JEX THOTH - Blood Moon Rise - CD - I Hate Records - 2013
Blood Moon Rise is not going to make you feel better, but that's a good thing.
If superficially Jex Thoth sounds like a band assembled only to accompany
Jessica Bowen (a.k.a. Jex's vocalist), there is actually quite enough chemistry
at work to accept Jex Thoth as a complete band, and not just an entity playing
to help a lady who wants to sing about mystical stuff.
A few parts could have been left out, to make for a better
impact. Specifically, some vocal lines aren't too exciting, and at time, the
band does nothing in terms of musicality. However, after a few spins, it works,
with the good, the bad and the ugly creating a bigger picture. Slow, groovy or
pensive, strong or mild, Jex Thoth go through something and things start
working for them, and while you are unlikely to be astounded the occurrences
will keep you wondering about what is going to happen next in a strange, seductive
way. You will be rewarded by moments of false serenity, moments of wonder,
moments of panic and moments of sheer inspiration. (7.5/10)
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