After six successful European tours and six releases, occult rock royalty JEX THOTH is currently embroiled in a series of rare North American performances. Now that they’ve successfully enthralled onlookers at Pomona, CA’s Scion Rock Fest and captivated audiences on a short trek along the West Coast with dark death rockers Atriarch, JEX THOTH will head East to join Portland dark metal masters Agalloch for a full week of East Coast and Canadian shows.
Metal Assault caught JEX THOTH at Scion Rock Fest, and was spellbound. “But perhaps the most intriguing set of the day came from Madison, Wisconsin’s female-fronted psychedelic doom metal quartet Jex Thoth. The amount of excitement inside the Sky Fox during this band’s set was palpable and Jex Thoth (Jessica Bowen) completely mesmerized this gathering with a truly otherworldly performance on vocals…This Jex Thoth set was mind-bending in the real sense.” Decibel called the same performance “phenomenal.”
Midwestern acolytes will be blessed with another chance to witness the magic, as the band have announced a new date at Chicago’s Beat Kitchen. They will perform alongside black metal legends SARGEIST, horror doom creeps ACID WITCH, and more at the Signature Riff-presented event on July 6th. Tickets are available at this location.
JEX THOTH ON TOUR:
6.21 – Days of Doomed fest in Milwaukee
6.29 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts w/Agalloch
6.30 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza w/Agalloch
7.01 – Boston, MA – Brighton w/Agalloch, Obsidian Tongue
7.02 – Montreal, QC – La Salla Rosa w/Agalloch
7.03 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks w/Agalloch, Musk Ox
7.04 – Toronto, ON – Opera House w/Agalloch
7.05 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater w/Agalloch
*7.06. Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen w/ Sargeist, Acid Witch, Empyreus, Strix Nebulosa*
One of occult rock’s most captivating figures and a devilishly talented musician in her own right, Jex Thoth is a quiet enigma floating airily through a thicket of oversharers. The band that would come to bear her name first materialized in 2007 under the Totem moniker and released one EP before switching over to Jex Thoth. So far, the band’s discography features six statements (including a split with the legendary Pagan Altar), culminating in 2013’s mesmerizing full-length Blood Moon Rise (I Hate Records). The lineup is rounded out by drummer Nick Johnson, keyboardist Shane Verwey, bassist Matt Jacobs, and guiarist Jason Hartman. Jex herself is possessed of a rich, immensely powerful and instantly compelling voice, which she’s also used to great effect in past projects Sabbath Assembly and Wooden Wand.
Embracing all that is good from the past and shuttling it defiantly into the future, Jex Thoth’s alchemical sound reveals a reverence for bands like Pink Floyd, Amon Duul 2, Jefferson Airplane, and Black Sabbath, while still managing to conjure a unique sound style that is very much their own.