Candlelight Records / Soulfood
March 2009 (GER)
IXXI is, at core, based on the co-operation and unlikely friendship of four individuals: Acerbus, known as founder and central figure of black metal act Ondskapt, Nattdal, founder and central figure of Dymhymn and Lifelover, Totalscorn, founder of Zavorash, and Avsky. Acerbus and Nattdal are the two unequaled talents in terms of the music, and they bring a very original mix of 'classical black metal' and the more modern strokes that Lifelover-fans will recognize as Nattdal's trademark. Totalscorn, much as with Zavorash, dominates the lyrical field and makes certain there's more than 'just music' to ponder. Avsky, on his own, is much more than just responsible for the bass, in bringing his personal talents to the band's benefit in everything from the occasional song to conceptual renderings.
The only thing these four black musketeers seem to have in common is their ability to create and maintain chaos when bundled together. The three recording-sessions survived by the line-up so far has been beset on all sides by drunken rumbles, crashed rental cars, and all sorts of detrimental behavior that makes more seasoned artists wonder how the line-up is even able to produce music - let alone superior music! The band-members themselves seldom stop to review such questions, but during the recording of Elect Darkness things actually got so bad that some portions of the line-up were forced into rehabilitation for alcohol-abuse (lest they be dropped from the band).
IXXI is not an act meant for the clean and politically correct environment of commercially viable music. IXXI has come to signify 'black metal in the new millennium', and with that all the animosity and ruggedness that the genre represented before certain bands got so big they just had to sell out. IXXI has the intention to keep administering state of art albums for a select breed of extreme people, as a waterhole for those disgusted by mainstream-music and those blasé of extreme music that has become all but common in this day and age. Work on a new album is already undertaken, and as soon as the line-up finds a suitable new drummer efforts to appear live will be rekindled with force.
2005/2006: Acerbus and Nattdal spawn the idea of starting a 'black n' roll' project aside of Acerbus' band Ondskapt. Avsky, Totalscorn and Selin joins the line-up and the concept/name takes shape through a joint effort of this original line-up. During the summer of 2006 a first 's/t' album is recorded at Studio Endarker, Norrköping, through the support of Total Holocaust Records of Southern Sweden. The album is brief and to the point, a rather straightforward materialization of the term 'black n roll'. Reviews are fine, but the members all feel it's just a teaser compared to the real capability of the line-up. By the time this album is released, a music video is all made and dropped in the net as a pro-bono deal.
2007: The line-up returns to Studio Endarker, recording their second album 'Assorted Armament'. This time supported by German indie-label Sigilla Malae. During this recording session Selin leaves the line-up, basically on account of not being rehearsed enough, and Smoker is recruited for the drum-works with Hravn of Devil's Whorehouse covering some parts of the album. 'Assorted Armament' becomes much more of a solid album, compared to the first release, and the band's peculiar mixture of talents starts to color the final result more strongly. It's no longer a question of 'just' black n roll, but a more advancing meddling in different direction only loosely tied together by the general standards of black metal. The album is widely acclaimed and accepted as something amongst the 'best' of current extreme Swedish bands, and not many months pass before a deal is inked with Candlelight Records.
2008: The band begins rehearsing seriously and recruits Talon as 'third guitarist' - at first thought to be a session-member, Talon gets the status of full membership for a brief while. In late May 2008 IXXI performs an underground gig at the H62-club in Stockholm, just days before returning to Studio Endarker for the recording of Elect Darkness - now under the wings of Candlelight Records. This album is currently in post-production, keep on eye on Candlelight's release-schedule for more info. The studio-period of 2008 again causes changes to the line-up - as Talon is dropped from the line-up and Smoker quits by own volition (after both having done their part in the studio).