More killer punk from everybody’s favorite French Oi! perfectionists. Baptême Du Feu (which translates to Baptism by Fire) is the third Rixe 7” now and they show no signs of fatigue. They’re as urgent and powerful as ever – a gruff and spirited sound that pushes adrenaline into overdrive.
“Paris-Est” is a standout track. It starts off with a killer marching-style drum beat, which leads way to a spiking onslaught of hoarse precision. And the sprinkle on top is the cool echo effect on the vocals at the end of the chorus. Whether Rixe have some tricks up the sleeves of their pressed Ben Shermans, remains to be seen. But there’s a strong hint they do.
The appeal of Rixe for me (aside from being an Oi! band that I actually like) has always been the guitars. It’s a sound that’s really hard to describe but you know it when you hear it – a menacing, scorching tone that stabs its way into you core, leaving you no choice but to shoot a fist into the air and charge forward. There’s really no way to listen to this without turning the volume all the way up, and then pushing it just a stitch more to where you almost break the knob off.
At this point I’m not sure any physical copies of these left, but the good news is La Vida is releasing a 12” that will have all three EPs on it. So, get that on your radar, like, now.
8.0 / 10
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