Xael, based out of the Carolinas was formed in 2018. The band’s current line-up consists of Joshua Niemeyer, Daniel Presnell, Chris Hathcock (The Reticent), Brad Parris (Nile), and Joshua “Nassaru” Ward. Xael combines elements of extreme metal with orchestrations and folk music to create soundscapes of the imagination.
Xael’s music focuses on the endeavors of its members in a science fantasy epic. From the wastelands of war torn planets to the pits where the fallen gods dwell, Xael paints an odd and fantastic world musically and visually.
Xael’s latest release, Bloodtide Rising, drops on Feburary 12, 2021, via Pavement Entertainment. The album was recorded by Joshua Ward and mastered by Jamie King. All music was written by Xael, and the album features Mathieu Marcotte (Guitarist from Augury and Humanoid) and Nate Miller (Chinese Violin) as guests.
Though Xael is a new project, the members are no stranger to touring. Brad Parris, being the front man and bass player for Nile, embarks on yearly international tours. Along with Joshua Ward (who is the drum tech for George Kollias of Nile), they have toured most of Europe, Australia, India, South America, Russia, and Japan. Other members being from bands, such as Rapheumets Well and The Reticent, are all versed at national and international touring.
Sounds Like: Septic Flesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Wardruna, Nile, Cattle Decapitation, Heilung, Dimmu Borgir, Devin Townsend, Emperor, Augury