Nox - _Ixaxaar_
(Earache Records, 2007)
by: Jackie Smit (8.5 out of 10)
If you're among the disgruntled who feel that modern death metal's seemingly unquenchable need for speed has somehow cost it its soul, read no further. Nox are of the Hate Eternal / Krisiun school of brutality, and they're certainly not backward in coming forward.

Made up of members from the equally punishing Severe Torture and Centurian, opener "Choronzonic Chaos Gods" sees drummer Bob Dussel exert enough energy to carry him safely through half of the New York Marathon -- all in the space of three minutes. That alone may be enough for cynics to write them off completely, but upon closer inspection it does become apparent that there's method behind it all. A tangible affinity for the vintage stylings of _Show No Mercy_ and _Altars of Madness_ makes its presence felt on tracks like "Darkness Undying" and "The Jesus Sect", giving the music some much needed hooks. Combine this with a particularly incensed delivery, and you have yourself a lethal combination that does exactly what it says on the box.


(article published 20/2/2007)

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