CD Review – Wild Ox Shangri-La
Angry’s Wild Ox Shangri-La seems to have a few cool ideas, like on songs such as Right Loose, Shoot the Messenger, and Rock Sword, but the execution was mediocre. Colony of Murder starts off with a riff and drumbeat that makes avoiding nodding your head in heavy metal glory near impossible, but it slows down halfway through and goes into this weird progressive part halfway through. Keeping things interesting and doing things that the listener won’t expect is certainly valuable in music, but it shouldn’t just be done haphazardly, which is sort of how the structures of these songs feel. Wild Ox Shangri-La is filled with songs that have some really interesting parts, but as a whole are not spectacular songs. It’s like Angry is the sweetest, heavy high school band.
Where the album excels is in what it does rhythmically. Wild Ox Shangri-La may not be an easy album to get into melodically, due to its atonality and dissonance, but the rhythms used on songs like Umbrella Fight are a refreshing way to keep things interesting.
What’s strange about Wild Ox Shangri-La is its inability to hold my attention, and that’s saying something considering I’m literally being screamed at. Interesting ideas do surface on the album, but as a whole, Wild Ox Shangri-La seems like it needs restructuring in a way that the songs don’t sound like they were haphazardly thrown together.