May 21, 2024

XXOt – Ажур (Album – Insane Records)

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Genre/Influences: Industrial, Electro, Electro-Pop, Experimental.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: XXOT is a new Russian name featuring members of Sleetgrout and Fetish’ist. This debut album features eight songs.

Content: It’s not an easy thing defining the sound of this band. They call it ‘Sensual-Industrial’, which is true for the half-like whispering female vocals. The Industrial side emerges from the bombast of the slow rhythms joined by guitar playing although some passages are clearly moving into Pop and even Electro-Rock.

+ + + : XXOt clearly deals with a very own sound and that’s an approach I always appreciate. Together with hot production of the vocals, it clearly reveals an interesting potential. But vocals aren’t nothing without a carrying sound. I like the bombast and some of the Electronic arrangements like the ominous tune emerging at “Дядя Миша”. Another attention grabber is “Там где никто” for the slow progression leading to a climax.

– – – : The Russian language injects a very specific- although hardly accessible aspect to the work.Some parts are a bit too into Electro-Rock to my taste.

Conclusion: XXOt deals with creative ideas, which now have to be elaborated and improved.

Best songs: “Дядя Миша”, “Там где никто”.

Rate: 6½.



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