In under a decade, New York City has witnessed the growth and success of a rapcore punk and metal bands.
Known as Xombie, this group has tasked itself with revitalizing the metal genre and bringing it back to the mainstream. Throughout the past seven years, the band has reaped great rewards for its hard work, garnering more than $11,000 from a Kickstarter campaign dedicated to its first U.S. tour. This attracted promotional support from MTV-U, Vice and The Source, building an even larger fan base
With ‘Might As Well,’ the standout single, the hardcore, heavy metal sounds of Rage Against The Machine are channeled in a vast collection of bass, drums and an electric guitar. It masters the art of transmitting 1980s-esque punk. Part of this band’s success results from the cohesiveness between its vocalist, bassist and drummer: the production of this release is stellar because the band members work well together.
‘Just One Night’ is a more lighthearted tune with less intense use of the guitar. While it still contains the same punk-like aura from other tracks, the underlying message is the lack of preparation behind a farewell. It’s as if the lead singer wishes to have more time with a person he’s fond of before saying goodbye to them. A psychedelic wave is present at the end, producing a fitting climax to this song.
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‘Burnin’ is a direct contrast to ‘Super Cell’s’ common theme, presenting less rage than what’s usually heard. The drums are prevalent in the background; the electric guitar takes a back seat; and the vocals are fluid and softer.
Overall, the instrumentation and vocals are in sync – one does not overpower the other. From the first second of the release, a classic metal vibe is created by vocals reminiscent of Linkin Park. Atom Crews, lead singer of Xombie, is a spectacular artist whose abilities blend perfectly with the other members. It makes the entire recording a “comeback anthem” of sorts, with which longtime fans of screamers can rejoice.
‘Super Cell’ is available now via Nada Recording Studio.