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'Extinction Necromance'
(Self Release)

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Jools Green


Blackened death Metal quintet XUL from Vernon in British Columbia, Canada, may follow in the footsteps of bands like Behemoth, Dissection, and Immortal and you will catch reminiscent snippets of these Metal giants influencing their sound, but overall they follow their own unique path in true innovative Canadian style.

Their latest four track EP, 'Extinction Necromance', spanning thirty minutes, is an energetic offering packed with crushing rhythms that morph into atmospheric passages, accompanied by waves of pummelling percussion and vicious vitriolic vocals all with an underlying aura of malevolence.

It follows in the same footsteps as their 2012 full length 'Malignance', but this time around with a slightly cleaner production, a little more of a technical and less thrashy edge to the guitar work and even more venom to the vocals.

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All four tracks are quite lengthy, longer than anything on their previously mentioned full length release so acres more scope for XUL to get adventurous.

Opening with 'Frozen, We Drown', a doom tinged, sinister opener followed by a pulsating build but with a sudden tempo rise that catches you completely off guard, straight into rasping vocals alongside high speed, slightly technical riffing, then two minutes in, the pace halts and plummets becoming dark and reflective, building again with the pulsating riffs and back into the fast as hell complex riffing with several more tempo and direction switches before the close, closing on the doom edged mood that it opened on. A varied track that keeps you fascinated end to end.

'Orbit Of Nemesis' opens on an orchestrated element that does put you in mind of Dimmu Borgir but the minute the riffing begins the similarity ends, another track rammed full with intense riffing, overlaid with chunks of shrill lead work and a great closing mini solo.


The shortest track at five and a half minutes, compared to the other three, seven minute plus marathons, 'Chaos Requiem' is a surprise, opening in a slower very reflective manner. This doesn't last long, with the pace suddenly ramping up to full speed, garnished with swathes of vitriolic vocals, continuing and switching between these two paces and moods regularly and at times with some great lead work thrown into the mix. I really like this track, the slightly less complex construction works superbly.

Final offering 'Summon The Swarm', after a brief reflective guitar opener overlaid by a curious sound bite, arrives like a dark storm, fast blackened riffing and vitriolic vocals, the pace changing two minutes in to pulsating riffs that get your head nodding with approval and delight, followed by some soaring riffing that heralds a rise in tempo, the riffs expanding out into some great lead work and with superbly varied riff patterns continuing to the close, tailing off slightly to a slower more reflective pace but with the vitriolic vocals continuing to the close.

'Extinction Necromance' was produced, mixed and mastered by Jeff Bryan and the album artwork is by Remy C of Headsplit Design. There is no video but you can listen and buy at which I highly recommend you do. This EP is well worth hearing; it's a unique, intriguing and intense listen and a worthy follow up to 'Malignance'.

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