As the band’s third studio LP, Devour and Birth makes for a high intensity ride of technical death metal. Incorporating a variety of elements from thrash, groove, old-school, and melodic death metal, Xenosis offer a progressive treat with this new record. The material is electrifying, keeping the momentum of the record at a primarily consistent high, offering work that is both enjoyable, while keeping the technical elements interesting.
Album opener “Night Hag” has the instrumentation shifting about, playing out in one flow, to abruptly cutting that setting off into a different path. The song also kicks off this huge sci-fi horror vibe that plays throughout the entire album. Not even halfway into the track does it unleash this annihilating drill of guitar shredding and blast beats, to then taking a jump into a funkier flow. These sorts of transitions become common throughout the rest of the album, and help to keep listeners engaged. “Army of Darkness” starts with an all-out beat down in the drum work. The guitar tone goes from low and sinister, to emitting these radiant waves, the latter creating this spacey atmosphere alongside the other instrumentals. The track uses a strong balance of these two styles, allowing them both to have equal share of the work, offering their own qualities. “Delirium (Death of a God)” has a great dark presence in its instrumentation. Towards the beginning, everything comes together in this brutal frenzy to present this creepy evil aura. The drums grind forward in devastating fashion, all before the guitars lift into this airy ominous flow that blossoms as it progresses. The vocals provide a haunting presence to the mix, adding a layer to the sci-fi horror vibe.
The technical elements found within Devour and Birth aren’t the most profound techniques one will find in death metal; more importantly is how Xenosis use their technical abilities to bring a sense of individuality into each of the tracks. There’s a lot going on here within all the instruments, whether it’s the guitar’s use in various tones, or how the drums continue to play with tempo and structure, that keep the material consistently shifting.
From the beginning, the self-titled track rushes away on a hectic rhythm. Drums blasting away as the guitar and bass fly off the rails. It packs this riveting momentum, with the latter portion of the song taking a step back to offer this powerful guitar solo. “The Projector” immediately comes in with this brutal presence, the instrumentation grinding away in this dark rhythm. For the most part the material keeps to this structure, shifting slightly from time to time. Overall, it makes for a stellar presence in all-out heavy death metal that continues to pummel its listener with creepy shades of instrumentation.
Xenosis’Devour and Birth is an entertaining collection of death metal that will keep listener’s happy from beginning to end. The sci-fi atmosphere, along with the interesting technical aspects in the song writing, keep to an ever rising excitement and adrenaline in the work. As the band’s third studio record, it’s a work that clearly shows how the band continue to tighten their craft, and evolve their sound.