There is no doubt in my mind that the sudden and rather unexpected departure of The Devil's Blood from the music scene will create a gap for many fans of retro rock. Jex Thoth from the States is not the new TDB, but they certainly have an ability to lure your ears into a trap of enthralling doom rock with the voice of the beautiful Jex Thoth in the foreground.
In a mesmerizing blend of doomy 70's psychedelica and a jazzy feel, the American outfit takes you on a journey of relaxing, yet, paradoxically, somewhat disturbing music with roots in Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd. Disturbing because you have a feeling that you can never really can see through the surface and rest assured that you're safe. It's as if something is constantly lurking around the corner and waiting to explode in your face. I know, this is hard to explain, but that's the way this music and Jex's voice makes me feel. Needless to say, I think it's brilliant.
Is it metal? Don't know, and I quite frankly don't care. This is music which moves me and creeps under my skin in two seconds. To me, metal or not, that is musical talent and where music becomes art. I wish I could be in Copenhagen in four days when Jex Thoth will be playing there. Just my luck. If they are anywhere near as intense in their expression live as they are on album, that would have to be one of best concerts of the year.