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Xavier Xerxes

by Xavier Xerxes

Fun and wacky hard rock/heavy metal music with frenetic guitar work, clean clear vocals, and the and lyrics are often based on puns, oxymorons, nonsense, and physics. Weird, nerdy, wild, hard rocking original music!
Genre: Metal/Punk: Heavy Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hell Toupee
3:04 $0.99
2. Wacked Out, Crazy but Cool
5:02 $0.99
3. Radical Dude Is Imaginary
4:40 $0.99
4. So Far Away
4:52 $0.99
5. Xerx Me
3:42 $0.99
6. I Want to Spend Some Precious Time With Me
3:43 $0.99
7. Why Can't I Ask Questions?
4:19 $0.99
8. Fear Itself
1:18 $0.99
9. I Need Somebody to Hate
4:03 $0.99
10. Gray Ones vs. the Fast Food Giant
4:05 $0.99
11. Kraz
5:32 $0.99
12. Genocide Hotline
4:17 $0.99
13. Oddball
4:57 $0.99
14. Huh?
4:22 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This bugger is an ambitious 14-track one-man project by guitarist/bassist Xavier Xerxes. The Web site (http://www.xavier-xerxes.com) boldly declares the CD full of “awesome heavy metal guitar work, solid rhythms, clever bass lines, (and) clear clean vocals”. Turns out, all of this is true. But, to me the album comes off more like a guitarist’s resume or a collection of demos than an actual album of songs. Pretty much every track is packed to the gills with frenetic, Vinnie Vincent-style lead guitar, barely audible bass, and a thin voice singing goofy lyrics. The Web site says the lyrics are based on “puns, oxymorons, nonsense, and physics…”; I’d say nonsense is the most prevalent: “We got Neptune tapioca dwarves attacking atomic cereal bowls” is from “Huh?” and “Why isn’t this guy plaid? / Are we here yet?” from “Why Can’t I Ask Questions?”. While the lyrics and vocals are obviously secondary to the music, and they are intended to be goofy, they can be distracting. (But the funniest song is “Genocide Hotline”, where callers to a crisis hotline get hung up on because their problems aren’t genocidal.) Musically, there are instrumentals with some real promise. “Xerx Me” has a certain Queensryche-ian eerieness and would make for excellent credit music in a horror film; “Fear Itself” has that cool deep guitar tone last heard on Metallica’s MASTER OF PUPPETS and sounds a bit like a demented version of the Van Halen instrumental “1984″; and “KRAZ” mixes nifty distortion akin to Accept’s “Neon Nights” from RESTLESS AND WILD with a driving beat similar to Nine Inch Nail’s “Head Like A Hole”. In short, some heavy metal band looking for a lead guitarist should give ol’ Xavier a call. E-mail xx@xavier-xerxes.com for more.

-Tim Wadzinski



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