Kickstart your morning with six-and-a-half minutes of Australian tech death madness from Perth-based Xenobiotic. The chugging, riff-driven track is propelled by chunky, shredding guitars and powerful vocals courtesy of Sam Dishington, guitarist and vocalist for severely-underrated black metal outfit Departé.
The end result is something that probably shouldn’t work—Departé and Xeniobotic aren’t exactly similar bands—but it does, and it does it well, benefitting greatly from the atmospheric black metal influence. It’s a cut from Xenobiotic’s upcoming album Mordrake, which is slated for a late-Februrary release via tech death staple label Unique Leader.
“We are proud to present ‘Saphris,’ the second chapter of a three part narrative project for our sophomore album Mordrake,” Xeniobiotic tell Decibel. “Featuring our good friend Sam Dishington (Departé/Writhe/Separatist) on vocals, we took our approach to death metal and mixed in a soaring sense of melody and dense, atmospheric sonic architecture. Saphris showcases our rawest and most exposed fears, through a story of a man losing all hope.”