L-R – Wallace Huffman (Lead Guitar) – Lowell Winters (Drums) – Levi Meyers (Vocals) – Marlow Deiter (Bass) – Bill Ferguson (Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals) – Photo Credit – Jenna Hindley, Midnyte-Sun Photography
Levi Meyers, Bill Ferguson, Wallace Huffman, Marlow Deiter and Lowell Winters formed XUL in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, following in the footsteps of bands such as: Behemoth, Dissection, and Immortal, XUL has left the beaten path to forge their own brand of Blackened Death Metal.
An energetic and engaging live performance, overflowing with crushing rhythms seamlessly coalescing into atmospheric passages, accompanied by a storm of punishing percussion and vicious vocal harmonies. XUL has expanded on their previous work with their new release “Extinction Necromance”.
Heralding a new age of northern darkness. Songs reminiscent of cold lonely tombs, malevolent intent and predatory nature. XUL captivates audiences like light attracts flies. XUL’s first offering since 2012’s Malignance , “Extinction Necromance” see’s a reverse-metamorphosis of the band, delving deeper into the maelstrom and the result is truly unsettling.
Driven by determination and a diverse accumulation of musical comprehension, XUL has toured Western Canada, sharing the stage with heavyweights including Obscura, Exhumed, Vreid, Kampfar, Woods of Ypres, Macabre, Withered, Cephalic Carnage, Archspire and 3 Inches of Blood.
Extinction Necromance looms heavy just beyond the light of day and XUL is determined to build on an already impressive western Canadian following, while firmly setting the rest of Canada in their crosshairs.
XUL – Malignance Reviews
#10 of Top 20 Best Albums of 2012 for MetalMadeInCanada.ca
“Xul continue to offer a barrage after barrage of obliterating death metal…when the sheer fire power and dexterous performances that Xul serve up are so satisfying. Particularly when you consider that is the band’s debut album. Malignance is undeniably impressive.” – Powerplay Mag UK
“Malignance, the first record from unsigned Canadian blackened death act Xul, is one of the most impressive debut’s I’ve heard in a very long time. Rarely are the similar artists mentioned in press kits an entirely accurate estimation of the soundscapes to be found within an album proper, but I find the examples of Behemoth and Dissection are quite fitting in this case, as the band excels at weaving the brutality of the former with the epic melodious propensity of the latter, not to mention the grandiosity inherent to both, into a rich and exciting tapestry of extremity.” – Metal-Archives.com
“Vernon British Columbia natives, XUL made their way to Katacombs with one intention in mind – to leave a lasting effect. They did. Influenced by the mighty Behemoth and defunct, Dissection, Xul pulled out all the stops in an insanely intense show characterized by a great sound, guitar hooks and energy that would lay waste to most established bands today! Approx. 50 people were in attendance, give or take a few, but there could have been 10,000 people with the amount of electricity in the air! CONFIDENCE was the adjective on display. They tore through “Summon the Swarm” in such a way that Jon Nodtveidt would have smiled in his grave! Long live Blackened Death Metal. Long Live Xul.” – Live Review – Ondes Chocs
“will appeal to fans of black/death metal. Hard-hitting and brutal, Malignance is intense and that intensity does not let up until the very last song.” – TheFrontRowReport.com
“I loved this album beginning to end, and you can hear the talent that lies there just waiting to come out and greet the world with what XUL has to offer. I can’t wait to hear what they come out with next. I hope some record company comes and grabs these guys because they have a lot to offer the metal community! Look forward to the future with XUL because I know we will be hearing from them again soon.” – Metal Master Kingdom
“Xul operate within the genre of blackened death metal, taking cues from blackened death metal giants like Behemoth, black metal legends like Immortal and Mayhem, as well as death metal demigods like Morbid Angel. They have taken all of these inspirations and combined them into their own artistically highly successful brand of blackened death metal, which features the brutality of death metal and the darkness and evil of black metal. Thus, you get and album the treats you to both the machine-gun bassdrums, guttural vocals, and technically proficient playing associated with death metal and the tense harmonies, tremolo picking, and blazing blastbeats associated with black metal…..Xul’s “Malignance” is a huge artistic success and captures what I consider to be the best from both death metal and black metal.” – Metal Music Archives
“XUL’s “Malignance” is a raging, rolling machine of Black-tinged Death Metal 8/10? – Metal-Observer
“the band manages to make a sound that encompasses the Death Metal ‘old school’ with the current time style that combines technical, brutality and a very dark mood, as do Belphegor, Behemoth and Azarath. 8/10? – Whiplash (Brazil)
“Malignance features a stunning display of musicianship with its ultra-slick leads, hyperspeed percussion and incredible bass tone. Meyers’s fetid vocals salivating on the album’s rotting body ties the whole gruesome scene together. Xul wreak “Vengeance” on the ears of death metal fans, forcing their way in the cortex to fester and boil. This is one Malignance you’ll be dying to have.” – Kingdom of Noise
“I love death metal that takes no prisoners.” – Battl Helm
“This blackened death quintet from Vernon, British Columbia does not dissapoint with thier first release, Malignance. The first track sets the pace for the whole album; hard hitting, ear splitting, skull crushing brutality. Battlestorm, indeed! Strong black influences shine through, especially in tracks like Porta Nocis, and Vengeance, while the instrumental Winter’s Reign leaves you spellbound. I have to admit to being really impressed with the amount of work these northern bastards have put into this, and I highly recommend it.” – Canadian Black Metal
“a very great sounding heavy and brutal blackened death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE “Battlestorm” “Winter’s Reign” and “Tomb Of The Tyrants”. RECOMMENDED BUY” – BringerofDeathZine
“The perfect combination of black and death metal, even with a particularly thrashy sounding guitar line in places on ‘Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains’ really comes together on this album” – BigMetalBastard
Discography 2010 – EP – Beyond Darkened Mountains – 2012 – Malignance – LP
1. Battlestorm 04:27
2. Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains 05:14
3. Porta Noctis 05:08
4. Vengeance 03:28
5. Winter’s Reign 04:26
6. Hordes of Black 05:29
7. Incinerate the Earth 04:17
8. Tomb of Tyrants 05:54