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Released: 2011, Self Released
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
XII Boar is a stoner/doom trio from the UK currently promoting their new demo EP, XII. Available as a free download via Bandcamp, XII is a stellar trip into sludge induced bliss. Combining Motorhead’s swagger, Sabbath’s downtrodden doom, and the swinging crunch of C.O.C., XII Boar has crafted a rockin’ formula that instantly got my attention.
Opening with the death n’ roll delivery of “Train Wreck,” XII Boar immediately boast a knack for writing simple, yet catchy riffs. Carried by riffs with equal ingredients of blues and punk, the tune gets your head banging and your hips shaking. “Beg, Borrow, Steal” sounds like a hybrid of Cathedral, Clutch, and Eyehategod – so yeah, it’s pretty awesome. “Sludge” is an instrumental rocker that begins with some traditional doom laden stomp before shifting gears into a straight up whiskey bar jam session. “S.K.O.L.” is the most outright “metal” of the four tracks on XII, with some percussive rolls and a more aggressively intent delivery.
So yeah - why shouldn’t you take a few seconds out of your day to go to XII Boar’s website and download XII for free? There isn’t one, go download it NOW. Seriously though, the four tracks on XII are all pretty kick ass and bode exceptionally well for XII Boar’s future. I may have completely stumbled upon XII Boar, but freak me, I’m glad I did. XII has quickly become one of my favorite listens of 2011 so far, so doom fans unite and check out XII Boar for sure.
1. Train Wreck
2. Beg, Borrow, Steal
Tommy Hardrocks - Guitar & Vocals
Adam Thomas - Bass & Backing Vocals
David Wilbraham – Drums
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