Released: 2007, Wicked World / Earache Records
Nox are one of those hokey death metal acts screaming things like “Hail Satan” and “Holy Spirit I Cast Thee Out” all the while naming their songs complete gibberish (in 2007). They play early 90’s (Florida) style death metal in the vein of Deicide, Monstrosity, Malevolent Creation, Thanatos, and Krisiun.
For those of you who think it’s important to own every release by Grave and/or are really into Bloodbath, Fleshcrawl, and the new Cannibal Corpse – Here is your review:
The New album from Nox is a wicked evil death metal release that is sure to please anyone who likes it fast, heavy, and anti-jesus. 10 Horns…Slay the Christ…UP THE IRONS…Eat the Pope (etc.)
That being said, IXAXAAR totally sucks. It has nothing to do with musicianship, the riffing, the vocals, or the orchestration, it’s just that this album has been released so many times it’s getting tedious. When I want to listen to black metal I don’t listen to fucking Horn of Valere…I listen to Darkthrone. When I want to watch Eraserhead I don’t watch fucking Pi…I watch Eraserhead. Give me the master over the imitator any day of the week.
Nox did not release an unforgivable album. This is perfectly serviceable death metal, and I do understand that some bands need to play in the traditional vein (To keep the flag waving so to speak). However, that does not excuse the mediocrity of IXAXAAR. Nox can’t just take from the past…they need to make it their own. They can accomplish this in two ways – 1. They can incorporate a new idea into an old genre [Sunn O))) expanding on what Earth did] 2. They can execute the whole Florida death metal thing so well that it won’t fucking matter (see Municipal Waste with crossover). Here’s hoping the next release is more memorable.
(I mean, fuck, I’d much rather listen to Malevolent Creation than Decapitated).
Conclusion: The members of Nox are gifted mimics.