Eight members strong and three singers up on everyone else, xDEATHSTARx heils from the utopian land of Redlands, California. The release of their five-song demo, "Beware of the xDEATHSTARx" in 2003 put them at the forefront of the already booming So-Cal hardcore scene. With lyrics that mirror their philosophy of positive living and heart-felt scene experience, their anthems are undeniably fierce, and so is their vision.
xDEATHSTARx kicked off summer 2006 by recording their debut Facedown release at Trax East Studios. Their highly anticipated CD, We Are The Threat was released in February 2007.
On their second album, the California band unleashes focused, powerful metallic hardcore that demands one's attention. The sheer multiplicity of sounds gives the vocals undeniable energy; when the singers break into huge gang choruses, like on the title track and "The Great Opiate," the results are massive.
The band stands out in three ways. First, its riffs are melodic without ripping off Swedish metal. This is refreshing in a scene overrun with At the Gates wannabes. Second, the songs keep breakdowns to a minimum; when they do drop, they actually mean something. Lastly, the songs have impeccable arrangements. Grooves never go on too long, and transitions are smart and subtle. For example, "Burn Everything" begins with blastbeats. After eight bars, the drums switch to thrash beats, while the riffs remain the same. Touches like this help keep the songs moving.
All of the member of xDeathstarx are straight edge and they incorporate both Christian and straight edge themes within their music, with their view of the loss of values in modern society. Thier lyrics are far from preachy; they only hint at that when they tell Christians to improve themselves. Otherwise, they question authority and build community - themes common to both metal and hardcore.