When Metalholic ran its poll for the Top Female Screamers and Growlers earlier this month the final tallies put Monica “Demonica” Janssen of X-Tinxion in 8th place. That is pretty impressive for a band that has yet to release its debut album. On June 10, the entire world will get a chance to hear what all of the buzz is about with Holland’s death-tinged thrashers as they release their debut full-length album From the Ashes of Eden. Today Metalholic debuts the video for the track, “Amalgamation”.
“Amalgamation” is the opening track from the album. The song title refers to uniting soul, body and technology. It is a philosophical exercise, questioning what would happen to humanity if we could prolong life through biotechnology. It is a story of transcending humanity and overcoming death, but it isn’t necessarily a positive one.
What would happen if we learned so much about the secrets of life, that time becomes irrelevant. Questions about what it means to be human and the tension between science and religion frequently reoccur throughout the entire album. The beauty and horror of it both criticized and praised at the same time, and always with a witty sense of humor. In the universe of X-Tinxion, space and time are circular and have no beginning or end. Past, present and future blur together into one big quantum world where justice isn’t always fair and evil isn’t always bad. Yet in all this confusion, doubt and false righteousness, hope comes shining through…..with a vicious vengeance.
The main story of From the Ashes of Eden revolves around the transcendence of humanity. It deals with the human tendency to destruct while searching to better itself, particularly the tracks “Amalgamation” and “In Progress”, the first and last tracks on the album. It shows the dark side of the human psyche, of its religions and science. It is about inner conflict and the fear of death. However, this pessimistic view on mankind is alleviated by a sense of humor that also shows the touching naivety of the human race. Like a deity looking over its flock, the lyrics try to show the listener what happens after the loss of innocence. And it gives us new hope to see the loss of innocence as an opportunity to learn and rise From The Ashes Of Eden.
X-Tinxion was formed in 2004, evolving over the years while releasing two demos, and two EPs, the most recent of which is 2015’s Severed from Heaven. Joining Janssen are founders Peter van Toren (drums) and Conrad Hultermans (guitars) and more recent additions bassist Kornee Kleefman, and guitarist Sepp Coeck.