It’s often that when a powerviolence band strings together a dozen tracks for an EP that it can feel rushed and non-sequential. This is most definitely not the case for Raleigh, North Carolina’s newest heavy hitters Oxidant. Featuring members of NoComply, Supressive Fire and Gas Chamber, there is no doubt that Oxidant would deliver the goods. The band offers an audio assault with their twelve tracks of unrelenting grind. True to the genres punk roots, there are no frills or bullshit, just savage, ravaging power.
From the astonishing guitar-playing to KJ’s raw and visceral vocals, Oxidant prove that they know their way around the genre that they have thrust themselves into. Of course, bassist Will Butler is no stranger to the game, as he has spent a good chunk of his life laying down licks as well as being the founder of To Live A Lie Records, where some of grind and powerviolence’s best and brightest (or darkest?) have released albums.
The thing I love the most about Oxidant’s Deconstruct EP is that, like I stated earlier, it doesn’t feel rushed at all and actually flows superbly from track to track. Another aspect that I absolutely adore is the frequent bass-driven breaks during a raw, aggressive track. The beginning of the track “M.I.P.” will definitely get your juices flowing and give you a ton of room to bang your head against the table or whatever surface may be in front of you. “Guillotine” follows suit and stands as one of the slower tracks as it builds, but it is one of my favorites because it starts fast and drives furiously.
“Third Crack” contains some of the nastiest material this album has to offer and it’s a serious contender for my favorite track. KJs vocals are stunning and almost sound like they are being liberated from their throat with a hot poker. “Intercom” is one of those ten-second doozies that I had to go back and replay multiple times. Fucking love that. The Hüsker Dü track that finds itself set toward the end of the record is s fantastic take and very well executed. Clearly it was done out of love and respect and I dig that. “Deconstruct” rounds out the EP with what seems to be a slow and heavy instrumental until you punch your way into the middle of the song and you hit that sweetness that the title track had to hold inside.
All in all, Oxidant went above and beyond with Deconstruct. This EP is a stunning, pulverizing, vicious collection of twelve consecutive hits. There isn’t a bad track or a lull in the radness whatsoever. Cheers to the band for their hard work, love and execution.
Label: To Live A Lie Records
Release Date: July 7th, 2017
FFO: NoComply, Extortion, Crossed Out