Xentrix (pronounced “zen-tricks”) are an English thrash metal band from Preston, Lancashire, England. The band were formed in 1984 under the name Sweet Vengeance. They changed their name to Xentrix in 1988, and released four albums – Shattered Existence (1989), For Whose Advantage? (1990), Kin (1992) and Scourge (1996) – before splitting up in 1997. After briefly reuniting in 2005–2006, Xentrix reunited once again in 2013, and released their first album in 23 years, Bury the Pain, in 2019. As part of the underground metal scene of the late 1980s and early-to-mid 1990s, Xentrix have been referred to as one of the “big four” of English thrash metal, along with Acid Reign, Onslaught and Sabbat.
Xentrix were called Sweet Vengeance from 1984 to 1988. The band attracted attention with a five-star rating from Kerrang! magazine, and Roadrunner Records then contacted the band asking them why they had not been sent a copy, and arranged an audition with the band. After the audition, the band was signed to the label and recorded their first album Shattered Existence in the summer of 1989. The band toured with Sabbat in support of the album.
In 1990, the band faced a small bit of controversy/publicity surrounding the release of their cover of Ray Parker, Jr.‘s “Ghostbusters” theme, in which the original artwork for the single had an unauthorized use of the Ghostbusters logo (with the ghost flicking a V Sign). The single was subsequently re-released using a different cover.
The band also reached new heights when they opened for Bay Area thrash metal band Testament. Later that year they recorded their second album For Whose Advantage?, which gained them yet more interest and their first music video for the album’s title track. Xentrix promoted For Whose Advantage? with a tour with Skyclad, and also played shows with bands like Slayer and Sepultura.
In 1992, the band decided to take a different direction with their album Kin, adopting a more progressive power metal style with their music, which was considered by many[who?] to be the band’s biggest mistake. Despite the critical acclaim, a video for “The Order of Chaos” was shot and received some airplay on MTV, and to promote the album, Xentrix went on tour with Tankard.
After a hiatus and replacing Chris Astley with Simon Gordon and Andy Rudd on vocals and guitar respectively, Xentrix resurfaced in 1996 with their fourth album Scourge. The band broke up shortly after its release, citing the decline in popularity in the British metal scene as the reason.
In 2005, Xentrix announced that they would be reuniting with its classic line-up for a small number of dates. They played a handful of shows in the UK in the spring of 2006, including one with then-recently reunited Onslaught and Evile. Despite the positive response to those two shows, Xentrix announced that September that they had once again split up.
On 4 February 2013, it was announced via Evile‘s Facebook page that a reunited Xentrix would be joining Kreator and Evile for a three-show UK tour in late April. This was initially the full Shattered Existence lineup, but later in the year bassist Paul MacKenzie left, to be replaced by Chris Shires. On 15 February, the band announced that they had new material in the works.
Select shows continued in early 2014, and at the Up The Hammers Festival in Athens, Greece on 8 March, they played new song “World of Mouth” for the first time, and included it in their set supporting Overkill on their UK tour, starting in London on 13 March. In October 2015, Xentrix embarked on a six-date UK tour with a reunited Acid Reign and Shrapnel.
On 14 July 2017, it was announced that Xentrix had once again parted ways with Chris Astley and replaced him with Jay Walsh.
In a June 2019 interview with Metal Crypt, guitarist Kristian Havard revealed that Xentrix had already begun writing the follow-up to Bury the Pain. By March 2021, the band had written and demoed at least twelve songs for their new album.
|Little Angels / The Almighty / Vain / Xentrix||Split||1989|
|For Whose Advantage?||Full-length||1990|
|Breaking Barriers Vol. 3||Split||1991|
|Dilute to Taste||EP||1991|
|The Order of Chaos||Single||1992|
|Songs of Pain||Split||1992|
|Bury the Pain||Full-length||2019|
|The Roadrunner Albums||Compilation||2020|
|Paul “Macka” MacKenzie||Bass (1988-1997, 2005-2006, 2013)|
|Chris Astley||Vocals, Guitars (1988-1995, 2005-2006, 2013-2015)|
|See also: ex-Sweet Vengeance|
|Andy Rudd||Guitars (1995-1997)|
|Simon Gordon||Vocals (1995-1997)|
|See also: Hellfighter, Kill II This, ex-City of God, ex-Thousand Points of Hate, ex-Sentinel|
|1.||No Compromise||03:04||Show lyrics|
|2.||Balance of Power||05:14||Show lyrics|
|4.||Back in the Real World||04:00||Show lyrics|
|5.||Dark Enemy||04:08||Show lyrics|
|6.||Bad Blood||05:06||Show lyrics|
|7.||Reasons for Destruction||05:36||Show lyrics|
|8.||Position of Security||05:06||Show lyrics|
|9.||Heaven Cent||05:07||Show lyrics|