After the excellent Red Right Return, I predicted Janus to deliver something truly special on their following album. I wasn't wrong. Nox Aeris is certainly something special. There's no jumping through musical hoops here, but the songwriting and execution are both exceptional. Atmosphere is the crowing achievement of Nox Aeris. As the title suggests, it's like a black fog seeping between every note, between every dense, testosterone-fueled guitar line, between every crooning word and piercing howl. The music is now without hope, though. Through lyric and melody, Janus manage to keep you from getting sucked into the inky darkness completely. "I'll leave a light on for you."