Joviac is a very interesting progressive metal band from Tampere, Finland. Influenced by a plethora of bands and artists, from AOR to jazz.
With the singular vision of combining the compositional freedom of progressive music, the full range of human emotion, addictive hooks and even clichés, the end result is a versatile and deep marriage of catchy riffs and melodies with a conceptual twist.
The band states, «The song Misplaced is an intensely personal song for me. I wrote the lyrics when I was in a dark place in my life. I was dealing with the aftermath of a breakup and since music is a form of therapy for me, those emotions leaked into this song. I was dealing with a lot of guilt even though I was the one responsible for ending the relationship. So I painted this picture in my head of myself as some kind of villain, but ultimately it just came down to the fact that emotionally I wasn’t in the right place at the right time in my life».
«Misplaced was originally recorded during the Here And Now album sessions, but was ultimately put aside for a standalone release. Misplaced is definitely no B-side, I’m very proud of it, but I thought that it didn’t quite fit in on the album. It stands on its own feet as a relatively straight forward, in your face kind of song but has a lot of soul and emotional depth to it».
Joviac was formed in late 2016 by front man Viljami Jupiter Wenttola as a necessary artistic outlet. With a strong vision and an unrelenting compulsion to express himself through the medium of music, he set outto form Joviac.
The first album was recorded as a two man effort with Antti Varjanne joining in to play bass. The goal was to get the ball rolling and hit the ground running with a handful of songs to show what the band was all about while searching for the rest of the member lineup.
«I founded Joviac because I needed to. No matter the moniker or channel, I was always looking for ways to express myself and relate to people through music. I learned through years of trial and error that I needed to start a band where I could write the kind of music that I needed to write and say what I needed to say. It’s that freedom that also makes Joviac’s music very personal and sincere. It’s honest and driven only by my core values instead of aesthetics or external factors», states Viljami Jupiter Wenttola
The project quickly grew into a full-fledged band in 2017 with the addition of Rudy Fabritius on drums and Janne Korpela as a live second guitarist. The band started playing shows around Finland and quickly gained attention and underground notoriety wherever they played.
In 2018 the band released their first recorded work as a full band. The single, titled State Of Mine was a good mission statement of things to come while they refined their live set further and kept working on new material.
On Here And Now the band has gone forward immensely and the album delves deeper into every direction with more expression, emotion, nuance and flavor to tick progressive music lovers’ boxes and press all the right buttons in the listeners’ minds and hearts.