Review Summary: What would've happened if Hendrix played in a hardcore 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 EP released by this power trio from Tijuana, Mexico. Clocking around 21 minutes that present a good transition of hardcore/70’s psychedelic rock in 7 tracks , Xhendrix proves to be more than just a play on words to grab your attention. This is demonstrated by keeping their songs short and shifting gears between them, always having a spot for the blues inspired solos just before going back to the noisy and vicious crazyness , courtesy of their metal and powerviolence influences . Featuring two instrumentals jams songs, in the middle and the end of the EP, they ilustrates their love for 70’s rock while infusing more metallic and hardcore influences and keeping variety in this material. Along with the technicality that each member has with their instrument, the shouted vocals have that intensity and emotion that characterize the hardcore genre
Xhendrix pulls a promising debut with this EP that certainly will please fans of hardcore, stoner, psychedelic rock and metal in general. Although sometimes the variation between the rapid and groovey parts can be dull , this particular sound that they créate makes us keep an eye on them in the foreseeable future.