X-TINXION - ACT THE INJURED INNOCENT (Independent)
A little while ago, I received Dutch Thrash Metal band X-Tinxion’s second demo CD called “Act Of Injured Innocence” during the 2014 edition of Belgium based Metal Over Oostrozebeke Festival. The venue was packed with loads of maniacs ready to support their favourite bands, it was a very pleasant evening where Metal from Holland and Belgium ruled as one big family. Back Attack had the opportunity to let the temperature increase with a nice set of Classic Heavy Metal cover tracks, Disquiet set the place on fire with their own forces of high energy melodic Death/Thrash Metal. Local act Eternal Breath was next and did what it had to do to spoil their large number of fans, delivering a combustible blend of Power/Thrash Metal. Belgium’s best Progressive/Power Metal band Dyscordia demonstrated once again their expertise this genre may concern… they were just brilliant! Yeah I know, I forgot to mention one band named X-Tinxion but that was on purpose. This female fronted band showed us their true nature, delivering thrash with a nod to the almighty Bay Area scene !
Under the slogan “great music is timeless”, I’d like to present you X-Tinxion’s five song EP called “Act The Injured Innocent”, originally released back in 2010. The vocals of Monica Janssen are extremely agile… she has no problem using her throat in a raw/death grunt way and I didn’t noticed one single issue while delivering vitrolic/aggressive vocal lines as well. On top of this, she is also being able to useher voice on aregular, so called clean manner also. Kimberly Goss (ex-Sinergy) meets Sabina Classen (Holy Moses) meets Maurice Swinkels (Legion Of The Damned). According to my own assessment, Monica Janssen is one of the best female singers in the area of Thrash Metal these days. Another added value is that she’s surrounded by two outstanding guitarists (Frans Swaters and Conrad Hultermans) to supply a constant mutual strife with regard to lightning fast riffings and fantastic leads which keep the melodic content pretty high and mighty. Misscha V. Rodijnen’s bass works are managed to surprise me pleasantly, even at the technical level he scores my sincere approval. The most imposing figure in this motley company is Peter V. Toren. With the looks of almighty Chuck Billy (Testament)/Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel), he shows no repent once taking place behind his drumthrone. Drumheads, cymbals, kicks, toms be taken care with a lot of aggression but Peter is still able to keep everything under control… well skilled musician without a doubt.
X-Tinxion’s “Act The Injured Innocent” has been loaded with five songs which catapulting me back into the good old Bay Area Thrash Metal scene. One by one, these songs take me by the throat due to similarities with Gods of Thrash like: Testament/Death Angel/Exodus/Defiance/Demolition Hammer. To name just a few, you should check out ‘Messiah’ and its rousing tempi, aggressive character and… what a fantastic guitar solo with beautiful melodic lines in major activity ! Monica proves its professional vocals on ‘Genetic Sickness’ with complete devotion. This song’s refrain bings nearly clear vocals alternating with harsh/crude voice characteristics throughout the entire running time. X-Tinxion never lose the sense of aggressiveness and technical competense… great song once again !
I can conclude this discussion with a very good feel, the sound quality is brilliant and about the music X-Tinxion offers I am very excited… Thrash Metal should sound like this ! Following the good old Bay Area tradition, “Act The Injured Innocent” is a must-have for all those taking this superb gem close to their heart. X-Tinxion convinced me both as a live and studio formation and I’m still hoping on a sophomore album to release soon. I guess that, after four years, the time has arrived to spoil the Thrash Metal community with another highlight. I’d like to describe the EP as one of Holland’s most interesting Thrash Metal cuts in years ! Never too late to order, do it on the double right HERE.
My Points: 89 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish