Phoenix’s experimental sludge/post-metal band, Sorxe, rely heavy on improvisation, pulling ideas from an eclectic well of inspiration ranging from Neurosis, Swans, Melvins and Pink Floyd. They recently released their album The Ark Burner, which is available oon all digital platforms and limited edition LP (order through here). The six track album was crafted over four years before the band self-recorded the fruits of their labour. Matt Bayles (Russian Circles, Botch) handled the mix, whilst Brad Boatright at Audiosiege mastered the final album. The resulting album is a combination of heavy, thought provoking metal, woven through with intergalactic cosmic beauty.

We asked the band about their 3 main musical influences…

Faith No More – Angel Dust

Tanner Crace (guitar and vocals)

This is the album I have most listened to above and beyond all the others. It is a masterpiece and totally aggressive, but yet has ultra singable happy hooks. I still find it fresh and exciting after 27 years. It’s been able to stand the test of time like all classic albums do! It’s highly innovative and has inspired countless musicians over the years. For me…..I was a sophomore in high school in 95 I had long since forgotten about the Faith No More “Epic days” around the time when I was getting into Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Death and all the other Florida death metal scene. Hanging out one day my good friend put on Angel Dust and played me the track ‘Jizzlobber’, and it was all over for me then. I couldn’t believe how different and how much heavier FNM sounded from just a one album jump. I was blown away and began devouring this album as well as King for a Day, along with the Mr Bungle stuff as well! Countless hours listening have influenced me i’m sure in many ways more than anything else I can think of. 

Refused – The Shape of Punk to Come

Shane Ocell (drums and vocals)

I first discovered Refused from a CD compilation and was immediately hooked from their song ‘Rather Be Dead’. A couple years later The Shape of Punk to Come came out and I was I floored by it, because of the diversity from previous material. I feel the album is flawless and touches on a variety of styles of music and to me that keeps it interesting and that method has inspired me to do so when writing.

Butthole Surfers – Psychic… Powerless… Another Man’s Sac

Jonathan Portnoy (bass and vocals)

When I was about 14 or 15, I had a friend named Sid. He was a pretty weird dude and he had dug this series of tunnels in his back yard. We were hanging out in the tunnels one day, and he put this tape on the boombox. I’d never heard an album that was as weird and all over the place. It made perfect sense to me. It opened up my mind and really changed what I expected from music and my own creative process. It inspired me to shy away from formulas and predictable riffs and always strive to make things more interesting.

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