North Carolina sci-fi metal act Xael teamed up with Toilet Ov Hell for he premiere of the video clip for the new single "Srai (The Demon Of Erring)." Check it out at this location, or just simply in the player just above. The song appears on the new album "The Last Arbiter," coming May 18th via Test Your Metal Records. Check out the video clip for the album's title track in the player above. Pre-order the album over here.
Nassaru (lead vocalist, guitarist, studio drummer) explains the video's story: “Srai is poetically seen as a demon, but is a captured ancient entity that has a dismal past with the protagonist being that there is lore that predates this album's story line. In an attempt to kill the main character, it was captured and bound by technology using a quantum field. It hungers to kill the wayfarer, but being immortal makes that difficult as one can presume. But there is a problem with the wayfarer's immortality as he suffers from an odd illness poetically called "soul sickness", where he loses consciousness and it is during this episode that his immortality is suppressed. Srai seizes this moment to sit upon the wayfarer's chest to steal his last breath. In this song you can see the relationship with "sleep paralysis" and how it ties into the lore."
Combining elements of extreme metal with orchestrations and folk music to create soundscapes for the imagination, the sci-fi inspired band's music focuses on the endeavors of its members in a science fantasy epic. From the wastelands of war torn planets to the pits where the fallen gods dwell, XAEL paints an odd and fantastic world musically and visually. The band was founded by Nassaru of Rapheumets Well as well as Sorgiem “Daniel Presnell,” Tuurm “Alex Rush”, and Xolotl “Fernando Ortega and is joined by musical artist is Rei Haycraft, Firran “Joshua Morse” and Zabrûz “Chris Hathcock.”
“The Last Arbiter” album concept summary is as follows: The sky ghost, the wayfarer, the shadow of time, the exile; he is called by many names 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 which 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.
The track listing and artwork can be found here:
1. The Last Arbiter (see video here) 2. Srai "The Demon of Erring" 3. The Wayfarer of Tymeer 4. Watchers of Xan 6. Apathy of The Immortal (see video clip here) 6. I Am Pestilence 7. In The Hollows of Pathos 8. Secrets of The Third Tribe 9. Harvesting The Elders Genome