Iuvenes - _Triumph of the Will_
(No Colours Records, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (6 out of 10)
Iuvenes' demos (re-released as _Empire of Iuvenes_) were little more than unashamed early Bathory worship. At the time, Iuvenes were a young band who had yet to discover their own voice and could be forgiven for their uninspiring origins. Four full-lengths later, it appears that this is not going to happen anytime soon, as _Triumph of the Will_ is essentially the same sort of stylistic plagiarism as _EoI_ -- only the source has shifted closer to home.

The sound they have settled upon is, depending on your perspective, either a rip-off of or homage to Graveland. All the stylistic hallmarks of classic Graveland are present: the minimalist drumming, bombastic riffs and grandiose keys -- even Darken's once idiosyncratic croaks are aped with such a degree of conviction that I couldn't help but wonder whether Rob Darken was the new vocalist. What initially seem like ordinary song titles suggest Graveland's influence, such as "Cuchalainn's War Chariot". Cuchalainn is an Irish legend and a somewhat incongruous topic for an NSBM band; however, readers may recall that Graveland adopted Celtic mythology as a recurring lyrical theme for his earliest releases before turning to heathenism.

But before dismissing this album entirely, one should bear in mind that Iuvenes do what they do damn well, and _Triumph of the Will_ is essentially the best album that Graveland never released. For someone unfamiliar with epic pagan metal, this album will spend plenty of time in their stereo. But for those more familiar with this type of music, there is absolutely nothing that hasn't been heard before, and I cannot, given the sheer extent of mimicry by an established band, give this MCD a higher rating.

Contact: http://www.iuvenes.prv.pl

(article published 23/10/2006)


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