Xerxes
Our Home Is A Deathbed


3.5
great

Review

by Martin L. USER (44 Reviews)
March 14th, 2012 | 37 replies | 5,574 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not the best, but just what we needed

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

The most notable aspects regarding Xerxes’ second LP can be seen in reference to other bands like Pianos Become The Teeth or Touche Amore, and this highlights both the best and worst facets of 2012’s Our Home Is A Deathbed. Coincidentally enough, Xerxes home really is a death bed, in that they very mindfully inhabit space left for them in that combination-of-hardcore-and-screamo-with-just-enough-melody sound popularized by the previously-mentioned acts. Problem is- there’s not a whole lot of space for them, here. Did we really need another band with song titles like “Our Home Is A Death Bed” who strive to perfect the perfect start-stop + screeching screams + chaotic instrumentation formula? Well, not particularly; but let’s give Xerxes credit for pulling off the feat with some style and dexterity.

The main strength of the record is the dynamic songwriting and lively pacing. Our Home builds just enough momentum before slowing to a more minimalist atmosphere, then minutes later the fire-breathing rasps of the singer return with gusto. Recognizable, right? It’s a listen not nearly as demanding as last year’s Ampere release, for instance (though “February,” among a few others, does show off the band’s more energetic chops); yet, the pacing feels much more sincere than Wave-darlings Defeater and their recent pussy balladry. Our Home feels relatively fresh, overall. This is discounting, though, the album’s obvious, hackneyed surroundings in terms of album and song titles as well as artwork (I tried to narrow it down to one example, but alas...). Thankfully, this doesn’t reflect the quality of the lyrics, as one would rightfully expect, that manage to impart a level of sincerity and significance.

Another pinnacle of Xerxes’ success is in the completeness achieved through more subtle effects like the textures and production, most notable on tracks like “Suburban Asphalt” that slowly linger like billowing, smoke after a roaring campfire flame is doused. As I’m sure you’ve noticed though, nary a few sentences pass throughout this review without a name of another band grazing by. The fact that Our Home is so inviting and simplistic in its approach leads to it being easily compared to as-adept peers in the scene. Xerxes lies somewhere in the median - I’d love to say this as an unencumbered positive reaction, but take that as you will.

So besides the moments when the melodrama gets to be a bit much, like on “Sleepwalking With You,” Xerxes have written an album bursting not only with interesting songwriting to counter the uninteresting song titles, but with a fresh sense of sincerity. It won’t change any minds about The Wave (or whatever), but Our House is a straightforward and engaging listen that provides much-needed invigoration to a sound that was quickly deteriorating.



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carouse
March 14th 2012



293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I mention a lot of negatives in the review, but this is a very enjoyable listen, even though sometimes I suspect I give it a little too much credit. I haven't had it for long though, we'll see if I like it more down the road.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 14th 2012



10553 Comments


Really glad this got a review. Very nice write up.

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CaptainDooRight
March 14th 2012



26438 Comments


good rev bro, you deserve that 100%

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carouse
March 14th 2012



293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks both, and glad you agree Xenophanes.
CaptainDooRight I've read some of your reviews too, I think we have similar taste in metal.

CaptainDooRight
March 14th 2012



26438 Comments


awesome thanks for checking out my rev's bro

pos'd as well

name 5 metal albums that we fully agree on, go:...

carouse
March 14th 2012



293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well I just remember you from your Addaura and Rhinocervs reviews which is why your name stood out, and then scanning your ratings I'm also a big fan of Corrupted, Paysage d'Hiver, and Warning (not that these are uncommon opinions really, but still).


CaptainDooRight
March 14th 2012



26438 Comments


awesome bro we are soul mates


fuck yea

Corrupted, Paysage d'Hiver, and Warning are some of the best bands in existence[although Warning is no longer a band but yeah]

cvlts
March 14th 2012



8917 Comments


pretty well written review bro

i have this floatin around but have heard some meh things about it. but i'll check it out now.

pos'd

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 14th 2012



10553 Comments


it's probably too hxc for you dante

taxidermist
March 14th 2012



7175 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's pretty sweet.

joplinpicasso
March 14th 2012



427 Comments


Exactly my sentiments - you know the scene well, and review the material as such.

carouse
March 14th 2012



293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys! Also, that Men record is fantastic.

Hep Kat
March 14th 2012



14019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

stopped reading at pianos

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carouse
March 14th 2012



293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Me too.

sixthgoldenticket
March 19th 2012



1176 Comments


sounds like what touche amore's always been trying to pull off.

henryChinaski
March 20th 2012



2457 Comments


Suburban Asphalt f*ckin rules!

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carouse
March 20th 2012



293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's definitely one of my favorite tracks, so I agree.

Tikicobra
March 21st 2012



569 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tide/This Place As a Prison is so good.

jimmyarmpit
May 10th 2012



21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a solid release for the genre, but it doesnt feel like it freshens up the genre the way citycop or brother bear did for me last year.

ShitsofRain
May 30th 2012



4710 Comments


i wish those last 25 seconds of this record would never end...

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