Xoth – Interdimensional Invocations Review

O Ancient Ones! We beseech you! Our devout haruspex has lain entrails in the sigil as commanded in the Holy Texts! Our hearts and minds we offer toward the burning binary stars of Xoth! Send forth Shuma-Gorath, that we may submit to its will!

[The sky grows dark with vermilion clouds. The holy melting monks bow their hooded heads in humility. Vapor overhead condenses and begins to boil, the atmosphere opening above the faithful. The haruspex falls to his knees in supplication. Tentacles reach forward, some with glowing orbs, some with razor sharp mouths, some as grasping gnarled fingers, all with their own chaotic agenda on Earth.]

Before we dive into the music, please tip your cap to Mark Richards for some fantastic cover art. While that image could have easily inspired a concept album, Xoth keep it loose and fun on Interdimensional Invocations. We explore an apocalyptic reset to primitive states in “Back to the Jungle,” pay homage to Irish and Egyptian deities “Haruspex” and “The Ghost Hand of God,” and mourn the loss of a protagonist’s face as he floats through space in “Melted Face of the Soul.” If you loved 3 Inches of Blood’s fantasy tales but wish they were inspired by John Carpenter’s The Thing and Lovecraftian horrors, then Xoth is here for your oddly specific request.

Release Date: October 18, 2019. Label: Independent.
Xoth bring forth 8 tracks in sacrifice, with no filler or wasted riff. “Casting the Sigil” opens with a speedy, squealing call to arms, and the band continues to kick ass for just under 40 minutes. Seriously though, if that opener doesn’t hit you right in the jellies, then just pack up and go home. Their biomechanical logo fittingly suggests a technical death metal shell, bursting forth with tentacled thrash. Think Decrepit Birth’s technical hooks crossed with Vektor’s sci-fi obsessed songs. Guitarists Tyler Sturgill and Woody Adler don white coats and oversized safety goggles to conjure mad scientist leads with ease.

Produced and engineered by the band, Interdimensional Invocations has a mechanical sheen that gives the guitars an electric bite while still allows Ben Bennett’s bass to bubble up organically through the insanity. He even gets a righteous solo at the close of “Mountain Machines.” Everyone but (very excellent and appropriately named) drummer Jeremy Salvo takes a turn on vocals, and the variety of growls, rasps, and pitch-shifted demonic spoken sections helps give a personality to these songs. If you’re going to launch yourself through wormholes, you might as well take cue from Xoth and frolic all the while.

Xoth even managed to put a smile on our professional curmudgeon’s face when he heard Invasion of the Tentacube in 2016, and Interdimensional Invocations continues to spread their joyous gospel of sci-fi in an even stronger package.

Xoth recreates their 2018 single “Plague Revival” as “Plague Revival 20XX,” and hot damn, the resurrected revival rips and tears with a ferocity that instills fear for further refinement. Pull up the original’s cover art and wait for the unholy screams at 4:37 of the remake and experience cheesy perfection.

In this age of easy distribution, and promotion for those willing to wade into social media cesspools, it may not matter that a band remains unsigned. Xoth post play-throughs and teasers on Facebook, have a portal on bandcamp to sell truly rad merch and all their recordings, and seem to be having a blast in the process. Get out there and support some technical blackened death thrash weirdos, and turn Interdimensional Invocations to 11.

Posted by Old Guard

The retired elite of LastRites/MetalReview.

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