Jenx – Enuma Elish


Review by Jason Guest

With only one EP, 2004’s Unusual, to their name, in 2005 French industrial metallers Jenx were asked to provide the soundtrack to the film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulu, shaping their sound in accord with its structure and imagery and the mind-bending occult philosophies of its author. Following such a challenge – and such an accomplishment, it must be said – behind them, Jenx’s 2007 album, Fuseless, established the band as a formidable industrial/metalcore act that, though good, were yet to produce something that would mark them out from the crowd. Since that time, Jenx have seen sense and leant more toward the industrial side of their identity and (thankfully) played down the metalcore facet of their sound. There are still elements of metalcore present on Enuma Elish – named after the Babylonian epic which revolves around the origin of power and the creation of mankind – their overall sound is a hybrid that has taken on a harder edge much more effective and gratifying than their previous album. The massive riffs are tighter and the crushing pedal tones and the hammered chords are pinned down to the pummelling drums to create a darker, heavier whole that allows the electronics to broaden the already solid structures. Add to this Xav’s wider vocal range and Enuma Elish demonstrates a band whose sound is more balanced, the hard and heavy soundscape synchronized with his emotionally-charged delivery. With a late 90s/early 00s sound to the album, it may not be the most original of works in term of style but if you want something akin to NIN and fresher and with more potential than Fear Factory’s The Industrialist, the top notch production, dynamic compositions, and impeccable musicianship of Enuma Elish means that Jenx are a band to keep an eye on.

7 out of 10

Track Listing:

  1. The Flood
  2. Burning Pride
  3. Chains Of Labour
  4. RFID
  5. Nibiru
  6. Enuma Elish
  7. The Loss
  8. Blood Obsession
  9. The Ordeal
  10. Sycamore Part I
  11. Sycamore Part II