Friday, October 1, 2010
I get a LOT of band and album recommendations and whatnot from my pal Martyn 'Doomlord' Paterson - one of my oldest friends and DEFINITELY the most METAL person I have ever met - and I have one here that I want to share with you, because I think many of you will dig it.
Xinr were a metal band from Portland, Oregon that formed in early 1983 and managed to record one full-length album before their career was cut tragically short. On November 30th 1984, vocalist Tony Saiz and guitarist Shaun Tramel were killed in a motorcycle accident, effectively ending the band. The remaining band members went on to other bands - notably Cruella - but the album was not released until late 2008.
They played a lot of basement shows before playing out live and apparently managed to gather a substantial local following, despite never having released anything during their lifetime.
In many ways, Xinr would have been just another one of those hundreds of bands that slipped through the cracks if Stormspell Records hadn't made a CD of their recordings, entitled 'Beyond Woodward', available, and I'm guessing that even then they remain pretty darned obscure. Hell, if it wasn't for Mart's mania for obscure metal, I sure as shit wouldn't have heard of 'em THAT'S for damn sure!
Now, you may have noticed from reading my last post and the attendant comments that I have no love for cheesy Heavy Metal - no spandex, feet on monitors and 'here-come-the-horses-over-the-hill' gallops for ME - and I guess, to a certain extent, Xinr fir into that category...
...there is something idefinably askew about their tunes. I can't put my finger on it, but they just seem to be slightly left-of-centre to me, and THAT is something I cannot resist. They have definite touches of Weird, Prog AND Fancy Metal in their twisty, turny tunes.
NOW, the potential cheese factor isn't the biggest obstacle that needs to be hurdled with regard to Xinr, oh no. The thing is that they are also *deep breath* christians. Hell, the name Xinr means Ex-Sinner, and the oddball lyrics ain't exactly shy about damning the devil and talking about the awesomeosity of that Jesus guy.
Now, I don't know about YOU, but I personally consider christian 'rock' and 'metal' to be both an oxymoron AND an abomination. I will have no truck with it ordinarily... but with Xinr, there is something so quirky and individualistic about the music and vocals, even I am willing to overlook the fact that they are a bunch of Gawd lovin' pussies.
I find their non-lack of faith disturbing, but, hey, judge for yourself here if you can live with their Jebus diggin' ways.
I'm off to listen to Teitanblood and Profanatica to try and get the christ-stink offa me.
Posted by The Thing That Should Not Be at 2:48 AM