jex thoth Jex Thoth (LP, £14.50)label: I Hate Records
Formerly known as Totem, Jex Thoth goes back to the nursery of heavy rock, the time when acid had nothing to do with dance music and long songs were divided into chapters. There are plenty of similarities with Witch: we see a group of indie musicians who like to play retro-doom / hardrock and hear a guitar player who knows his way around with the wah-wah pedal. Both bands are keen to show us they know their music history. Of course there are differences as well. Jex Thoth succeeds where Witch tries. The singer's voice will not be to everyone's taste, but if you like it, you have a 50-minute long maelstrom of pure, heavy psychedelic rock, with a green and purple, strangely wavy border. Deluxe gatefold sleeve.
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