Xerath were a pretty awesome interesting band over the course of three albums. We say “were” because as of today, the band have broken up. Unlike most symphonic metal bands, they weren’t cheesy. At no point in any time were you in danger of hearing a lute. They were more like Dream Theater and Devin Townsend combined, always very heavy, and sometimes djenty. They described themselves as “orchestral groove metal,” but that’s simplifying what they did.
What’s fortunate is that they UK band have given everyone a parting gift – one last song. “Regrets” is a proggy song, and at 8 1/2 minutes, one of the more adventurous of their career. Here’s the statement from the band’s Facebook page.
ANNOUNCEMENT. It is with extremely heavy hearts that we formally announce Xerath has come to an end. There are many reasons we came to this decision but ultimately it is down to creative differences within the band. Xerath has been a huge part of our lives over the last 9 years, and the time has come to move on to other creative ventures.
“Of course we would firstly like to thank our passionate fans for believing in what we did. We’re sorry we were not able to visit many of you during our touring cycles, but similarly to a lot of bands the oppourtunities never arose despite our best efforts. We would also like to thank the metal press for the great reviews and features you gave us since our very first interview in Kerrang! back in 2009, and not forgetting the publications that continued to hate on our music which only served to spur us on further.
“Special thanks to those close to Xerath personally who encouraged and helped us grow as a band over our 9 year existence. We couldn’t have survived this long without you.
“So this is farewell from Xerath but we all continue to pursue different musical projects and endeavours which
“We will keep you updated with. As a parting gift, we present the song ‘Regret,’ our last recording together as a band. Please enjoy and thank you all once again.”
Here’s hoping the band’s member resurface in other bands that take their influence and run with it.