August 18, 2017

Jex Thoth - Jex Thoth (2008)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Doom Metal
Style: Traditional Doom, Psychedelic Rock
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© 2007 I Hate Records
Review By "Psythe" for MetalUnderground.com
This review has been months (more?) in the making. I still don’t know quite what to say about this album. I am fairly new to the doom metal genre (oh, to have more time for lifes’ pleasures), and Jex Thoth – previously known as Totem, now named for the band’s vocalist - has been exceedingly difficult for me to get my head around. At times folky, sometimes progressive, oft-times downbeat, Jex Thoth is a band that at all times maintains an atmosphere of haunting melancholy. The guitar production is both crunchy and muddy, layering an eclectic lead over a miserable yet driven bass rhythm. I am a huge fan of albums that carry a theme from song to song, not just lyrically, but in the musicianship also. Some might call such cases concept albums, and in some cases they would be right. "Jex Thoth" is not a concept album, however it does have a strong sense of carry-on from song to song. That is not to say that each song sounds exactly the same; the rhythms and so on definitely change and each song is a song unto itself. But each song also flows flawlessly into the next, creating a listening experience that stretches far further than the stand-out-tracks style of typical, radio-friendly music. Once the album starts, and you are drawn into it, you will not feel the need to skip songs. The downside of this, of course, is that unless you really love this album a lot, it also doesn’t have any particularly catchy stand-out tracks that will make you play it over some other disc in your library. It’s a toss of the coin; on one side, you have a few great tracks that will get played to death while on the other side, is a great album that will probably get played rarely. Personally, I prefer the latter for my serious taste music, and the former for my fun, piss-up-with-the-mates music. Read the full review at MetalUnderground.com

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