This is a really, really cool stoner/doom album! I'll admit that I was really looking forward to receiving this after reading about how great it was, then when I heard it, I was kinda like - eh, okay it's cool, but not all that. Anyway, this one sneaks up on you! I listened a second time, and the next thing I knew, the songs were just popping up in my mind throughout the day.
Jex Thoth is a 5 piece doom/stoner metal group named after lead singer Jex Thoth (short for Jessica, I think). There is definitely an occult tinge to this stuff, although I don't know how serious or playful it is (the liner notes do say that the album was recorded during the spring equinox of 2007, although the album release date is 2008, so maybe they take it at least somewhat seriously?). But it serves the mood. The band uses guitar, bass, and drums, of course, but also some keys and flute, which helps give it that European-medieval feel. Tempos are pretty typical for doom/stoner stuff, mid to slow. The production is good, but not great - I wish things were clearer and more "present", but it's possible that this is on purpose to give it that feel of kind of other worldliness. Jex's vocals are rich and warm, more of an alto, I'm guessing, than a soprano - I don't think she ever really goes into the high notes and "soars" the way some women do. But this is not a criticism at all - her voice is really cool, great control, nice vibrato which she seems to control exactly as she wants. Overall it fits the music and provides a great compliment to the doomy feels. Organ helps to create ominous moods, while heavy guitar/bass/drums provide the weight needed, and the production (with well-placed effects and instrumentation) creates a kind of bizarre "psychedelic" atmosphere overall. Sometimes they do pick up the tempo a bit, too.
The packaging is pretty sparse, very simple liner notes, no lyrics, not much information, no photos - just the red/white theme with a wood engraving type scene on the inside - a withered tree and old witch type figure, that sort of thing. But it's about the music, and this band is very much underground, so they probably didn't have any money to put into the packaging anyway! But get it for the music - if you like doom/stoner rock, support this band and pick it up. It'll be a great addition to your collection.