xFILESx
Excruciation


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jack Boaden USER (29 Reviews)
May 3rd, 2013 | 15 replies | 728 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fuck you.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Straight from Brendan Radigan's opening scream on album opener "Swallow Your Tongue," it's clear that xFILESx are fucking angry. Hailing from New Bedford, the band play hardcore in the vein of early Ceremony, Weekend Nachos and Charles Bronson. With 22 songs in sixteen minutes, Excruciation, the band's only full-length, demonstrates exactly what they're capable of.

Obviously, the album is greater as a whole than as the sum of its parts. While it's difficult to pick stand-out songs, most songs on the album have stand-out moments. "Head On A Stick" demonstrates how the band can slow a song right down, similar to Ceremony's "Kersed," before the tempo picks up and the song explodes in an ACxDC-esque manner. "Jesus Fish Out of Water" highlights how the band can switch between powerviolence sections to the two-step sections we see in hardcore, and it's the variety like this which sets Excruciation above its peers. The songs range from the immediate six second length of "A Cozy Treat" to the almost lengthy in comparison album closer "Wreck Yourself," which falls just under a minute and a half.

But it's vocalist Brenden Radigan (The Rival Mob, Mind Eraser) who makes the record what it is. Radigan's delivery of his lyrics, while often ridiculous (see "Ay Guy"), is absolutely furious, and it's difficult to feel anything but anger and contempt whilst listening to the album. His yells of "Everybody knows that you're a piece of shit" towards the end of the aptly titled "*** 'Em" are another stand-out moment on the album. Lyrically, he explores breaking edge, unemployment, the local scene and self-pity.

Boasting 22 songs in sixteen minutes, Excruciation may just be one of the genre's finest offerings.



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TwoMonthsInTheCold
May 3rd 2013



288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Another short-ish review for another short-ish album. This band are fucking terrific.

tempest--
May 3rd 2013



12652 Comments


Really solid review man, pos!
I'll probably never listen to this album in my life, but this review is great!

Gyromania
May 3rd 2013



15202 Comments


fuck you too

EyeForAnEye
May 3rd 2013



1691 Comments


Wait, this dude is also in Mind Eraser? Never made that connection. That's pretty rad.

EyeForAnEye
May 3rd 2013



1691 Comments


Also, always thought the name for this band was wicked cheesy.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
May 3rd 2013



288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Cheers for the feedback, and yeah, I also read in an interview with Pat Flynn (Have Heart / Wolf Whistle) that one of the dudes in HH played in xFx for a while

EyeForAnEye
May 3rd 2013



1691 Comments


Yeah, I was aware of that. The drummer of HH is also the drummer of Shipwreck! Hardcore is a really small world.

Eclecticist
May 3rd 2013



3863 Comments


I hate the name of this band

TwoMonthsInTheCold
May 3rd 2013



288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Haha, no way! I'm just getting into Shipwreck as well

XingKing
May 3rd 2013



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shut thaa fuuuuckk uuuuuppppppp noooooooooooow!!

EyesWideShut
May 3rd 2013



3099 Comments


oh.. i remember this band, p angry stuff.. Head on a stick was my shit back in the day.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
May 3rd 2013



288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Whole album is fucking furious. Anyone know any other bands like xFx?

XingKing
May 3rd 2013



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Check out Wolf Whistle. They share some members

EyesWideShut
May 3rd 2013



3099 Comments


hmm.. try some, Left For Dead's Splitting Heads, Haymaker's In Only Gets Worse, and Lack of Interest's Take Another Step.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
May 3rd 2013



288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Cheers guys =P



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