Wax Mekanix / Troll Teeth – Blunt (Split EP)
Electric Talon Records
Release Date: 22/10/2021
Running Time: 14.32
Review by Alun Jones
Now the good folks at Electric Talon Records issued this split EP back in October last year, so yet again, apologies for my tardiness. I’ll think of an excuse by the end of this review. For now, let’s just cover some basic info: two bands, namely Troll Teeth and Wax Mekanix, with five songs split between them. Style-wise, we’re in for a journey – so stay sharp.
Wax Mekanix is an artist I’m already familiar with from his exceptional ‘Mobocracy’ album from 2020. That record covered a wide base genre wise, from hard rock to folky guitar and any number of surprises in between. Wax hasn’t stood still, instead deciding to venture into yet newer fields with the three tracks shared here. So first up we get ‘Head’, an enticing blend of acoustic guitar, tribal drums and percussion, plus rowdy vocals. There’s no ferocious riffage here, but the infectious rhythms and Eastern sounding chords will drag any listener along.
‘Manchester Strawberry Blonde’ is a short interlude, with almost Native American percussion, augmented with lyrics that recount a despairingly tragic incident. The lyrics on all tracks are worth a read, particularly here. Wax’s final offering is ‘Freak Boutique’, where the mellow acoustic guitar is embellished again with Eastern rhythms. As a result, this is less campfire singalong and more a voyage across exotic lands.
Troll Teeth have the best band name I’ve heard in years. Thankfully, they can also deliver some righteous music too. ‘The Pigs are on Parade Today’ has a dense, mid-paced stoner rock approach that is instantly cinematic: perfectly appropriate for watching vast desert skies growing dark and the heavens lighting up. ‘Barbs on a Wire’ is more aggressive, but still retains a sense of melody along with the rolling, raucous riff. It’s progressive in the best sense of the word and also addictive with its relentless, undulating drive and fiery lead guitar. If you dig Baroness, you’ll dig this.
At first listen, the two bands here seem somewhat different – but it becomes obvious that they’re tied together by their expansive, wide view of the world – and its sounds. Wax Mekanix and Troll Teeth are both visionaries. Here’s to hearing a new full length from each, soon.
What was that? What was my excuse for this review being so late? Well, ah … I had completed it ages ago, honest, but Ozzy Osbourne ate it.
01. Head (Wax Mekanix)
02. Manchester Strawberry Blonde (Wax Mekanix)
03. Freak Boutique (Wax Mekanix)
04. The Pigs Are on Parade Today (Troll Teeth)
05. Barbs on a Wire (Troll Teeth)
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