Jenovese - ‘Love U To Death’ EP (Self Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 01 August 2016 03:20

Jenovese ep artDespite having been formed this past January - when guitarist James Rees put what he describes as a “crazy but fantastic idea”, which he immediately put to his singer wife Emma, and subsequently to four friends (fellow guitarist Lee Jones, bassist Leigh Matthews, drummer Bob Richards and keyboards wiz Gareth Mochan) - Cardiff sextet Jenovese have wasted little time in trying to make an impact as powerful as Carl Frampton’s right hook with this well-crafted debut four-track EP.


The result is a powerful collection which treads a ground somewhere between the classic melodic rock of Romeo’s Daughter - indeed, Rees’ vocals sound like a younger Leigh Matty, but at the higher end of her range - and the gothic pomposity of Nightwish (minus the overblown orchestrations), with a diversion via the pop-punk sensibilities of fellow Welsh(wo)men The Dirty Youth, again especially in the vocal department and most evident on both ‘It Doesn’t Matter (Anymore)’ and the title track.


The songs are underpinned by dense, crunching riffs which drive them forward with intensity and intent. The rhythms are rock-solid and provide a polished foundation for the songs, giving the other musicians, and especially the two guitarists, to stretch themselves.


The problem with ‘Love U To Death’ is its un-concentrated amalgamation of diverse sounds and styles. Jenovese claim to be influenced by the likes of Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, Delain, and, yes, there are elements in there - though Emma Rees definitely isn’t in the same league as Turunen, Olzen, Jansen, Scabbia or even Wessels - as there are of their other claimed references, Rammstein and Depeche Mode, the latter most obviously on the slightly claustrophobic industrial tone to opener (and current single) ‘Despair’. And there are places where Rees’ crystal-clear vocal just fails to complement the density of what is being produced behind her (the aforementioned ‘It Doesn’t Matter…’ is a case in point).


The result is a collection which, despite its attention to detail and passionate intensity, fails to find its own identity. Having said that, it is a fine debut from a very talented bunch of musicians, and I look forward to hearing more.


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