donderdag 29 augustus 2013

Nixa – Nixa

Nixa – Nixa
Self released – 2013
Rock, Metal, Sludge, Stoner, Doom
Rated: *****

Sometimes, life gets in the way. Usually it’s not that big of deal. You just get to do things a bit later then everyone else. But on a few of those rare occasions you go apeshit and mental and scream at every object in sight for not having been able to do something when the chance arose. And sometimes this involves music. A certain album that passed by as you ran from one dumb assignment to the next. Nixa is one of those bands. A regular supergroup so to speak. For it is comprised out of vocalist Valentin Maelstrom from the Swedish band Deathwolf. Drummer Mike Rodriguez who also plays for hardcore extravaganza Secret Arms and guitarist Anthony Mendolia and bassplayer Andrew Herrero have a long track record of groups in the Miami region. And why did I start tearing and clawing at the walls; because Nixa is damn freakin awesome! Raw and vicious, aggressive and tight. Dark and steaming sludge metal that could bring down the night. Their first self-titled EP holds but two tracks; two enormous beasts that will leave you breathless and wanting, no howling for more. Heavy drums that come down like an endless monsoon washing everything away with thunderous fills and malignant rolls. The riffs and basswork are what legends are made of. One can only dream of hearing something blackened shine like a diamond. And both tracks are filled with superior howls, screams and raw voices… MORE! MORE!

(Written by JK)

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