jex thoth Witness (3-track CD, £6.50)label: I Hate Records
'Witness' is Jex Thothís fourth release following the 'Totem' EP. All releases have received an overwhelmingly positive reception from both fans and press alike. This miini-album contains two original compositions and a cover song that fluidly flow into 15 minutes of mellow psychedelia and proto-doom metal with influences stemming from the '60s and '70s. 'Witness' is perhaps less guitar oriented than before with the mood becoming more melancholy in the process; the music is heavy yet laidback and openly nostalgic without being sentimental or trite. The bandís biggest strengths are the haunting vocals of Jex and avoiding the usual trap of carbon copying its predecessors. The cover song 'Mr. Rainbow' was originally conceived by '70s avant-pop ensemble Slapp Happy. Artwork is courtesy of Sami Hynninen (Reverend Bizarre, The Puritan, Opium Warlords, Spiritus Mortis, etc).
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