Tag: A Promise To No One
JANUS- ‘Nox Aeris’
REALID Records/Warner ILG
Rating: 9 out of 10
Reviewed By: Jay Rybak
The first time I heard the single ‘Eyesore’ from Janus’ 2009 debut Red Right Return, I became an instant fan. Needless to say I had been impatiently awaiting the latest offering from the Chicago based rockers… and good things come to those who wait, very good things. For those of you unfamiliar with Janus, think 10 Years meets Filter. The perfect blend of melodic, yet heavy, with a hint of electronic.
As evidenced by the first single ‘Stains’, ‘Nox Aeris’ is that quintessential Janus album, yet with this offering there is one thing that really stood out to me. Not to detract from the great talents that comprise the rest of the band, but Johnny Salazar is a phenomenal drummer. You get a little taste in the first track ‘In Flames’, but the cymbal-crashing, double-bass smorgasbord ‘Stray’ is a glaring example, with the track that follows, ‘Numb’, serving as a delicious dessert.
Pair this newfound respect for Salazar, with the shredding of Mike Tyranski, and the vocal prowess of David Scotney and the stars align. The band as a whole clicks on all cylinders in the heavy hitters ‘A Promise To No One’ and ‘Polarized’, my two favorite tracks off the album, and two more reasons why ‘Nox Aeris’ is in constant rotation in this writer’s playlist, and should be in yours.
To put it simply, if Duran Duran got massive testicular implants, and broke onto the scene in 2012, the result would be ‘Nox Aeris’. This album is a must have and comes very highly recommended.
‘Nox Aeris’ is available now on iTunes, and hits stores Tuesday, March 27th. For more info on Janus, including tour dates and to purchase music, visit the band’s official website.