Merry Fucking Christmas: NOX CULT Releases Live EP

NOX CULT-Fucking Live

NOX CULT-Fucking Live

This EP is a warning: you’re about to drown in a pool of fire.Fucking Live is the first EP from the local New York band NOX CULT.  In anticipation of the eventual release of a full album, they’ve recorded three of their most commonly played live songs and mixed them.  The result is a gloriously raw piece of audio that makes the muscles in my throat clench.  Like their live shows, these songs carry a feeling of recklessness and vitriol.  On every playback I can envision seeing their stage antics.  Still, even without the ringing in my ears, this EP makes my feet stomp and causes me to grin foolishly.  Good god, this band is deliciously violent.

Elephant, the first song, carries all of the stomping fury that it would seeing them on stage.  Soda’s guitar is furious and heart-pounding, and Monkey bangs out the loudest Hulk-level beats.  Cymbals crash so loudly you could practically feel the sweat spewing from Monkey’s hair.  The last third of the song is especially explosive.  Soda’s vocals are more present and jarringly raw.  Being accustomed to NOX CULT’s live sound, listening to this mix takes an adjustment, but it is sure worth it.  These more isolated vocals allow for a better understanding of the lyrics, taken from the perspective of a caged animal.  In my mind’s eye, I can see a large grey beast, covered in blood, tearing its chains from the ground and crushing befuddled syphilitic carnies under giant gray feet.

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Maniacs begins with the long and ominous cut of Charles Manson eschewing modern society.  The first few bars serve as a warning, as if to introduce the type of carnie psychosis you’re in for over the course of the next four minutes.  Fox’s bass thuds with fat deep notes.  Maniacs carries a foreboding within it, as if to say “We are coming to get you, and you can’t get away.”  And I would believe it.  The name “NOX CULT” is not a misnomer; local fans come to shows rabid and ready to feast. A human sacrifice wouldn’t be out of place.  Soda and Fox share manic and furious vocals (Soda screaming, Fox growling) as if through mouths covered in blood.  Despite the odd guitar twang at the beginning of the song, Maniacs remains the standout song of the EP, and my favorite all around.

The last live piece is Unpopular Kids, a song that clearly heralds from the youth of every fucked up and miserable metalhead kid who dealt with all of the utter stupidity surrounding surrounding their formative years.  The lyrics speak from the heart, offering the kind of message of hope and redemption that we lust for (one that involves our least favorite cheerleaders becoming dope fiends).  Wry and full of delicious hatred, this song revels in the kind of schadenfreude that every wronged teen dreams about while writing shitty essays.

NOX CULT’s first recorded offering is a delicious communion wafer dipped in blood.  It serves to wet the palette in anticipation of more; some of us have been waiting for a while to listen to songs like Friends and Snakes and With Knives on repeat.  But believe me, this taste is satisfying.

Pick it up from their website on Christmas Day; it’s not even expensive.

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