|Review: Janvs - Vega|
Label: Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 15, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
I discovered Janvs late last year (2007) and actually wrote a review this past January. I really liked that band, so naturally I was eagerly anticipating this brand new release.
I have to say I was a bit, but not sorely, disappointed with Vega . Let me emphasize that the disappointment was minimal, because Janvs is a great band and Vega a good album as such. They have dropped the epic and acoustic elements in their music, and headed for a more "in your face" approach, while venturing deeper into the progressive realm at the same time. Don't get me wrong, I like progressive music, especially when done by a good Black Metal band, which is obviously the case here. The spacey keyboards are more prominent on Vega, suiting the main theme very well. This type of situation reminds me of Vintersorg, but in a more precipitated way. Anyways, this new output remains nonetheless a pretty interesting album, and the mature songwriting is only equal to the talent of those musicians. As always, the guitar work is what has retained most of my attention, for its subtle harmonic hues carved from melodic arpeggios and leads. Janvs is well capable of variation in mood and paces, another aspect very appreciated. The title track is the composition that scored the highest rate, mainly due to its intensity and long musical interlude. Then on the last song, "Vesper", you'll hear a top notch progressive number combining variation, arpeggios vs. crunchy riffs, clean vocals vs. rasps, furious paces vs. mid fast tempos, and more of those nice musical breaks.
Vega is a tasty Progressive/Black Metal album, but I'm missing the cool acoustic parts of Fvlgvres
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