XENO Talk Debut Album “Atlas Construct,” Scene & More

Dutch metallers Xeno are a new name on the scene, bringing an interesting mix of death, progressive and groove metal with their debut album Atlas Construct. In a new interview for Rocking Charts, the band tells us about this eight-track release.

Hey folks. How are you doing?

Hiya! Doing great here, thank you. Hope you’re doing fine as well.

You released Atlas Construct recently. How do you feel about the release?

It was fun! We had a nice little album release party in our hometown, which was positively received by press and audience alike. We’ve been playing some shows since then. Until now we’ve had some very good (and helpful) responses, which is always nice.

How much of a challenge was to work on the album?

This was our first album, and we were still wet behind the ears regarding recording stuff. This meant we had some setbacks now and then like clipping tracks, detuned guitars and BPM’s flying all over the place. Fortunately we overcame these things with some help here and there, and made our wishes into reality: Atlas Construct was born.

Xeno - Atlas Construct

What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from the Netherlands are you friends with?

We played with a lot of bands up to now. To name a few bands we’re friendly with would be Hibakusha, who just put out a nice videoclip, check that shit out. And Purest of Pain who are recording a new album at the moment, from what we’ve heard until now it’s gonna be a good one.

What is your opinion about the current metal scene?

It’s a bit oversaturated maybe. There are so many killer bands right now! To name a current phenomenon, we like this new modern metal movement in which bands incorporate a lot of different styles. ‘New’ bands like The Ocean for example. Those guys are gonna go big in a few years, we’re gonna see it happen.

Can you tell me something about your influences?

We have a lot of different influences. They range from things we encounter in daily life to music we listen to or games we play. You could say we are like thinking sponges, soaking up stuff from all around us. Not weird, definitely not weird.

What are you listening to these days?

Well, everyone in the band likes other stuff. Some like the old school Machine Head kinda stuff, others love powermetal, some like jazz and some like black metal. The new Meshuggah album is pretty dope, though.

Your 5 favourite records of all the time?

By the gods, why are you making us choose…

Alltime favorites are probably:

Textures – Silhouettes
Xerath – I
Lamb of God – Sacrament
Meshuggah – ObZen
The Ocean – Pelagial

Photo credit: Mojekieke Ben Willemsen
Photo credit: Mojekieke Ben Willemsen

Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record Atlas Construct?

If we did, we would have to kill you haha.. But yeah sure, we’ll come clean. We used Cubase and some other program that looks just like it but doesn’t crash all the time (f’ing Cubase..) for recording everything. This was done through a digital audio interface from Focusrite. Our guitar players use an ESP Horizon and Jackson RR3 respectively. Our drummer uses a Tama Starclassic Performer with Amedia cymbals, but for the album we used programmed drums. Our bassplayer uses a Cort bass and our singer uses M-Audio for keys and a custom mic for vocals.

Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?

We plan to play as much shows as possible, in our own country or neighbouring ones. We’ve also got plans to make an EP after a little while, but we’re still in the writing phase for that one.

Any words for the potential new fans?

Thanks for your time to read this nifty interview and thanks to Rocking Charts for their interest in us. Our record is digitally and physically available on Bandcamp, do with it what you will. Oh, and most importantly don’t forget to support your local scene, we’d hate to see bands with potential perish!

Get a copy of Xeno’s debut album Atlas Construct on Bandcamp, and follow the band on Facebook for future updates.