Started out as bubbling, rumbling and grinding Carcass/Napalm Death clones releasing the unforgettable
"Swarming of the Maggots" demo (containing more songs than minutes). Xysma were the first ones in their genre to incorporate
'70s heavy rock - particularly Sabbath - influences with incredibly groovy and original results.
Funnily enough, in the dying moments of their career Carcass actually sounded like one of the many mediocre Xysma clones who in
the meantime had all but taken over especially the Finnish death metal scene, cf. Convulse, Lubricant, Paraxism,
Godfall, Pakeni et al.
By that point Xysma, in their turn, had not only signed their first proper record deal
(with Spinefarm - the early records were released by the minuscule Turku label Comeback which had held them back
when they were in their prime) but also become a regular rock monster with little or no metal influences: '94's "De Luxe"
introduced a very Helmet-sounding Xysma and its successors were softer and softer.
A detail for all those who have the "Fata Morgana" 7": the second track on side A is not mentioned anywhere - it's "Entangled in Shreds"
recorded live at Varissuon Nuorisotalo, Turku, Finland 11 March 1990.