky ghost, the wayfarer, the shadow of time, the exile; in which the many names he is called by yet for the Immortal, he is cursed to traverse the cosmos aimlessly, searching for an unattainable purpose. Chained to him is a beast, a demon from antiquity who the Immortal keeps as a reminder of his past.
Upon the corridors of the Tymeer capitol the Immortal presents his seemingly profound doctrine called the "Compendium of Ethical Symbiosis," which outlines a harmonious way of governing and regulating the various civilizations under the ruling regime through casting down warmonger ideologies and laws that degrade the value of its species.
Though momentarily entertained, the ruling counsel of Tymeer dismisses the wisdom of the wayfarer. Passing through the city gates tired and morally degraded, the Immortal along with his insidiously chained demon wanders into the wastelands of Tymeer. It is here that his journey begins.
Xael have equally original and grandiose ideas for their live shows as they do in their creative song writing: "This is what we are crafting as we speak. We are returning to the roots of metal; not just the music, but the visuals to accompany it. We will be representing the story live to its fullest. Let’s just say you may see some odd things from fire dancing and cultural rituals, to a spear dance and even a gladiator-style tournament!”