ZODIAC PANTHERS: Hexray Vision: 7” EP

I wanted to say that this sounded like the guy from Guida singing over the third Urinals single, but then I decided that the quality of any given review is not found in how accurately the reviewer can cull accurate references from the depths of their offhand musical knowledge, but, instead, in how accurately the reviewer can transmit a suitable mental portrait of the reviewable being reviewed into the reader’s mind (plus, I also found out this band was from North Carolina, not Italy, which gave me premise for self-doubt). Therefore, I have decided to say that it sounds like a bunch of boxes of groceries falling down steps at an airplane hangar while giant mutated guitars gnaw the skulls of the unworthy like rats on Pickle Rick. I suppose fleeting comparisons to the sonic qualities of the Pack and fellow Tar Heel State alumni Antiseen would not be completely amiss either, but now I’m back to culling references and not talking about boxes of groceries falling down the steps at an airplane hangar again. The fact that this powerful and clearly addled crew can make such delightful bashing come out so frigging LOUD on record is a thing of great wonder, especially given the established historical precedent that the 7” 33 format tends to come out notoriously shitty sounding. Ah, who am I kidding? They had me at “Hexray!” BEST SONG: “Outside of the World.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Hexray Vision.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Many records come with the plea to “PLAY LOUD.” This one comes with instructions to “PLAY IT OVER AND OVER.” –Rev. Nørb (Angie’s Records And Hair)