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Xentrix - Seven Words review


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Band: Xentrix
Album: Seven Words
Release date: November 2022

01. Behind The Walls Of Treachery
02. Seven Words
03. Spit Coin
04. The Alter Of Nothing
05. Everybody Loves You When You're Dead
06. Reckless With A Smile
07. Ghost Tape Number 10
08. My War
09. Kill And Protect
10. Anything But The Truth
11. Billion Dollar Babies [Alice Cooper cover] [bonus]

There was me thinking they were covering George Carlin.

Timing is everything, with Xentrix perhaps learning this the hard way; their heyday came during the dying days of thrash in the late 80's and early 90's, denying them a career more vaunted than they have.

With 2019's Bury The Pain giving the band a foothold in the thrash scene beyond being a band living off of past glories, 2022's Seven Words sees Xentrix getting a firm footing unto which they can get their heads above the parapet and make their presence known to a larger audience.

Kicking proceedings off in style, "Behind The Walls Of Treachery" sets an early bar and puts any worries that Bury The Pain was a fluke to rest. The band alternate between thrash assault and locking into a groove with effective results, with "Everyone Loves You When You're Dead" and "Kill And Protect" testing your neck muscles between headbanging and grooving.

"My War" and "Reckless With A Smile" highlight the musicianship on offer, with Havard and Walsh producing some solid guitar riffage, while Shires and Gasser make for a compelling rhythm section. When the band locks into a groove, Seven Words is at its best, hitting hard while getting you moving.

Ironically, it is when the band focus on straightforward thrash that Seven Words is at its weakest. Walsh's barked delivery is powerful, yet it is very monotonus and overused, leading to several tracks like "Spit Coin" and "The Alter Of Nothing" blending into the thrash scene with little to stand out from the crowd. "Ghost Tape Number 10" and the title track play out to little fanfare, even though there are moments during these tracks (the breakdown and solo of the former track for example) that tease what could have been, before the rest of the song plays out.

Fans of the band will be glad that Bury The Pain isn't the lone release from Xentrix's return to the studio, as fans of thrash will hopefully discover the band and delve deeper into their rich history. Seven Words is unlikely to rank too highly in their discography, but it has its moments that will warrant returning to it before it gathers dust on your shelves.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 7
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Production: 8

Written on 16.11.2022 by Just because I don't care doesn't mean I'm not listening.


Comments: 3   Visited by: 109 users
16.11.2022 - 22:05
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
To short review for good comback, two paragraphs missing
Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''
I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
17.11.2022 - 01:54
Rating: 4
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Bad English on 16.11.2022 at 22:05

To short review for good comback, two paragraphs missing

I'm amazed he was able to muster up that many for such a boring album. Especially positive ones.
14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
17.11.2022 - 09:03
Funny that this review is 370 words, so right in he middle of the 250-500 words guideline. But then I guess certain reviewers habitually going over 500 words changes expectations

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