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Artist: Nox Interna (@)
Title: A Minor Road
Format: CD EP
Label: Echozone (@)
Rated: *****
Nox Interna is back, this time with a 3-track CD titled 'A Minor Road' after the first cut on it. You could call it a maxi-single or a brief EP, whichever you prefer. For the unfamiliar, Nox Interna is a goth-industrial metal bilingual band from Germany led by Richy Nox. The bilingual aspect is not German-English as you might surmise but Spanish-English. Although that's probably not unique in the Goth/Industrial genre, it's still different. My last experience with them was their 'Spiritual Havoc' album, and if I recall, I was kind of on the fence about it. The three songs on this CD are less metal and closer to pop, more commercial sounding and that ain't a bad thing as long as you're true to your sound, which is the case here. The title track I suppose was envisioned as the hit single, and while the song is competently arranged and produced, and has a good chorus hook, I think something about it lacks hit single potential. It just doesn't have the oomph, drive or memorable aspect that would put it over the top. Second track- "Doomed Generation" has a lot more drive and oomph, and strives for the anthemic but has a problem with the chorus when Richy sustains these low notes low notes they just sound...well...off. The rest of the song is pretty good, but vocally those low notes are hurting it. Perhaps the best track is the last, - "Entre Dos Tierras" sung in Spanish of course, originally done by Spanish rock band Heroes Del Silencio back in 1990. Nox seems much more comfortable here in his own language, which is only natural. For my money I like Nox Interna's take on it which is actually much stronger than the original. So that leaves us with the summation- not a bad showing by Nox Interna overall, but I wonder who is going to plunk down $5+ for the CD ($3.50 for the download) in spite of Richy's cool artwork (and printed lyrics) besides rabid fans of the band. Perhaps 'A Minor Road' is a more apropos title than they thought.



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