Rating:
7.5
Jex Thoth - Blood Moon Rise
15 June 2013


01. To Bury
02. The Places You Walk
03. The Divide
04. Into A Sleep
05. And The River Ran Dry
06. Keep Your Weeds
07. Ehjä
08. The Four Of Us Are Dying [feat. JD Guy]
09. Psyar


There's been a slow but steady psychedelic revival in the past decade, both in metal and rock circles, much to this neo-hippie's content. Bands like Electric Moon, Samsara Blues Experiment, and even more extreme stuff like Oranssi Pazuzu and Black Meddle-era Nachtmystium have all been helping to give the sound a new, modern identity, with their own distinct twists on it. Another band within this recent trend, Jex Thoth, released their self-titled debut back in 2008, and now here they are 5 years later with quite a nice follow up, 2013's Blood Moon Rise.

Female-fronted psychedelic doom metal! That in itself should be enough of an alluring quality to pique interest in this release (*wink wink* male readers). The vocalist from whom the band takes its name almost comes across as a 21st century Grace Slick, with a beautiful voice that can stretch from quietly tender ("Into A Sleep," "Keep Your Weeds") to more energetic and pulsating, following along to the groove the tracks lay down ("The Places You Walk," "Ehjä"). In addition, Jex Thoth manage to blend the psychedelic and doom elements on Blood Moon Rise quite well, to a point that at many times it gets difficult to discern the former from the latter. There are heavy, "thick" tracks with unquestionable doom elements ("The Divide," "The Four Of Us Are Dying"), yet also ones that are more surreal and dreamlike ("Into a Sleep," "Psyar"), in an ode of sorts to classic psychedelia.

One of the best features of Blood Moon Rise, however, has to be in the spacing out of the track lengths. As one can see upon looking at their durations, there's a very nice balance of short and long tracks, much like a lot of classic psychedelic rock albums (Are You Experienced?, Electric Music For The Mind And Body, etc). Not only does Jex Thoth doing this somewhat reinforce their homage to the older bands within their style, but it also provides the listener with the choice of a quick and easy listen with the shorter tracks, or a more reflective, trippy experience with the longer ones, which is a clever approach.

For what it is, Blood Moon Rise is an excellent release, and quite a worthy contribution to the growing influence of psychedelia within the modern metal scene. But for some reason, it falls short in originality, and comes across as though Jex Thoth could have pushed themselves further in that direction. Much like the thrash revival bands, Jex Thoth have a lot of energy and great songwriting behind them, but their formula, as good as it is, is really nothing all that new. So, in short, if you're looking for the usual creatively schizophrenic music I recommend, you won't find it with Blood Moon Rise. But nevertheless, the album is a great release, and one that should definitely not go overlooked by any serious doom or psychedelic fan.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 8


 



Written on 17.07.2013 by
Apothecary
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Susan - 17.07.2013 at 03:42  
Two words: Grace Slick.

Aaaand I will be listening to this post-haste
Boxcar Willy - 17.07.2013 at 04:55  
Glad to see the Electric Moon love.
Apothecary - 17.07.2013 at 05:27  
Written by Boxcar Willy on 17.07.2013 at 04:55

Glad to see the Electric Moon love.

Hell yeah man, they're awesome. The Re-Stoned and The Cosmic Dead too, there have been quite a few great bands lately emerging within that general psychedelic/space rock style.
BitterCOld - 17.07.2013 at 07:28  
Will check it out but was not super thrilled with their last when i reviewed it...
mz - 17.07.2013 at 09:37  
I was thinking about making a topic the other day and asking for psychedelic metal recommendations. You made my day sir
Draugen - 17.07.2013 at 15:10  
Indeed a great album. A definite improvement compared to the debut.
Merchant of Doom - 18.07.2013 at 00:27  
Low rating, if you ask me. It's a great album, even if I'm not a big fan of the genre...
Apothecary - 18.07.2013 at 02:02  
Written by Merchant of Doom on 18.07.2013 at 00:27

Low rating, if you ask me. It's a great album, even if I'm not a big fan of the genre...

I rate albums (that conventional enough to be bound by ratings) based primarily on how much originality and effort I feel went into the music, but mainly the original part. As I said in the review, Blood Moon Rise is a great delivery, but the formula isn't anything all that new, and not as effective as it could've been. Personally, I thought the music could've gone great with some hammond organ and a few acoustic tracks, and more bass would've been interesting too. But that's just my opinion, of course.
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.07.2013 at 10:50  
Never really liked Jex Thoth to be honest. This one didn't change my mind at all. Nothing special.
PocketMetal - 19.07.2013 at 00:22  
It's a good album but so many bands do it better than Jex Thoth .
Nefarious - 22.07.2013 at 09:50  
I found this to be a semi-decent release that doesn't live long in the memory. It wasn't bad, infact there is some obvious talent in the band but the album as a whole just comes across as a bit pretentious & uninspired.
Merchant of Doom - 25.07.2013 at 11:25  
Written by Apothecary on 18.07.2013 at 02:02

Written by Merchant of Doom on 18.07.2013 at 00:27

Low rating, if you ask me. It's a great album, even if I'm not a big fan of the genre...

I rate albums (that conventional enough to be bound by ratings) based primarily on how much originality and effort I feel went into the music, but mainly the original part. As I said in the review, Blood Moon Rise is a great delivery, but the formula isn't anything all that new, and not as effective as it could've been. Personally, I thought the music could've gone great with some hammond organ and a few acoustic tracks, and more bass would've been interesting too. But that's just my opinion, of course.


fair enough...
Mr. Doctor - 25.07.2013 at 18:53  
Written by Apothecary on 18.07.2013 at 02:02
I rate albums (that conventional enough to be bound by ratings) based primarily on how much originality and effort I feel went into the music, but mainly the original part.

I can already imagine the red numbers for old school death metal bands even if they are doing it well.
Apothecary - 25.07.2013 at 23:21  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.07.2013 at 18:53

I can already imagine the red numbers for old school death metal bands even if they are doing it well.

Not really, because at that time, since death metal was relatively in its infancy, a lot of effort and originality did go into the music. These days most modern bands just feel like cookie cutter Cannibal Corpse clones. The only more recent death metal bands today that I really enjoy are Portal, Xanthorchoid, Be'lakor, and Psilocybe Larvae. Plus Evoken and Esoteric, if you wanna consider them death metal.

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