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Oxes
Self-titled
Monitor Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Prior to actually hearing Oxes I had heard a number of things about them. One fact was that they play with wireless guitars, allowing them to fully invade the crowd when playing live. A second fact was that they have done numerous live stints with the great Shellac, at Shellac's request. Those two tidbits, combined with the album artwork and the spoof of a one-sheet which accompanied it sparked curiosity on my end. Although I cannot say I was completely sold on or overly surprised by their extremely jagged brand of angular ebb and flow I can say that Oxes do an impeccable job of impersonating a Chicago post-prog, neo-metal avante rock. This acting ability combines well with their east-coast base to give the Oxes a vantage point from which to strike at any moment. The hectic pace at which they chop the choppy chords points clearly to the style of artistically non-art post-hardcore rock that only the metropolises of the east can produce. On the maniacally mathematical, almost ballet end of the spectrum lie the likes of Turing Machine and, on the other, you have Oxes. From the opening "Dear Spirit, I'm in France" through the end of "Riki Creem Calls This One 'Chivas Regal'" the trio of Prison, Dr. Windsor Castle an New York City lock into a collective hypnosis fueled by scraping and bending guitars, cracked cymbals and telepathic vocals that never relinquishes the focus of your utmost attention. The compositions here are obviously the work of skilled musicians and are at times so forward thinking in terms of space and interrelation that they begin to wear on the listener by the end of "Panda Strong", the third track. It may be complex and it may be erratic but very few people will be able to listen to an album of such abrasiveness all the way through comfortably. I mean, I can put broken glass in my mouth, but I can't really chew on it, you know? Not to mention Dr. Windsor Castle and New York City are completely unable to change the tuning of their guitars. Interesting? Check. Engaging? Check. Interest sustainable? Probably not, unless you're a serial killer.

Reviewed by Avery Jones


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