@AnybodyBC reviews Drift by .@JENXNOISE out February 8 on M-Tronic for @Planetmosh
It’s not the first time a metal band has attempted the electro deconstruction of their music. Usually these experiments are like marmite too, receiving opinions from ‘why did they do that? They ruined everything’ to the ‘masterpiece’. Experimenting is a good thing for a band: you’re able to see your music in a different way and discover a unique sound. This deconstructed and ‘electrified’ metal album today comes courtesy of Jenx revisited by Lyynk with ‘Drift’.
‘Drift’ is another way to look at the last Jenx album called ‘Enuma Elish’, which means that some of the track from this album were remixed and some of them only were used as the insipiration for a completely new composition and sound. ‘Enuma Elish’ was remade this way by one of the band members, Lyynk (keyboards & sound design). On the whole ‘Drift’ album you can hear sounds from the music library of darkwave, EBM or even noise.
The album itself consists of six remade compositions. The opening track ‘Inner View’ is, according to Lyynk, a decadent medley of the whole album ‘Enuma Elish’. It’s the longest track between all of them and remarkably strong as well, even if you haven’t listened to Jenx before. The sound of this (and a few others) seems strongly influenced by American industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails. ‘Inner View’ is a heavy composition of metal and industrial with some light melodic breaks in between.
‘The Flood (Dry version)’ and ‘The Loss (Deeper version)’ are revisited original tracks under the same name from ‘Enuma Elish’. Lyynk eliminates the metal sound, adds more industrial-electro, making Xav Jenx vocals sound completely different. ‘The Element’ is an almost new composition, whereas Lyynk used only a few sounds for the track called ‘The Ordeal’. It’s an almost five minutes long instrumental electro track, which probably couldn’t be used on the dancefloor, although is very pleasant for your ears indeed!
The most metal song on the album is probably ‘Chains of Labor (Broken version)’ sounding like an electro remix of the track, making it more danceable and melodic than ever.
‘Drift’ finishes up with ‘Renewal’, a track ideal for the conclusion. Kind of calming and melodic with a little bit of aggression for a change. It is something that makes ‘Drift’ complete.
‘Drift’ is an album for open minded metalheads and those who love dark electro music. Despite the influences from other industrial/electro bands you might hear, there’s a unique feel to the Jenx music. If I would have to name my favorites, it would be ‘Inner view’ and ‘Renewal’ – these two tracks sums up the whole work.
‘Drift’ was released on 8th of February 2014 via M-Tronic.
1. Inner View
2. The Flood (Dry version)
3. The Loss (Deeper version)
4. The Element
5. Chains of Labor (Broken version)
Xav Jenx – Vocals & Bass
Jessy – Guitars
Max – Guitars
Lyynk – Keyboards & sound design
Tiko – Drums
Official website : http://www.jenxnoise.com
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Bandcamp : http://jenx.bandcamp.com