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OXX is a Danish trio shamelessly doing whatever pleases them, hard at work toward an auditory mindfuck since 2012. Ripping feverishly through math, noise, sludge, crust, avant-garde and whichever other fucking genre of loud angry music you could imagine, OXX might be described as clusterfuck-core… Or whatever. If that’s hard to picture, try getting blackout drunk and beating yourself to death with a Thomas Pynchon door stopper; that should put you in the ballpark.

All three of OXX’s members have previously been active in both the Danish punk/metal scene and heaps of weird shit such as avant/free music, afrobeat, and film scoring. Originally formed to bridge the gap between these seemingly disparate genres, OXX has since grown into a feral beast of its own.

On their newest release, The Skeleton is Just a Coat Hanger; These Are the Black Strings That Make You Dance, OXX push their genre schizophrenia to it’s painstaking limits. Eschewing click-tracks, endless overdubbing, and micromanaging, The Skeleton… is the sound of a cathartic, organic explosion bereft of glossy production and studio fuckery.

The raw, spontaneous sound of the record acts as an extension of the lyrics; an unfiltered, feverish stream of thought – bits and pieces of novels, obscure cinema, video games, etc. rushing by in a maelstrom of impressions of existence filtered through the eyes of the thoroughly unstable.

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PAK Announces October West Coast Tour; Bestial Full-Length By New York City Trio Out Now Through Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

Ron Anderson - photo by Peter Gannushkin
[photo by Peter Gannushki]

New York City-based math/prog/experimental outfit PAK announces an October tour of the West Coast US. The long-running act, with members of The Molecules, Cleric, Imperial Triumphant, and more formulating the current lineup, will be playing abroad in support of their Bestial full-length, released earlier this year via Nefarious Industries.

Produced by Ron Anderson, Bestial was recorded in two days at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves, in Queens, New York City with Colin Marston. The album was mixed and mastered by Anderson and completed with artwork by Will Argunas and layout by Greg Meisenberg. Bestial is a must-hear for fans of John Zorn, Dysrhythmia, Melvins, Stinking Lizaveta, and Gore.

Following sporadic live appearances across the East Coast in the wake of Bestial’s release, PAK now hits the West Coast US this fall. From October 10th through 20th PAK runs through California, Oregon, and Washington on a seven-city tour. Along the way they’ll share the stage with labelmates Oxx and Zvi as well as Mountaineer, Disastroid, and more.

Bestial is streaming and available on digital and CD; find merch and bundles RIGHT HERE.

PAK West Coast USA Tour:
10/10/2019 The Uptown – Oakland, CA w/ Disastroid, PG13, Onkos [info]
10/11/2019 Til-Two Club – San Diego, CA w/ Dreambro5, Peymaar [info]
10/13/2019 Sweet Springs – Los Osos, CA w/ Oxx, Mountaineer [info]
10/14/2019 Dwellpoint – Sacramento, CA w/ Gentleman Surfer [info]
10/16/2019 Turn Turn Turn – Portland, OR w/ Shahzad Ismaily, Zvi [info]
10/17/2019  Parliament Tavern – Seattle, WA w/ Sulphur [info]
10/20/2019 Winters – Pacifica, CA w/ Disastorid, Utopian Trap

Watch for new PAK live performances and tour dates to be announced later in the year.

For more than fifteen years of touring and recording, PAK has released six recordings on labels including Ra Sounds, Magaibutsu Japan, Tzadik, and others. Combining powerful avant metal, the complexity of prog rock, and inspired moments of improvisation, PAK’s music stands unique. Founder Ron Anderson is back on guitar with a more powerful heavier sound, while new recruits, bassist Steve Blanco (Imperial Triumphant) and drummer Larry Kwartowitz (Cleric) are helping in stretching the band’s previous boundaries, pushing PAK to new sonic directions.

PAK’s newest album Bestial is a surreal and cerebral experience. Feeling simultaneously both free-form and focused, familiar but unaccustomed, border-free but not without direction, the album flows through white-knuckled rhythm whiplash, otherworldly tones, tranquil plains of organic rock, and straight-up slamming, jarring jams. Seven expansive, explosive songs harness more than fifty-two minutes of immersive metallic, experimental rock, much of which remains primarily instrumental.

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OXX: Cvlt Nation Premieres “Labyrinth” Video By Danish Hardcore/Grind Outfit; Band Embarks On First US Tour Next Week – Earsplit Compound

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Aarhus, Denmark-based avant-hardcore act OXX presents a video their belligerent new LP, The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, following its release through Nefarious Industries in August. The new video for the track “Labyrinth” makes its public debut through a premiere at Cvlt Nation, just days ahead of the band’s maiden US tour which begins next week.

OXX offers, “For this video, we’ve teamed up with our friend, the splendid Christoffer Kroyer Magelund. He was the host from whom this parasitic chest-burster of self-promotion sprung forth, so naturally all the credit is his. Since this is the first video for our first release at Nefarious Industries, we set out with the ambition of creating a video worthy of our magnanimous label overlords. Quickly realizing that Nick Cage was way outside of our budget however, our youthful excitement quickly and severely dampened.

Luckily our Cagelessness turned out to be but a speedbump: At Christoffer’s behest, we opted instead to binge watch Kenneth Anger and heaps of Japanese new-wave until at the brink of sanity, and by some manic Charlie-Sheen-esque possession, the video sort of wrote itself from there. Resisting the pretentiousness of self-analysis, we’ve chosen just to contend with the fact that sound and video has entered some perverse symbiosis with no consideration whatsoever to whichever ambitions of symbolism and meaning we might have had. It probably means something, but thankfully I’ve no idea what the fuck it is. It looks fucking sick though.”

See OXX’s “Labyrinth” video at Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance is out now through Nefarious Industries on LP and digital via the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

OXX is preparing to launch their first US tour in the coming days. The sprawling DIY-booked trek begins on September 25th in Philadelphia and rampages across the country for more than a month, ending in New York City October 26th. Along the way, OXX will perform the new LP in its entirety, and will share the stage with a wide range of artists including Gnaw, Machinist!, Nefarious Industries kin Nequient, PAK, Mine Collapse, Those Darn Gnomes, Gridfailure, and Blackthorne, among others. OXX will also infuse members of Those Darn Gnomes into their lineup on the West Coast shows, and Gridfailure into some of the East Coast shows. See all confirmed dates below.

OXX US Tour 2019:
9/25/2019 Century Bar – Philadelphia, PA w/ Gridfailure, Somnolent, Warp and Weft [info]
9/26/2019 JC Studios – Jersey City, NJ w/ Cruelty, Psilocybe [info]
9/27/2019 Wonderland – Richmond, VA w/ Paint Store, Gorrak [info]
9/28/2019 The Come – Cincinnati, OH w/ Lashes, Eunoia [info]
9/29/2019 Part Wolf – Minneapolis, MN w/ Blackthorne, Conscripts [info]
9/30/2019 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI w/ The Swizzle, The Central, Hex House [info]
10/01/2019 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO w/ Le Grand, HMPH, Braingea [info]
10/02/2019 TBA – Denver, CO
10/03/2019 The Beehive – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Social Stigma, PTTGDBD [info]
10/04/2019 The Shredder – Boise, ID
10/05/2019 Azøth – Portland, OR w/ Huldrekall, Leafminer [info]
10/06/2019 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Turian, Minority Whip [info]
10/07/2019 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR w/ Kawaii Busters [info]
10/09/2019 Peace and Justice Center – San Jose, CA w/ Cyberplasm, Obsolete Sun
10/11/2019 The Void – San Bernardino, CA w/ Those Darn Gnomes, Christian Lovers
10/13/2019 Sweet Springs – Los Osos, CA w/ PAK, Mountaineer [info]
10/14/2019 Palo Verde Lounge – Tempe, AZ w/ Corkys Leather Jacket, Crank Lab Explosion, Stages of Grief [info]
10/16/2019 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM w/ Belinda, Mephalta [info]
10/17/2019 Unicorn’s Lair – Midland, TX
10/18/2019 Rubber Gloves Studios – Denton, TX w/ Akkolyte, Funeral Horse, Vaults of Zin [info]
10/19/2019 Santos – New Orleans, LA w/ Nequient, Leafdrinker
10/20/2019 Valdosta DIY House – Valdosta, GA w/ Nequient, Machinist! [info]
10/21/2019 529 – Atlanta, GA w/ Nequient, Apostle, The Lost Hours [info]
10/22/2019 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN w/ Nequient, Naildriver [info]
10/23/2019 Free Base – Indianapolis, IN w/ Nequient, Olam, Truus
10/24/2019 Liar’s Club – Chicago, IL w/ Nequient, Mine Collapse [info]
10/25/2019 Gooski’s – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Unfurl, Wastegate [info]
10/26/2019 El Cortez – Brooklyn, NY w/ Gnaw, bbigpigg [info]

OXX pushes their genre schizophrenia to its painstaking limits. Eschewing click-tracks, endless overdubbing, and micro-managing, the album is the sound of a cathartic, organic explosion bereft of glossy production and studio fuckery. The raw, spontaneous sound of the record acts as an extension of the lyrics; an unfiltered, feverish stream of thought – bits and pieces of novels, obscure cinema, video games, and more, all rushing by in a maelstrom of impressions of existence filtered through the eyes of the thoroughly unstable. The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, was recorded by OXX, mixed by Klaus “Q” Hedegaard, mastered by ET Mastering, with artwork by Aske A. Hvidtfeldt, photography by Malte Riis, and design by Greg Meisenberg.

OXX US TOUR 2019

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MetalMatters: August 2019 – A Quiet Month to Enjoy Loud Music – PopMatters

“Math rock, death metal, noise, sludge, crust, and a pinch of avant-metal tropes. Take all of that, put it in a mixer, and blend until homogeneous. Dress with infernal guttural vocals and sharp shrieks at will. Does it sound insane? Over the top? Impossible? That’s the sound of Denmark’s OXX trio on The Skeleton Is Just a Coat Hanger; These Are the Black Strings That Make You Dance. Wild and unpredictable, but oh so charmingly deranged. Music created in the spur of an eternal moment. Twisted riffs fight their way through weird effects of undefined origin and blaring saxophones while following lyrics that are cluttered with random paraphernalia rather than meaning. Tempo and rhythm changes abound. But there is always sense in this nonsense. Clusterfuck-core, they call it and invite us to breathe it in deep.” – Antonio Poscic / PopMatters

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OXX: The Skeleton… Album Review – Sputnikmusic

“Take a good, long look at the cover of this album. Drink in the abstract chaos of that pixelated vortex. Read the full title: The Skeleton Is Just a Coat Hanger; These Are the Black Strings That Make You Dance. Read it again; absorb every word like the curveballs that they are. With the presentation of their album, OXX are doing more than just piquing your interest. They’re setting the tone, establishing expectations for the experience they’re offering: a labyrinthine, nigh inscrutable experience whose scope far exceeds anything its 27-minute runtime would suggest. […] Like its title and cover, the album leaves its audience completely mystified as to what they’ve just experienced, yet captivated nonetheless.” – Sputnikmusic

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OXX: The Skeleton is Just a Coat Hanger; These Are the Black Strings That Make You Dance – ninehertz

DEP, Botch, Rolo Tomassi – there are reminders of all the common pointers, but the tech-y elements are brightly jaunty, and come packaged with a really heavy approach. […] like a sludge The Armed, on at twice speed, and as ridiculously brilliant as that sounds. The fierce riffs, the deadly vocals – there are elements which remain at the core of the album despite its eclectic nature, that will attract metal obsessives as much as mathcore beard strokers. The album energises you as you listen, OXX throwing everything into every second. It is conversely an exhausting yet exhilarating album to behold.” – ninehertz

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OXX: New Album By Danish Avant-Hardcore Act Streaming At Captured Howls; LP Sees Nefarious Industries Release Friday + US Tour Dates Announced – Earsplit Compound

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This Friday, Nefarious Industries releases The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, the decimating new LP by Aarhus, Denmark’s avant-hardcore crew, OXX. Ahead of its release, Captured Howls is now streaming the entire album as the band posts the routing on their impending maiden tour of the US.

Following their crushing 5/5 review of the album, Captured Howls offers with their advance stream of the record, “OXX’s new album The Skeleton Is Just A Coathanger, These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance bursts forth from the very first second like a vicious, starved animal lunging straight for you and never lets up. If you’re ready to experience the musical sensation of meeting your maker — you’re in luck. Listen exclusively for the first time down below to the full latest album from this wild Danish band.”

Stream OXX’s belligerently deranged LP in its entirety at Captured Howls RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance on LP and digital platforms this Friday, August 16th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE. Watch for new videos and more to be posted shortly.

OXX also hereby releases the routing for the band’s first US tour. The sprawling DIY-booked trek begins on September 25th in Philadelphia and rampages across the country for more than a month, ending in New York City October 26th. Along the way, OXX will perform the new LP in its entirety, and will share the stage with a wide range of artists including Gnaw, Blackthorne, and Nefarious Industries kin Nequient, PAK, Mine Collapse, Those Darn Gnomes, and Gridfailure, among many more. The band will also collaborate with some of the mentioned bands and additional guest musicians on many of the shows. See the confirmed dates below and watch for specific guest collaboration details to be issued in the days ahead.

OXX US Tour 2019:
9/25/2019 Century Bar – Philadelphia, PA w/ Gridfailure, Somnolent
9/26/2019 JC Studios – Jersey City, NJ w/ Cruelty
9/27/2019 Wonderland – Richmond, VA w/ Paint Store
9/28/2019 The Come – Cincinnati, OH w/ Lashes
9/29/2019 Part Wolf – Minneapolis, MN w/ Blackthorne, Conscripts
9/30/2019 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI w/ The Swizzle, The Central, Hex House
10/01/2019 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO w/ Le Grand
10/02/2019 TBA – Denver, CO
10/03/2019 The Underground – Salt Lake City, UT
10/04/2019 The Shredder – Boise, ID
10/05/2019 Azøth – Portland, OR
10/06/2019 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Turian, Minority Whip
10/07/2019 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
10/11/2019 The Void – San Bernardino, CA w/ Those Darn Gnomes, Christian Lovers
10/12/2019 TBA – Los Angeles, CA
10/13/2019 Sweet Springs – Los Osos, CA w/ PAK
10/16/2019 Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM w/ Belinda, Mephalta
10/17/2019 Unicorn’s Lair – Midland, TX
10/18/2019 Rubber Gloves Studios – Denton, TX w/ Nequient, Akkolyte, Funeral Horse, Vaults Of Zin
10/19/2019 Santos – New Orleans, LA w/ Nequient, Leafdrinker
10/20/2019 Valdosta DIY House – Valdosta, GA w/ Nequient
10/21/2019 529 – Atlanta, GA w/ Nequient, Apostle, The Lost Hours
10/22/2019 Hi Tone – Memphis, TN w/ Nequient, Naildriver
10/23/2019 State Street Pub – Indianapolis, IN w/ Nequient, Olam, Truus
10/24/2019 TBA – Chicago, IL w/ Nequient, Mine Collapse
10/25/2019 TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
10/26/2019 El Cortez – Brooklyn, NY w/ Gnaw, bbigpigg

OXX pushes their genre schizophrenia to its painstaking limits. Eschewing click-tracks, endless overdubbing, and micro-managing, the album is the sound of a cathartic, organic explosion bereft of glossy production and studio fuckery. The raw, spontaneous sound of the record acts as an extension of the lyrics; an unfiltered, feverish stream of thought – bits and pieces of novels, obscure cinema, videogames, and more, all rushing by in a maelstrom of impressions of existence filtered through the eyes of the thoroughly unstable. The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, was recorded by OXX, mixed by Klaus “Q” Hedegaard, mastered by ET Mastering, with artwork by Aske A. Hvidtfeldt, photography by Malte Riis, and design by Greg Meisenberg.

“Thanks for checking in, and welcome to The Skeleton Is Just A Coathanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance; fucking stoked you’re here, OXX collectively states. “Seeing as the whole thing is finally out now, we figure that most of the talking should be left to the music at this point. Besides, all of this, and what we hope to convey above all else here, something very deliberately prepared, but thoroughly unhinged in its expression and execution. It’s a record created in a hysterical, phantasmagorical state, not so much psychedelic, as it was psychotic. Which is exactly the point here. The Skeleton… is both about, and a product OF a complete lack of control and orientation. And perhaps about figuring out, that once lost, there’s no reclaiming that control. That whatever the fuck’s pulling the strings, it’s probably not you. But at least you’re fucking dancing, right?”

OXX US Tour 2019

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OXX: The Skeleton Is Just A Coathanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance – Everything Is Noise

OXX has not only made a record called The Skeleton Is Just A Coathanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, which is a feat in itself, they also managed to make it uncompromisingly unique… weird melodies, nail-biting dissonances, and rhythms that would make free-jazz musicians confused. This is mathcore that doesn’t need any fancy effects or elaborate passages, this is mathcore that is supposed to be fun and have some raw, expressive chops.” – Everything Is Noise

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Bathe In The Caustic Storm Of OXX’s Brand New Utterly Insane Avant-garde Hardcore – Captured Howls

“There’s not any clear way to overstate how off-the-walls insane the new record from Denmark’s avant-garde hardcore crew OXX really is. Called The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, the seven tracks of compact, suffocating music chart a course of absolute sonic destruction that remarkably enough, doesn’t end there. […] There’s not just a rage that in a huff is done — there’s a deeply set, constructive emotional and musical resonance embedded in this destruction that could easily stick with you.” – Captured Howls

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Oxx Rock Out With Some Seriously Unstable Hardcore On “Screwdriver Hymn” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“Pay attention, idiot… “Screwdriver Hymn” has a floor-scraping bass riff that the guitars lurch alongside, flirting with math-rock guitar noodling and chaotic, dissonant hardcore scrapes that fans of KEN mode and GAZA will enjoy, just as much as the fans of Clutch might enjoy the dirty southern-friend groove that closes the track. It’s a mess, but it’s fantastic.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

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OXX: Heavy Blog Is Heavy Delivers “Screwdriver Hymn” By Danish Avant-Hardcore Act As New LP Nears Nefarious Industries Release – Earsplit Compound

OXX live photo by Nikolaj Bransholm
[photo by Nikolaj Bransholm]

Heavy Blog Is Heavy is hosting a stream of “Screwdriver Hymn,” a whiplashing new single from Aarhus, Denmark-based avant-hardcore outfit OXX, and their impending new LP, The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance. The album is approaching release through Nefarious Industries next week, after which, the band will embark on their first US tour.

On their newest release, OXX pushes their genre schizophrenia to its painstaking limits. Eschewing click-tracks, endless overdubbing, and micro-managing, the album is the sound of a cathartic, organic explosion bereft of glossy production and studio fuckery. The raw, spontaneous sound of the record acts as an extension of the lyrics; an unfiltered, feverish stream of thought – bits and pieces of novels, obscure cinema, videogames, and more, all rushing by in a maelstrom of impressions of existence filtered through the eyes of the thoroughly unstable.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, was recorded by OXX, mixed by Klaus “Q” Hedegaard, mastered by ET Mastering, with artwork by Aske A. Hvidtfeldt, photography by Malte Riis, and design by Greg Meisenberg.

The members of OXX write, “Trying to align our hyperactive musical impulses with that kind of intention, we’ve had a hoot cross-breeding sludgy riffs and discombobulating time-signature fuckscapes into an amorphous blob of a song; a banging-your-head-but-never-knowing-to-which-beat kinda deal. Whether or not that succeeded will be for you and your, hopefully, soon to be broken shit and fucked-on floor to decide. Thanks for listening!”

Heavy Blog Is Heavy writes with the premiere, “’Screwdriver Hymn’ has a floor-scraping bass riff that the guitars lurch alongside,  flirting with math-rock guitar noodling and chaotic, dissonant hardcore scrapes that fans of KEN mode and Gaza will enjoy, just as much as the fans of Clutch might enjoy the dirty southern-friend groove that closes the track. It’s a mess, but it’s fantastic.”

Unload OXX’s “Screwdriver Hymn” streaming at Heavy Blog Is Heavy RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance on LP and digital platforms next Friday, August 16th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp where “Birthday Song” is also streaming HERE. Videos from the album and more are also awaiting release.

OXX is DIY booking their upcoming maiden US tour in conjunction with the album’s release. The month-long trek will cover most of the US, running from September 26th through October 26th. Watch for the full routing to be posted as the album sees release in the coming days.

OXX is shamelessly doing whatever pleases them. The band been working toward an auditory mindfuck since 2012. All three members of OXX have previously been active in both the Danish punk/metal scene and heaps of weird shit such as avant/free music, afrobeat, and film scoring. Originally formed to bridge the gap between these seemingly disparate genres, the band has since grown into a feral beast of its own. Ripping feverishly through math, noise, sludge, crust, avant-garde, and whichever other subgenre of extreme music imaginable. One might perhaps call it clusterfuck-core, but if that’s hard to picture, try getting blackout drunk and beating yourself to death with a Thomas Pynchon door stopper; that should put you in the ballpark.

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Track Premiere: Getting Crazy-Weird with OXX’s “Birthday Song” – Decibel Magazine

“For a band to title its latest record The Skeleton is Just a Coat Hanger; These are the Black Strings that Make You Dance, well, you gotta think they’re either existing in a completely different universe and playing on a separate astral plane than most of the rest of us, or they’re just not playing with a full deck. So, there you have it: that’s the title of the forthcoming album by this trio from Aarhus, Denmark and aside from strangely reminding me of my father’s favourite way to insult me when I was a kid (“Why don’t you use your head for something other than a hat rack?”), it’s also a title that denotes some of the craziest avant-extreme metallic hardcore in recent memory.” – Decibel Magazine

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OXX: Decibel Magazine Streams “Birthday Song” By Danish Avant-Hardcore Act; New LP Nears Nefarious Industries Release + US Tour Looms – Earsplit Compound

OXX live photo by Nikolaj Bransholm
[photo by Nikolaj Bransholm]

Decibel Magazine is now streaming “Birthday Song” by Aarhus, Denmark-based avant-hardcore outfit OXX. The new single strikes as the band’s new LP, The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, nears August release through Nefarious Industries. The band’s first US tour is also being booked in conjunction with the album’s release.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, was recorded by OXX, mixed by Klaus “Q” Hedegaard, mastered by ET Mastering, with artwork by Aske A. Hvidtfeldt, photography by Malte Riis, and design by Greg Meisenberg.

The members of OXX offer on the LP’s first single, “’Birthday Song’ is a song about birthdays. It was the first song written for the record, and as it turns out, just spazmodic and hectic enough that it manages to briefly round the corners of most of the musical and lyrical themes of the auditive clusterfuck that is The Skeleton… As is the case for most of the lyrics on the record, ‘Birthday Song’ is an attempt at devising an appropriate/satisfactory literary vehicle for issues of a psychiatric, psycho-social and existential nature. For reasons too lengthy and self-indulgent to list, a weird kind of meta-text, and an equally fucked up sense of spatiality became the two most prominent lyrical currents of the record. Staircases, graves, and open vistas interweave in a distorted Escheresque hellscape, all in the midst of a text collapsing on itself….

But fuck that pretentious shit. This is a song mostly about birthdays and insanity, but a bit about Swedish discus thrower Ricky Bruch as well. It fucking rips, and the drums go boom super-fast and super-slow, there’s riffs of both the sludgy and the mathy variety, screams and growls and yells and fucking saxophones!”

The Decibel write-up offers in part, “For a band to title its latest record The Skeleton is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, well, you gotta think they’re either existing in a completely different universe and playing on a separate astral plane than most of the rest of us, or they’re just not playing with a full deck. So, there you have it: that’s the title of the forthcoming album by this trio from Aarhus, Denmark and aside from strangely reminding me of my father’s favorite way to insult me when I was a kid (‘Why don’t you use your head for something other than a hat rack?’), it’s also a title that denotes some of the craziest avant-extreme metallic hardcore in recent memory.”

Stream OXX’s “Birthday Song” at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance on LP and digital platforms on August 16th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

OXX is currently booking the band’s first US tour, which will follow shortly after the release of the new album. Watch for the early fall routing to be posted in the days ahead, alongside additional audio and video previews from the album.

OXX is shamelessly doing whatever pleases them. The band been working toward an auditory mindfuck since 2012. All three members of OXX have previously been active in both the Danish punk/metal scene and heaps of weird shit such as avant/free music, afrobeat, and film scoring. Originally formed to bridge the gap between these seemingly disparate genres, the band has since grown into a feral beast of its own. Ripping feverishly through math, noise, sludge, crust, avant-garde, and whichever other subgenre of extreme music imaginable. One might perhaps call it clusterfuck-core, but if that’s hard to picture, try getting blackout drunk and beating yourself to death with a Thomas Pynchon door stopper; that should put you in the ballpark.

On their newest release, The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You DanceOXXpushes their genre schizophrenia to its painstaking limits. Eschewing click-tracks, endless overdubbing, and micro-managing, the album is the sound of a cathartic, organic explosion bereft of glossy production and studio fuckery. The raw, spontaneous sound of the record acts as an extension of the lyrics; an unfiltered, feverish stream of thought – bits and pieces of novels, obscure cinema, videogames, and more, all rushing by in a maelstrom of impressions of existence filtered through the eyes of the thoroughly unstable.

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OXX: Danish Hardcore Act To Release The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance LP Via Nefarious Industries; Preorders Posted – Earsplit Compound

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This summer, Nefarious Industries will deliver the destructive new LP by Aarhus, Denmark-based avant hardcore outfit OXXThe Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance. The record has been confirmed for August release while the band takes off on tour in support of the record, and preorders have been posted.

OXX is shamelessly doing whatever pleases them. The band been working toward an auditory mindfuck since 2012. All three members of OXX have previously been active in both the Danish punk/metal scene and heaps of weird shit such as avant/free music, afrobeat, and film scoring. Originally formed to bridge the gap between these seemingly disparate genres, the band has since grown into a feral beast of its own. Ripping feverishly through math, noise, sludge, crust, avant-garde, and whichever other subgenre of extreme music imaginable. One might perhaps call it clusterfuck-core, but if that’s hard to picture, try getting blackout drunk and beating yourself to death with a Thomas Pynchon door stopper; that should put you in the ballpark.

On their newest release, The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You DanceOXX push their genre schizophrenia to its painstaking limits. Eschewing click-tracks, endless overdubbing, and micro-managing, the album is the sound of a cathartic, organic explosion bereft of glossy production and studio fuckery. The raw, spontaneous sound of the record acts as an extension of the lyrics; an unfiltered, feverish stream of thought – bits and pieces of novels, obscure cinema, videogames, and more, all rushing by in a maelstrom of impressions of existence filtered through the eyes of the thoroughly unstable.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, was recorded by OXX, mixed by Klaus “Q” Hedegaard, mastered by ET Mastering, with artwork by Aske A. Hvidtfeldt, photography by Malte Riis, and design by Greg Meisenberg.

See a brief album teaser at THIS LOCATION.

Nefarious Industries will release The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance on LP and digital platforms on August 16th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE. Watch for audio and video premieres from the album to be posted over the weeks ahead. Also watch for both Euro and North American tour dates to be announced.

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The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance Track Listing:
1. Labyrinth (Minotaur Hymn)
2. Screwdriver Hymn
3. Birthday Song
4. Trespassers
5. A Multiplicity of Endings
6. Circle
7. The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance

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OXX: Danish Avant Hardcore Act Announces New Tour Dates; Trailer Issued For Nefarious Industries-Bound LP – Earsplit Compound

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As Nefarious Industries prepares for the spring release the new LP by Danish avant hardcore outfit OXX, the band will hit the road on several short live runs through the rest of the winter season. A brief trailer featuring a short clip of audio from the impending LP – titled The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance – has also been issued.

Aarhus, Denmark-based trio OXX is a trio shamelessly doing whatever pleases them. The band been working toward an auditory mindfuck since 2012. All three members of OXX have previously been active in both the Danish punk/metal scene and heaps of weird shit such as avant/free music, afrobeat, and film scoring. Originally formed to bridge the gap between these seemingly disparate genres, OXX has since grown into a feral beast of its own. OXX rips feverishly through math, noise, sludge, crust, avant-garde, and whichever other subgenre of extreme music imaginable. One might perhaps call it clusterfuck-core, but if that’s hard to picture, try getting blackout drunk and beating yourself to death with a Thomas Pynchon door stopper; that should put you in the ballpark.

See the brief album teaser for OXX’s The Skeleton… at THIS LOCATION.

The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance will see release on vinyl and digital release through Nefarious Industries this spring; watch for a confirmed release date, audio/video samples from the record, and more to be posted in the coming days.

OXX is booking weekend warrior excursions preceding the LP’s release, leading with a pair of shows in Aarhaus February 15th and Aalborg on February 16th. The band has another set of shows in March, at Baahl Fest 2.0 in Odense March 1st and a gig in Copenhagen March 2nd. Watch for more tour dates to follow shortly.

OXX Tour Dates:
2/15/2019 UKH – Aarhus, DK w/ Hiraki, We Are Among Storms [info]
2/16/2019 1000fryd – Aalborg, DK w/ Hiraki, We Are Among Storms, Fredsfyrsten [info]
3/01/2019 Baahl Fest 2.0 – Odense, DK w/ Hiraki, Dead Witch [info]
3/02/2019 Beta – Copenhagen, DK w/ Hiraki, We Are Among Storms, Telos [info]

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OXX: Danish Avant Hardcore Outfit To Release New LP Through Nefarious Industries In March – Earsplit PR

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Nefarious Industries is hyped to announce the impending release of the unhinged new album by Aarhus, Denmark-based trio OXX. The debilitating new LP – titled, The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance, or lovingly abbreviated as The Skeleton… – is being finalized for release in March.

OXX is a Danish trio shamelessly doing whatever pleases them. The band has been working toward an auditory mindfuck since 2012. All three members of OXX have previously been active in both the Danish punk/metal scene and heaps of weird shit such as avant/free music, afrobeat, and film scoring. Originally formed to bridge the gap between these seemingly disparate genres, OXX has since grown into a feral beast of its own.

OXX rips feverishly through math, noise, sludge, crust, avant-garde, and whichever other subgenre of extreme music imaginable. One might perhaps call it clusterfuck-core, but if that’s hard to picture, try getting blackout drunk and beating yourself to death with a Thomas Pynchon door stopper; that should put you in the ballpark.

Watch for a confirmed street date and full details on The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance including audio/video samples, preorders, and more to be issued in the days ahead. Tour plans for OXX are also in the planning stages.

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