xGADDAVÍRx & AAIIEENN – “xGADDAVÍRx & AAIIEENN” Cassette (2018)

I don’t understand how this collaboration came to be.  xGADDAVÍRx are pure hardcore, AAIIEENN is all about angular and sharp electronica.  How did they end up sharing a four-track cassette release?  Honestly I don’t know what’s happening in the world right now.  Everything is turned upside down, and nothing makes sense any more, other than the fact that my creditors still expect to get paid on time each and every month.  Nothing will get in the way of The Man and your money.

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xGADDAVÍRx & AAIIEENN is short on details, though Spotify seems to be pointing in the right general direction.  The second of the four tracks, “Bár”, is a brief taste of AAIIEENN solo, but the other three are collaborations.  “Freki Karlinn” and “Kominn Með Nóg” are hardcore at their cores, with AAIIEENN adding some electro touches for good measure.  But it’s the B side track “Hypersurface” that brings the magic, using AAIIEENN’s brand of electronica as the musical foundation onto which xGADDAVÍRx’s harsh, hardcore vocals are overlaid.  The dichotomy is jarring to say the least, but also intriguing as hell.  Give the whole thing a listen HERE and hear it for yourself.

xGADDAVÍRx – “Lífið Er Refsing” 7″ (2017)

xgaddavirxI wasn’t planning on writing about xGADDAVÍRx’s four-song 7″ from last summer, Lífið Er Refsing.  Not because I have anything against xGADDAVÍRx, or hardcore, or the town of Akranes, Iceland where they’re from.  It’s because 7″ records are short and that often makes them hard to write about.  But after hearing how catchy these songs are, I had to tell you at least a little about them if for no other reasons that hopefully a few folks will read this and checkout the record.

Hardcore isn’t normally my thing, and it’s also not something you generally associated with the word “catchy”, which I wrote in the above paragraph.  The vocals are pure hardcore, and the musical pace careens back and forth between hardcore and West Coast thrash.  The riffs on the second half of “Kýldur” are reminiscent of early Megadeth, while the pace of “Harðir Tímar Kalla á Hart áfengi” could easily be mistaken for Suicidal Tendencies.  That’s not, however, to imply that xGADDAVÍRx sound like either of those two bands; they’ve got their own thing going on, and it works.

Give ’em a chance on Bandcamp HERE.