Review Summary: What would've happened if Hendrix played in a powerviolence band? I don't have the answer to that but i like to think it would be close to this.
Experimentation with the fusion of two or more ingredients tends to have good and bad results. Pretzels covered in chocolate, chicken and waffles, honey mustard, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are all good examples of the results being great, if not better than the individual ingredients.
That can be translated not only to food but also, like in our case, to music. Xhendrix provides an interesting combination: the rocking grooviness of psychedelic rock and the hard-hitting velocity of powerviolence. Maybe it doesn't sound good on paper and it's not reinventing the wheel but the actual result is a mind-altering rollercoaster ride that will keep you wanting more and more with each listen.
xhendrix I is the debut released by this power trio from Tijuana, Mexico. Clocking around 21 minutes, it offers 7 songs:
“El tiempo y el cangrejo” starts with a slow riff from the bass, joined by drums that build up until the wailing guitar breaks into a rocking groove, introducing the frenetic characteristics of hardcore and powerviolence.
“La raza obsoleta” offers a vicious fuzzy guitar that i’m sure Hendrix would’ve loved . The song transition from rocking grooves and spastic crazyness to some wailing from the guitar with the wah wah pedal before going back at full speed .
“No abras los ojos” begins with a slow and muddy bass riff until the vocalist starts screaming and the guitars join the hypnotic march of the drums, enhancing the psychedelic experience to the rocking groove. All of this breaks into escalating snare hits that explode in conjuction with the bass and the guitar.
“Sin titulo I” offers one of the two instrumental jams from this record. The heavyness and psychodelic get mixed with blues inspired guitars.
“Lluvias” has to be one of my favorites, and is also the catchiest song from this reléase .Rapid drumming, fast guitars , pummeling bass and in your face vocals that transition into a rocking jam that showcases some simple but effective lead.
“Crybaby” features a simple but super catchy drum beat interchangingly hitting the snare and the hi hat in the middle of the song and the use of wah wah effect at the start are highlights for me.
“67” is the second instrumental and final song from this release. It’s a heavy psychodelic rock infused jam until the drum gets faster and more metallic to close the EP.
Regarding production, i think it's a great job, because all the instruments and vocals are giving the space needed to be heard but maybe i'm missing something.
The nitpicks that i can count on this debut are only a few: sometimes the variation between the rapid and groovey parts can be dull , the closing track doesn't work too much for me and the shortage of the EP (and i only say this because i want to hear more from this guys). Aside from that, i've been digging this since last year and it's grown on me a lot. In conclusion, Xhendrix present a worthy debut that has kept me interested in the future of the band.
In this Extended play, xhendrix consisted of:
René – Vocals, Guitars
Victor – Vocals, Bass
Sergio - Drums