Originally founded, and still operated, by Dave Rotten from the iconic brutal death metal faction Avulsed, Xtreem Music is based out of Spain. Their beginnings are traced back to Repulse Records (1996-2002). They’ve been knocking out some of extreme metal’s gnarliest releases for years, and they’ve been especially consistent with their attack over the past year or so. Even before, really. But back in those earlier days, the god-awful ‘Nu Metal’ thing took shape from the whole rap-metal concept, many of the acts came complete with a DJ. Those were horrible days for fans of real metal of all subgenres. By the later years of the decade, even death and black metal were starting to flounder thanks to misguided experimentation and something that resembles a drought of real quality.
Thanks to a chain of events that ultimately resulted in a resurgence of interest in essentially all valid subgenres of rock & roll and heavy metal, labels like Xtreem Music can now have a fighting chance at drawing some well-deserved positive attention to all of their bands—existing, current, and new. With bands that land on the ‘meat and potatoes’, straightforward death metal to the more technique-driven precision of the tech death arena, their primary focus tends to be on a lot of different persuasions of death metal, though they don’t simply begin and end with those styles. They’ve made accommodations to do their part in promoting and proliferating many other styles as well, with Fighter Records. There’s probably no persuasion that Xtreem doesn’t cover on its current roster. And there’s more on the way.
Just this year, Xtreem Music has been killing with crushing thrash metal with album’s like Holycide’s Annihilate… Then Ask, Panikk’s Discarded Existence, Cloaks of Oblivion by Eruption, and in July they dropped Nadimac’s Besnilo, which has prime crossover appeal. They kicked the year off with crushing LPs from Nasty Surgeons’ Exhumation Requiem and Daemoniac’s Spawn of the Fallen. There’s a preponderance of flattening death metal releases from bands like Canker, Cryptic Brood, Soulskinner, Infestus, and of course Avulsed. They also unchained The Mortal Horizon by Desecresy, Gravesite’s Neverending Trail of Skulls, and Purtenance’s Paradox of Existence. Xtreem Music only recently announced new thrash with No Amnesty’s Psychopathology on November 14th. And there’s an official release of Neocaesar’s debut LP, 11:11, coming on December 5th. Neocaesar is comprised of ex-Sinister members; Mike van Mastrigt (vocals), Bart van Wallenberg (guitars), Michel Alderliefsten (bass), and Eric de Windt (drums). Looking into next year, Cruentator’s debut album, Ain’t War Hell?, is scheduled to drop on January 10th, 2018.
With Dave Rotten’s essential life-long love and affiliation with extreme metal, the Xtreem Cult Series seems natural. The label offers the availability of titles from legendary bands like Revenant, Aggression (Can.), Morpheus Descends, Rottrevore, Abhorer, Demolish, Lethal Aggression, and again Avulsed. Find all of those releases, and the other Xtreem titles via Bandcamp. They’ve got a few free downloads to grab while you’re there.
At the moment, there’s a full exclusive stream of Bloodhunter’s sophomore LP, The End of Faith, at Invisible Oranges, which you can get to by clicking here.
Do yourself a favor and look over the playlist below. There’s a load of talent from Xtreem Music’s roster, though it’s nowhere near everything. Visit the label’s site for a more comprehensive idea of available selections.