"Jess and the Ancient Ones"

by Octopi Mills

Svart Records have done well in bringing us music which is original, and best of all, made by real artisans, expressing real things. So my expectations tonight are higher than normal for this self titled release from Jess and the Ancient Ones. A list of influences are impressive; Mercyful Fate and Iron Maiden, being mentioned. The album opens up with something that could have been recorded in the 1970s, and this is a good thing, for sure. Some might say it sounds like Blood Ceremony or even Jefferson Aeroplane, though they would be laymen, and incapable of divesting of the greater signification of such music. I can't help but think, by listening to the music, that there are people in Sweden who still play their instruments, and record them in a likely, live manner. There are songs here, made by real people, and in a band format. If I am correct, there are three guitars weaving around, and this means guitar based music, and in a nostalgic manner, as I mentioned. It is said that the themes here represent personal experience, within the the occult/esoteric realms, and this is another good point to mention in such a world of superficial deformities.

 Beyond these things I have mentioned, I feel somewhat empty upon hearing the album, however, and unable to fully enjoy the music or with the inspiration to return to it, after all is said and done. I do hate to slander the project altogether, as there is an element missing in everything else worth mentioning. There is a good progressive rock band at work here, though it would not be in the prototype of doom metal, as it leans more towards something else, and this is not to say that that is a bad thing. At the end of the day, there is a good band here, most worthy of some praise, and more so than most others, though in such an age this can be said about many a good projects. One might keep an eye out for them, as they are capable of good music, though it ultimately fails to fully capture my interest or listening for a long term basis. There are some good moments here, and there is great potential, though it is not fully reached in this recording. This being said, go ahead and take this band more seriously than almost all the other useless motions you will here; they have melodies and promise, and take things seriously. This, in the end, is more than the rest you will find out there. In a few years, I would not be surprised to here that these folks have made a name with this music. When one compares music with Mercyful Fate, it must be something phenomenal. Whether or not this band will reach that will be apparent in a few years, though they certainly will not reach such an undead acclaim with this album.