HE WHOSE OX IS GORED ‘Paralyzer’ 7″ Review & Official Video; Tour Dates

HE WHOSE OX IS GORED
Paralyzer – 7″ Maxi Single
Chain Letter Collective/Void Assault Records- Release Date: June 16th, 2017
Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

The Emerald City’s ethereal sludge/post-rock unit He Whose Ox Is Gored will issue a new 7″ Maxi-Single, ‘Paralyzer‘, via Chain Letter Collective and the band’s own label Void Assault Records on June 16th. This is in lieu of some copies recently being made available at the band’s show with Conan, North, and Serial Hawk back on May 14th and subsequent tour with Samothrace. Anyway, the content on the release is quite intriguing indeed as ‘Paralyzer‘ was recorded as part of a Converse Rubber Tracks session and includes two previously released tracks — “Buried Twice” and “Void Assault” from the band’s critically-lauded Rumors EP — remixed by Seattle’s own Newaxeyes. But wait, there’s more! The recording itself is the result of efforts from the legendary producer Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Nirvana, L7, High On Fire, Zeke) at Avast! Recording Studio.

So, what we have here is three tracks and it officially begins with title cut, ‘Paralyzer‘, an uptempo tempest of crunchy rhythms and buzzing guitars. It is highly energized and seemingly chaotic, like a hive abuzz with activity and sheer presence. Ethereal nuances ripple forth from within at times, airy and graciously afloat upon the turbulent sea of sonic waves crashing beneath. Aggro vocals alternate with cleanly given ones, all the while some fantastic drum work pummels the kit through out the song. Just check out the official visualizer clip (the band’s first ever in fact) for the song and you’ll hear exactly what I’m talking about:

Now we arrive at the first of the two remixed songs, ‘Buried Twice (NWXYS Slime Mix)‘ which begins with a bit of electronica before an unleashing of rhythmic pulses take hold. Battering drums bring the beat as effect-heavy vocals are unfurled, all while some touches of cosmic-like electronics appear here and there. In fact, the evident presence of keys/organs/synths go far in providing a definitve alternative rock roll out of the song. Things really get more unhinged with the next selection, ‘Void Assault (VOIDED Mix)‘, all of which arrives with some trippy electro-psychedelia to start. A hazy, otherworldly setting is established with the very first few vibes of the cut, one where a wide, limitless expanse seems to unfold before you. Pulses of ethereal inflections blip and whirl at intermittent points while the feel of lysergic consciousness is augmented by the chopped vocalizations ringing outward. Things remain in this semi-instrumental state for the duration and ultimately end the 7″ with the equivalent of an out-of-body experience.

Meanwhile, you may get the chance to see the band pretty much repsonsible for all of this, He Whose Ox Is Gored, depending on where you currently reside. The band is out touring with Samothrace right now and here are the remaining dates of the trek:

5/31/2017 Three Links – Dallas, TX
6/01/2017 89th St. – Oklahoma City, OK
6/02/2017 71 Grind Festival – Colorado Springs, CO
6/03/2017 Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
6/04/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
8/05/2017 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
6/06/2017 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
6/07/2017 Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
6/08/2017 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Void Omnia
6/09/2017 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Void Omnia
6/10/2017 Oakland Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA w/ Void Omnia, Noothgrush, Graves At Sea

– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker

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HE WHOSE OX IS GORED To Issue ‘Paralyzer’ 7″, Premieres First Official Video; Tour With SAMOTHRACE Starts Next Week

The powerfully concussive ethereal sludge band He Whose Ox Is Gored will unleash their brand new “Paralyzer” seven-inch this weekend via Chain Letter Collective and the band’s own label Void Assault Records. The three song effort was captured by none other than legendary producer Jack Endino (Skinyard, TAD, Windhand, Early Man, etc.) at Avast! Recording Studio (Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Earth, Supersuckers etc.). It contains the new song Paralyzer along with the previously recorded “Buried Twice” and “Void Assault” from the band’s critically-lauded Rumors EP, remixed by the band’s cohorts from Seattle’s Newaxeyes. “Paralyzer” was recorded as part of the ongoing Converse Rubber Tracks sessions which the band shared some comments about saying:

The ‘Paralyzer‘ seven-inch started as a great opportunity presented to us by Converse Rubber Tracks and Jack Endino. We also wanted to find a way to work with our friends in Newaxeyes and a seven-inch came to mind. When Ben and Heather Heywood of Los Angeles’ Chain Letter Collective came on board, it created an opportunity for us to bring it all together.” 

Paralyzer” will see official release on June 16th but will be available this Sunday, May 14th at the band’s special event show with Conan, North, and Serial Hawk at Highline on their home turf of Seattle as part of the venue’s seven-year anniversary series. The seven-inch will also be available throughout He Whose Ox Is Gored‘s US tour with Samothrace from May 17th through June 10th. The trek includes performances with Void Omina, Noothgrush, and Graves At Sea on select dates. See all confirmed shows below.

To celebrate this phenomenal recording and its imminent release, He Whose Ox Is Gored is also debuting their very first-ever official video for the 7″s title track. Check it out: 

HE WHOSE OX IS GORED upcoming shows and tour:
5/14/2017 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Conan, North, Serial Hawk

w/ Samothrace:
5/17/2017 Back Alley Pub – Great Falls, MT
5/19/2017 The Aquarium – Fargo, ND
5/20/2017 The Reverie – Minneapolis, MN
5/21/2017 Reggies Joint – Chicago, IL
5/22/2017 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
5/23/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
5/24/2017 Black Forge – Pittsburgh, PA
5/25/2017 Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD
5/26/2017 Club 529 – Atlanta, GA
5/27/2017 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
5/28/2017 Rudyards – Houston, TX
5/29/2017 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
5/31/2017 Three Links – Dallas, TX
6/01/2017 89th St. – Oklahoma City, OK
6/02/2017 71 Grind Festival – Colorado Springs, CO
6/03/2017 Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
6/04/2017 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
8/05/2017 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
6/06/2017 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
6/07/2017 Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
6/08/2017 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Void Omina
6/09/2017 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Void Omina
6/10/2017 Oakland Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA w/ Void Omina, Noothgrush, Graves At Sea

– Pat ‘Riot’ WhitakerSam-OX Tour