Xihilisk
EPTwo


4.0
excellent

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
December 1st, 2008 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


Being an avid music listener nowadays seems entropic, yet refreshing at times. You’ll always have your well-known bands that people gush over and shut out anyone who says otherwise. People don’t listen to music for fun anymore, but for pure analyzation to uphold their elitist notions of what is deemed “good”. For this reason it’s important for bands like Xihilisk to exist because you feel the freedom of expression through the music, and it takes the time to enjoy itself, and if you happen to agree then so be it.

Xihilisk is a one-man experimental band, usually delving into electronica/indie, consistent in maintaining surprises throughout each release. He purposefully releases all his albums for free upon completion, and to further exemplify his hate for the music industry he will be releasing his first greatest hits dubbed “FUCK THE RIAA”. Man’s got spunk.

He also has talent and ingenuity. For this half-hour release, he experiments with dub electronica adding hints of post rock. Each song overflows with its own energy, yet somehow splice together soothingly. The first two songs alone are a fine example of his mix of eeriness and ambiance, while each have different moods; InSlider is more of a computerized electro-mix, quite mechanical, whereas Autonomous Seashield is just that: a self governing seascape with the drum machine crashing below the tremolo stylings of the harmonizing echoes. It’s not all electronic, however. Three later tracks feature guitars, especially Takenology, but more on that song later. Amanda and Lye Flatley are both purely guitar-driven, with added cathodics sprinkled around.

The whole album features a mood of dreamlike chaos, and the times where you cannot discern from reality when you’re awake will surely be expressed here. Whether it’s the fading in and out of the frenzied Aphex Twin sounding The Movement of Dogs, or the calming movements of Amanda, your imagination has the freedom to sway to whichever breeze plunges into you. Though, there is a rather unexpected shocker that closes the record. After four minutes of the unsettling atmosphere of Takenology, you’re greeted with the infamous silence between the album and the hidden track…and what’s the surprise you ask? Well, if I told you, you probably wouldn’t listen to the record :) Feel free to investigate Xihilisk’s whole discography, each record has its own charm, but this one is possibly the most accomplished of them all, an impressive feat considering he works out of his bedroom.



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fireaboveicebelow
December 1st 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is a lot shorter than I thought...

Zippermouth
December 1st 2008


1305 Comments


Great review man. Nobody ever said that short was bad.

Avirov
December 1st 2008


1206 Comments


Excellent review! I don't think any longer would've been appropriate for an EP, personally. And, of course, now I have to go look up this guy.

bastard
December 1st 2008


3435 Comments


pretty cool review man.

fireaboveicebelow
December 1st 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks guys, you can get everything he's released on his blog

http://xihilisk.blogspot.com/2008/03/download-every-xihilisk-album-for-free.html

this is already about to get off the main page, I only submitted it a couple hours ago

Willie
Moderator
January 12th 2009


16149 Comments


I really want to download this when I get back from work! Thanks for posting this.

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

gaslightanthem
January 13th 2009


5209 Comments


yeah man this sounds cool

fireaboveicebelow
January 14th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't tell if you're sarcastic gaslight, you've been saying things like that a lot lately

gaslightanthem
January 14th 2009


5209 Comments


nah man i was being serious, i will check it out at some point
haha, i haven't been that bad

fireaboveicebelow
January 14th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if you say so, then I won't go into detail, it didn't happen, you don't remember anything

gaslightanthem
January 14th 2009


5209 Comments


oh no what you dont like me !! :eek:

fireaboveicebelow
January 14th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

don't act like that night with him didn't happen!

gaslightanthem
January 14th 2009


5209 Comments


that was years ago, back then i was only eighteen, shit kim i thought we wiped the slate clean

fireaboveicebelow
January 14th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hahaha THATS FUCKED UP

gaslightanthem
January 14th 2009


5209 Comments


i havent listened to that song in a while - i might have to go put that shit on!

Willie
Moderator
January 14th 2009


16149 Comments


Alright, I finally downloaded it. I'll check back in later.

Willie
Moderator
January 14th 2009


16149 Comments


Just got done with my second listen. This is really good. I'm going to go back there and download his older stuff now.

gaslightanthem
January 15th 2009


5209 Comments


does this have vocals?

Willie
Moderator
January 15th 2009


16149 Comments


Not that I remember.

gaslightanthem
January 15th 2009


5209 Comments


ok! just wondered



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