When Xyhon describe their music to us as “heavy, dirty and chuggy,” we’re instantly hooked. The Milton Keynes heavy metal newcomers like to mix things up, but one common theme is raw emotion that, in their words, “makes you want to headbang and throw those horns in the air.”
The quintet of Richard Lloyd-Davies (vocals), Luke Fisher and Jake Robinson (guitars), Jonny Rose (drums) and Luke Flynn (bass), who joined as recently as August, began as school friends who went to shows together, thought it looked like fun and gave it a go for themselves and, a few line-up changes later, Xyhon was born.
The band like to keep things interesting rather than being stuck to a specific ‘metal sound,’ as Luke (Fisher) tells us: “At this time we don’t really have a sound a lot of our tracks have a different style and sound to them. What we do try and capture in every track is raw emotion and an opportunity to nod your head. A lot of the tracks we already have made are based around war and what can happen because of it.”
The band’s sound has been honed from collective loves for bands like Architects, Veil of Maya, Pantera and Black Sabbath, while Gojira is a strong inspiration and even influenced their recent track Fall Out. And, while they’re yet to have any music released online, from the teasers we’ve seen expect huge screamed vocals, pounding drums and cymbals, and booming guitar riffs aplenty.
And they’ve shown their ability to mix things up with Reborn, which the band tell us was a song written as a thank you to someone band members Luke F and Richard recently lost.
This is the first band we’ve met from Milton Keynes, so we asked the guys for their thoughts on the city’s music scene. Luke told us: “The local scene in Milton Keynes has disappeared over the years. The main places to go are MK11 or the Craufurd Arms but it’s not often you see a heavy metal night there, so because of this, we want to get the scene back up again and influence other bands to start to appear. Branching out into the more county-wide area there a few good opportunities for shows, great venues and even better bands.”
One of the band’s big focuses this year will be taking part in Battle of the Bands event Metal To The Masses, of which the first round is at the Crauford Arms in Milton Keynes on 3 May. After that they hope to be recording an EP and continue getting their name out there, having previously played live with the likes of our recent New Band of the Week Cove, Black Coast and the launch of Sound Styles Clothing alongside Liam Circuit, GarshKott and Ashley Falls.