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Noxagt - Noxagt Review

by Mark Hensch

Convulsing like some sort of demented slinky, the totally instrumental rhythm section wankery and manic guitar lines put forth by the Norwegian outfit known as Noxagt on their new self-titled LP is sure to intrigue. Muddy, dirty, and little wild, the seven tracks of angular, apocalyptic instrumentals on offer here slither and sway like ferns in the wind. At times, the tracks have a mild tendency to begin blurring together, but thankfully this is a rare occurrence and the disc itself is short, concise, and diverse. Without any form of vocals, it had better be for that matter.

"Histrionix" kick starts your heart with a taunting, angular riff and churning bass lines over fairly complex drum rolls. The biting "Wall's End" has low end funk written into the jamming, vaguely sinister riffs it effortlessly emits, the song features unique interplay between rising and falling notes. A surprisingly rocking interlude soon follows, and the song manages to be abstract, catchy, and oddly surreal all at the same time. "Soft Sugar" goes right for the jugular with an abrasive, sandpaper-to-the-face kind of riff, later on dissolving into sweeter fair. All of it is definitely tasty, but not always good for your health, just like its namesake. "Ninety Parallels Ago" is probably my favorite song on the album, its loopy doom theatrics being a welcome moment of droning amp worship to glorify in. "Coefficient Ascender" is almost a polar opposite to "Ninety Parallels Ago" in the fact that it's bizarre structure is that of a rock anthem by Primus. Fast, frenetic, and even furious, the song eventually explodes into swirling vortex of chaos that's actually pretty wicked. "Satin Vengeance" is an ongoing avalanche of crushing sound, stomping riffs and furious percussion beating you down. Closing opus "The Impious One" starts off with a wistful set of deep riffs that meander a bit, all before closing in on well-focused, massive sludge. It is a great close to the album, when all is said and done.

Noxagt come with a unique take on the musical aspects of rock music, and this collection of skittering, sludge-drenched anthems should not be missed. You may not be able to sing along to them one iota, but I'll be damned if they don't rock pretty hard, space you out, or drop your jaw at least once each somewhere along the way to the end.

Track List
1. Histrionix
2. Wall's End
3. Soft Sugar
4. Ninety Parallels Ago
5. Coefficient Ascender
6. Satin Vengeance
7. The Impious One

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Noxagt - Noxagt

Label:LOAD Records

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