XEX's disc "Mixed Signals" is at times very heavy, at times emotional, and
at times just fun. The song "Get Shit Faced" is particularly amusing. The
technicality on this disc waxes and wanes, there is some excellent guitar
work, and nice drumming. The vocals from song to song are all over the
place in style. Almost every song is different, track 6, "Creature" has
double bass, crazy leads, and death vocals with clean(er) parts thrown in.
You can feel like you popped in The Mentors one second, Offspring the
next, Alice in Chains after that, then Seven Mary Three next. And the list
goes on in influences and styles from 80's rock bands to metal bands, 90's
grunge to recent rock styles. You can even find classical made metal with
songs like track 8, "Wolfgang's 40", and "Amadeus Jig" which are pretty
cool and kind of funny.
"Mixed Signals" really is a diverse body of work. "...."
All in all, a trip.