X-TINXION - SEVERED FROM HEAVEN
Review by Nathan McLeod
In March 2015, Dordrecht, Netherlands 'female-fronted' thrash metal artist 'X-Tinxion' released a 3-track EP entitled 'Severed From Heaven'. Self-released as a 'promotional' digi-pack CD, a preview to an upcoming full-length 'X-Tinxion' CD. Not sure if the 'less is more' approach was their intention? IMO, they didn't have to! Enough cannot be said that already has been regarding 'Monica Jannsen's' very agile-vast-wide range of vocals. They're simply amazing & brilliant, truly talented & gifted! Very hard to make a comparison to Monica's vocal style or style(s), as for I believe other 'female-fronted' bands will be compared to Monica's vast vocal ability. If I had to hint, first thing coming to mind type scenario, that would be of Sentinel Beast's 'Debbie Gunn'.
X-Tinxion's style of thrash metal is very 'melodic', even go as far as saying 'methodic'. The production of 'Severed From Heaven' is very crisp, clean, & precise. Extremely professional, structured very nicely. The tempo is a bit slow starting off with the title track, but does pick up, picks up it's intensity into 'The Divine', & moreso with 'Narrow Path". Left me as a 'listener' with the feeling of "where's the rest?" & "I want more". The lyrics & music were 'exceptionally' written. I hear various styles & influences in X-Tinxion. Remembrances of the James Murphy era with Testament. Conrad, Sepp, Haico, & Peter ALL have done an excellent job as musicians thus far on 'Severed To Heaven'. Very tight & well orchestrated!
With the additional vocals by George Oosthoek on 'The Divine', fits very well, blends right in unison alongside Monica's.None the less, I feel the 'less is more' approach was achieved, which is not an 'easy' accomplishment. Cannot wait to hear 'X-Tinxion's' debut full-length CD. Keep up the 'impressive' work. So far I'd say there's nothing lacking with 'Severed To Heaven'. I do though hope with 'X-Tinxion's' upcoming CD it does keep packing more of a punch after punch, track after track?
A recent live clip of 'Narrow Path' can seen on 'X-Tinxion's' YouTube channel. Crushing! Lastly, a CD review of 'X-Tinxion - Act The Injured Innocent' can be read right here from 'Metal To Infinity' official homepage: http://www.metaltoinfinity.be/CDREVIEWS_2014/Xtinxion_Acttheinjuredinnocent.html
My rating: 84 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish
Monica Janssen : Vocals
Conrad Hultermans : Guitar
Sepp Coeck : Guitar
Haico van Oosten : Bass guitar
Peter van Toren : Drums
'Severed From Heaven' track info:
1) Severed From Heaven, 2) The Divine, 3) Narrow Path; total run-time 16:07.
Produced & mixed by Serge Naberman at Claim To Faim Studios - Waddinxveen, Netherlands. Mastered by Haico van Oosten at Casette Culture Studios - Nieuwerkerk aan den Ijssel, Netherlands. Cover art by Sepp Coeck.
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