Michelle Tellez, James Boucree, Riley Powell, Julio Lara and Mike Garcia are Jovias. The band is young in terms of when they formed but also seem pretty young in age when I was checking out their Facebook age. All things considered they are off to a good start with their release Ghosts Of Giants which is a five-song EP. They say their EP “ is a sound of progressive rock, metal, post-rock and alternative.” I’d say I agree with them after taking a listen.
They open with “Giants” which is somewhere between an intro and a song. “Giants” is a builder that initially sounds like an alien spacecraft before the guitar enters into the picture. The song eventually starts to rock out but doesn't really go anywhere. It’s about a minute-and-a-half long and I am not completely sure what the band was trying to accomplish with the track.
The band goes into “Keep It Down” which is the first fleshed out song. Tellez has a dynamic vocal range for rock. You can hear elements of metal, alternative and post-rock right away. They do a good job changing up the energy and making the song dynamic. The band rocks out hard towards the end and I especially enjoyed the lead guitars.
Up next is “Puppets” which starts off with drums and vocals. A combo rarely used but it sounded great to me. Before you know it a smooth bass line and lush guitars come into the picture. The guitars have a good amount of reverb on them and definitely give it a bit of that post-rock flavor. The band gets into straight metal territory on this song. Good stuff and enjoyable juxtaposition that works.
“Satellite Relay” is a heavy song all around no matter what genre they step into. The crescendo towards the end of the song is one of the most inspired moments on the EP. They close with “Just In Time” which is arguably the highlight. The song felt a little more fun and I especially liked the groove the band latches onto in the beginning of the song.
I’d say this band is off to a solid start. This five-song EP could have had a little better production but it still felt like it carved out a foundation for the band. Keep your eyes on them.
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