Rixe: Baptême Du Feu 7"

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French Oi! poster boys Rixe return with EP number three. Again it's a four tracker and there is no let up in the quality. It's full of snarl, bite and anthems. Tenter Le Diable starts the onslaught with some immense tom tom work before heading into another classic Rixe Oi! pounder. Paris-Est begins with a military beat before the guttural vocals and crunching guitars come in and smash you over the head. Every part of this two minutes and 53 seconds song is precise and perfect pop. Condamné is a straight down the line Oi! smash full of hate and bile and that Rixe wall of sound we know and love already. Last cut Hécatombe is a total head nodder that has bounce and a chorus to either die for or sing-a-long to Three EPs in and Rixe continue to take Oi! to new heights.

As it is a tradition on the Rixe 7” trilogy Baptême Du Feu 7" comes housed in a reverse board sleeve with collaborative artwork between Nick Rat and Maxime Smadja. Comes with lyric insert and download code.

Our take: I kind of went into this 3rd Rixe 7” thinking to myself, “man, do I really need another one of these things?” At first drop of the needle I was a little disappointed to hear that very little has changed since their first two EPs (though plenty of people won’t be disappointed to hear that at all). However, as I’ve given Baptême Du Feu a few more listens, I find that I’m able to listen past their sound and hear these songs for what they are. In retrospect, I hadn’t really been listening to Rixe that closely at all… I was so enraptured by their sound that it just kind of washed over me, but now that their vintage mid-paced oi! sound is more familiar, I’m able to hear how subtle and well-crafted this band’s music really is. The songwriting is simple but clever, and there are probably 10 or more goosebump moments spread across these four songs, whether you’re talking about the killer drum intro for the first track, “Tenter Le Diable,” the Judas Priest-worthy main riff of “Paris-Est,” or the simple little lead guitar fill when “Hécatombe” drops into its marching-drum-snare breakdown. You would think that Rixe’s formula is so simple that they would have exhausted it by now, but Baptême Du Feu confirms that Rixe still have plenty of cards left to play.
Tags: 10s france hardcore oi! recommended