Nyxem is a project that creatively features guitar work in the metal and prog niches, intertwined with a synthwave approach. The solo project of San Diego-based composer Jonah Hontos, Nyxem impresses with this aesthetic throughout new album Behind the Veil of Light. Power is apparent from the get-go with opener “Ra in Thy Rising,” a riveting effort riding on excitable guitar lines that ascend alongside synth-laden whirring to a culminating breakdown around 01:40. Ceaseless in its synth/guitar correspondence and energy, “Ra in Thy Rising” is nicely representative of the energy and style to expect throughout this interesting, consuming album.
Stream Behind the Veil of Light in full below:
“Ra in Thy Rising” and other memorable tracks released in April can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 2020’ Spotify playlist.