|Review: Mox Nix - Mox Nix|
Label: Axe Killer Records
Year released: 2001
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: June 9, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)
When I opened the jewel case this CD was in, I jumped when I saw the band's picture. My first thought was: Were those guys parachuted from the 80's or what? They have that rocker look that was common place back then. A look at the CD quickly cleared things up: (C) 1985, (C) 2001. Mox Nix's self-titled album is being re-released 16 years later by Axe Killer Records from France. Their second album never saw the light of day, and they disbanded in 1991.
Needless to say, this is an 80's metal album and it sounds as such. Some people who never knew anything else than Death and Black Metal will probably stop reading here - big mistake. Mox Nix's music pretty much sticks to the basics of metal, this is what I call "pure heavy metal" - no frills, clean vocals, speedy and crunching guitars, clear solos - just to name a few. The band started by playing covers of Priest, Maiden, Saxon, UFO and a few other big names, and it shows in their music. A good mix of heavy metal and also sometimes bordering on hard rock, the album releases a party-like energy that was the trademark of so many bands of that time - and no, I'm not talking about "glam metal". This is the kind of music that makes you want to headbang and play air guitar for the whole 41 minutes, then start all over again.
No weak track on this, a pretty much fast-paced album which ranges from a power ballad (Stand Alone) to in-your-face heavy/speed metal (Never Again). The song Scream for Mercy is one of their most popular and appears on the soundtrack of the movie "Beachballs". The vocals are clear enough that you can actually understand the lyrics, and the vocalist has no problem hitting the high notes when needed. The guitars are fast and the solos are straightforward yet entertaining - isn't that what's important? The drums are powerful when needed and a little more discreet when necessary, and the band is overall a pretty tight outfit. I can't find anything negative about the songs actually. I wouldn't mind having more than 41 minutes of this good stuff though! Some of the lyrics may sound a little cheesy, if not a bit "out of fashion" today, but they sound good with the melodies and I consider that more important.
Two bonus tracks, never released before and re-recorded for this reissue are also included. They were originally set to appear on the band's second album. While I don't like the cover art, the booklet is one of the most informative I've seen: Lyrics are included of course, a short 2-page biography of the band, and also a little note accompanies each song.
I can't even say that this makes you travel back in time. I always said some music ages well - Mox Nix's music sure still has its place, 16 years later. This rules. Buy this and party!
Originally released in 1985
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