Interdimensional Invocations with Tyler Sturgill
Since their debut in 2014, Seattle’s Xoth has continually spewed its unique brand of extreme metal upon unsuspecting listeners to great pleasure and critical acclaim. Appearing on festivals including Northwest Terror Fest and sharing the stage with bands including Voivod, Napalm Death, and Marduk, Xoth has consistently turned heads and expanded its cult-like following throughout the West Coast and beyond. With the release of their second full-length, Interdimensional Invocations, Xoth reveals a fully mature sound and a vivid imagination that is oddly familiar and refreshingly original at the same time. Shredding dual guitars, pummeling drums, speed chopper bass, and diverse vocals all dance together in disgusting harmony with magnificent mixing by Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studios (Obituary, Suffocation), and masterful mastering by Julian Silva (On Air Mastering). If you’re looking for the perfect soundtrack to a once-futuristic dystopia that is quickly becoming an inevitable reality, look no further.
‘Interdimensional Invocations’ was the product of three years of work. We always end up throwing away more music than we write. The compositions start at home, and then we work out the songs as a band. We spend a lot of time rearranging, trying out different parts together, trashing parts, and trying out each other’s ideas. It can be both fun and painful.
We record an album when we have eight songs finished that we are all happy about. No more, no less. I start by conjuring up some images and themes in my head, and then I let those drive the music that starts coming out. If done correctly, I can’t even recall how I came up with music in the first place. Some would call this connecting with your muse or reaching a flow state, something along those lines. It is all the same thing to me.
Every human being wants to know where they came from. We are all going to die and want to figure it all out before that happens. Obviously, many have found their answers in religion, science, new age-y stuff, etc. Personally, I want to stay away from any sort of dogma and spend my life learning and contemplating the endless possibilities of the universe. I won’t settle on one idea. I think you start to rot away from the inside out when your beliefs become stagnant.
I started to really get into music around 1999. I would come home from school, put on MTV, and watch for hours. It started with mainstream nu-metal music, and then I got into punk rock and started going to Warped Tour and shows like that. The first metal album that really screwed me up was GWAR’s ‘Scumdogs of the Universe.’. I was 12 years old when I discovered them through the Beavis and Butthead game on Sega Genesis. Soon after that, my guitar teacher showed me Iron Maiden, which got me hooked on playing metal guitar. I was truly introduced to the vastness of the genre when my family hosted an exchange student from Chile. We really connected, he played bass, and I played the guitar. He introduced me to many cool bands that I would have never known existed.
Xoth aims to connect people to the raw force of music through intensity and an extreme spectrum of melodic variance. We want to give an uplifting and exciting experience to take part in. I think music is everywhere. Nothing is static; everything is vibrating; everything has a frequency. What humans can hear is just a small part of the spectrum. So yes, I do think music can unite people through an unseen force that runs through everything while also being a good time. Perhaps music can even be used as a weapon?