He Whose Ox Is Gored has released a new song today called “Cairo,” off their yet to be released album entitled The Camel, the Lion, the Child.
“Cairo” contains the Ox’s synth-buoyed float and crush combo. Lisa Mungo wafts a pontoon of keys out pristinely, milky, and stoic, like a watercolor of a reflection-pond at dawn. Brian McClelland’s guitar begins in the tranquility of that pond, as a morning bird might, with Kirk Hammett “Fade To Black” delicacy. Then the Ox pontoon trips a wire and McClelland sprays it full of mini-anvil buckshot and brings it down to wrought iron wreckage scraps in a cauldron of blue flame. For wrought-ness see: bassist Mike Sparks and drummer John O'Connell. McClelland’s vocals sit in a range of pain akin to the pain of someone having their chest branded by a glowing orange iron.