Hawxx – Earth, Spit, Blood and Bones

Hawxx are a melodic metal band who have just released their debut album Earth, Spit, Blood and Bones. With heavy themes such as oppressive beauty standards, violence against women, mental health and self-empowerment, Earth, Spit, Blood and Bones has just ten tracks, and a lot to say!

When I say this album has taken the standards for debut albums to new heights, I mean it! Each song has meaning and has been perfected down to the last second. There was not a single song I didn’t enjoy, which is so rare! Albums contain so many songs it’s almost given that there’ll be one that, at very least, doesn’t pique your interest. Not this album. Not for me. It’s hard to give a review here without just repeating “this song is great, this melody was beautiful.”   

Every song had me moving, I particularly love the solidarity within Death Makes Sisters of Us All and Embrace the Ugly. I love the support and anger between Trust Your Rage, it’s a female rage song that I personally needed to hear long before now. I enjoyed the change of soft to metal between the verses and chorus. Throughout the whole album, the vocals are broad, and from that, stand out – but sound exceptionally well in If Not Now, When? During the softer middle section, and then builds up in strength. Fathertongue is a strong ending. Sounding different from all the songs, it begins soft with an acapella harmony, and then the instruments kick in while repeating “this is what we’ve done”. It continues heavier until the end, perfectly wrapping up the album.  

With an album that speaks out for so many people, actions speak louder than words. It seems that Hawxx are believers of that too, as they are apparently known to attend protests that catch their eyes. Some of these including Extinction Rebellion, LGBTQ+ rights, and Women Against Violence. It’s truly nice to see those who have a voice using it!  

If experiencing the music recorded hit me so much, I look forward to a chance to hear it live! As it stands right now, the only show they have planned is in Cardiff on March 1st, but I’ll be keeping a keen eye on their site for more.  

Have a listen to Earth, Spit, Blood and Bones now! It’s gone straight to my playlist so I can keep hearing it.  

Vicki Evans

December 29, 2023

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