|Review: Jex Thoth - Jex Thoth|
Label: I Hate Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: December 8, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.95/5 (78.95%) (19 Votes)
Female-fronted Doom Metal isn't something I've seen a lot of... In fact I can't think of another band off-hand. Jex Thoth is on the light side of things, Doom-wise. Very melodic material, with a subtle but noticeable 70s vibe — and with some songs sounding a bit like a light version of 70s Sabbath, mostly metallic-sounding but often borderline. The vocalist has a very soft and melodic voice that can be entrancing at times, and sometimes more powerful - not quite aggressive but more "determined" if you will. I didn't like this much on the first listen, but on the second listen the album started to sink in and got better on each spin. Even though the music is not as "metal" as most other Doom outfits I've listened to before, the doom vibe is very much omnipresent (save for the odd upbeat passages) - half way between melancholic and depressing, but not crushingly so. While I prefer Doom that packs more punch, Jex Thoth is a nice change of scenery, a refreshing one in a time where Doom/Death is king. Worth checking out.
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