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Juvaliant – Inhuman Nature: Review

May 28 was the release date for Juvaliant‘s debut album Inhuman Nature, so yes, this review is extremely late. I’ve had it on my “to-do list” quite some time, and I was debating just leaving it out. However, I feel that the album’s quality entitles it to a late review on the site.

The Music (rating: B+)

  1. Into the Abyss
  2. Heroes (We Will Be)
  3. Doomsday Machine
  4. Live to Die
  5. Hell’s Roundabout
  6. Killing Child
  7. On Wings of Steel
  8. Silent Agony
  9. Cold Distance of the Universe

Inhuman Nature is primarily symphonic power metal, but draws strong influences from progressive and classical music. Its sound is extremely epic due to the large involvement of strings and orchestral instruments. Juvaliant has several similarities with Symphony X but still have a uniqueness to their style, so fans of one band could very well be fans of the other. Actually, fans of the symphonic power metal genre could very well be fans of this band.

The album is very loyal to its genre, but still stands out. Its individuality may be largely due to its classical touch, or possibly its heavy emphasis on the orchestra (it could be both). But the blunt progressive moments really stood out in a positive manner, especially in “On Wings of Steel” where the intricate rhythm develop a strong sense of uniqueness. However, most of what I find particularly intriguing is the classical influences, such as in the intro track, the mid-section in “Hell’s Roundabout,” and throughout the album closer “Cold Distance of the Universe”. It added a whole new level of brilliance and complexity to the songs and the album as a whole.

But the execution on behalf of the instrumentalists are just as noteworthy. Well maybe not, but they were still well-performed on this record. In particular, the vocalist does an excellent job with his phrasing, and also displays great range and power. The guitarist delivers great riffs, which are strongly supported by the drums and bass. The keyboardist is no less commendable. Though all band members show themselves to be full of talent, none of them show themselves to be a potential dominant figure in the music scene.

That being said, it is the overall musical creativity and craftsmanship that  impress me. On behalf of the instrumentalists, they seem to be there to support the whole music than just the instrument. It is possible to exceed in both, but the band does so in one category more than the other. Still, Inhuman Nature is a very strong debut from the newcomers, and I hope to see more of them in the future.

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