|Review: Juvaliant - Inhuman Nature|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2010
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: July 28, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)
Adding to the list of notable prog/power acts from Austria we see Juvaliant joining the ranks of acts such as Serenity and Edenbridge, although Juvaliant boast the increasingly popular sound of acts such Circus Maximus, Illusion Suite, Myrath etc. It seems ever since Circus Maximus' stunning debut, bands have just been queuing up in line, practicing their instruments non-stop whilst waiting for that elusive record deal. Now I'm not going to lie, I lap this sound up like no tomorrow, hence I really enjoy Inhuman Nature. However with this scene's popularity steadily increasing there's going to be a point where a line has to be drawn – now I don't think originality is the greatest factor in a band/album being good, but what I will say is that it's getting to a point now where a lot of bands are doing this, and while these albums are undoubtedly good there is a slight feeling of overcrowding. On to the album now...
Juvaliant utilize just about every convention the genre has in stock, and Inhuman Nature stands as a veritable feast serving up all your favorite dishes. Yes it's all here: virtuoso musicianship, double kicking power metal parts, Queensryche riffs, Yngwie Malmsteen-style guitar licks and runs, the modern Dream Theater/Circus Maximus low end, spacey keyboards, and of course a first class singer. Yes Juvaliant really tick all the boxes and as a fan of the genre I really can't argue with anything on show. Oh I forgot, they boast that mandatory 10 minute + epic, but let's face it this sort of thing can go without saying these days.
As a whole there isn't a bad track on the album, it's just really derivative of the scene. But when they offer up tracks as sweet as "Doomsday Machine", "Hell's Roundabout" and "The Killing Child" I can't help but love what I hear, and credit where credit is due – Inhuman Nature is a highly enjoyable release with no dud tracks in sight, just fun and reliable prog/power. Had this come out 10 years ago it would have really been something special. However we all know that isn't the case.
Overall Inhuman Nature is a highly enjoyable album that is completely devoid of originality – which is a shame and certainly hurts the scoring of the release. Fans of prog/power really can't go wrong with this though, if you lap up the genre as much as me, I can assure you there is a lot of fun to be had. For everyone else however you can let this one slip as this has been done before, and admittedly better.
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