Tuesday 23 February 2021

Xonto - robot a: Debut EP Premiere

I hinted yesterday on social media that I had a surprise lined up and here it is. I haven't done a release premiere for a while, so here's a sneak listen to the debut four song EP from Japanese band Xonto, a band that includes members from both Tetola93 and Agak! This EP is officially released today (sorry for the insta-post) but when Tomb Tree Tapes asked me if I wanted to share it with you, I couldn't say no. 

If you're at all familiar with either Tetola93 or Agak, then you'll hopefully know where Xonto are coming from. This is glorious heaviness for fans of the aforementioned bands, as well as those who dig Heaven In Her Arms and Envy. Japanese bands just seem to do it better and this is no exception. Without going full 'review' on you, robot a is made up of stunningly heavy post-hardcore with loads of atmosphere, dissonance and plenty of spoken/shouted Japanese vocals. At times thoughtful, at times grinding. You should totally give a listen for yourselves and then head over to Tomb Tree Tapes to bag a copy, while stocks last! 


1. walk

2. emergency

3. departure

4. ant

It's available for streaming via bandcamp below, where you can also purchase it digitally:-

This is pretty limited in terms of physical copies. There are 50 in total with 30 being on Metallic Swirl (blue) tapes, 15 on Flowered Swirl (Purple) and the other 5 copies being test dips. Check the pictures below for an idea of how epic they look:-

You can order copies via Zegema Beach Records through their USA and Canada/International stores below:-

USA - https://zbrusa.com/products/ttt026

CAN/INTL - http://www.zegemabeachrecords.com/specials/ttt026

I can't find any social media pages for Xonto. If you know of any, please send me a message and I'll update this post!

Tomb Tree Tapes - https://www.facebook.com/tombtreetapes

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