While reading a bio with comments like: “one of the most original debuts in the last months” and “heaviness, aggression and innovation apart of the usual extreme metal paths” I mostly get a very negative image of a band, because most of the time these words are far from the truth. Before me lies the debut album of the French quartet Jenx. They have toured with bands like Oomph!, Dagoba and Gojira and already released a MCD called Unusual. Hopefully for them I’m completely wrong about the whole bio-thing.
If you listen to for example ‘Kira’ you’ll hear that these guys certainly can make nice metalcore with industrial influences in it, but this is definitely not one of the most original debuts in the last months! The guitar riffs, the drumming and also the vocals don’t sound that innovative to me. The voice of Xavier Bertrand reminds me sometimes of Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, but less convincing.
If you like Fear Factory kind of music you should give this CD a try. I myself like music from this genre, but sometimes there are bands which you don’t like in an unexplainable manner and for me Jenx is one of those bands. They definitely aren’t bad and they all can play their instruments very well, but it just doesn’t appeal to me.
04. Crawling Again
05. Doesn’t Hurt Anymore
10. Last Fuse
12. Demonhead (EP-version)
13. Demonhead (Remix)
Jessy Perey – Guitars
Maxime Lainey – Guitars
Nicolas Larronde – Drums
Lyynk – Samples, Machines (studio only)