Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Viljami Jupiter Wenttola of Joviac.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
WENTTOLA: We’re a progressive metal band from Tampere, Finland. I founded Joviac in late 2016/early 2017 when my previous band disbanded. I’ve been making music since I was a teenager, so I just needed a new flag to sail under. I took previous lessons learned to heart though, and this time it was important to me for everyone to be on the same wavelength since day one. I wanted to start a band where I was the main songwriter and the captain of the boat, so to speak. Luckily I didn’t have to look far for band members, I never take it for granted that I’m able to do this with such talented musicians who are on top of that also some of my best friends. I am very fortunate, because I know from experience that it’s not always the case. We’ve released two full length albums and two stand alone singles so far and we’re constantly doing our best to grow and keep making better music!
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
WENTTOLA: I wear my influences on my sleeve, so you can quite easily hear where I’m coming from if you’re acquainted with the progressive metal scene. The biggest influences that you can hear would be (for example): Dream Theater, Circus Maximus, Pain of Salvation, Devin Townsend, A.C.T and Toto!
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
WENTTOLA: We released our new full length album “Here And Now” in April and a new single called “Misplaced” two weeks ago (September 10th). If you’re into the bands that I listed as our influences, we may have something to offer you. In any case, you don’t have to like us, but I am eternally grateful if you gave us a chance, because that’s all we can ask for.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
WENTTOLA: We embody the same principals on stage as on album. We’re not here to be divas or rock stars, but to honestly and genuinely express ourselves and connect with the listener. We were able to finally have our record release show last week before corona rates got too high again, and it was our best show yet. I’ve never felt such warm energy from the crowd and to have so many people there celebrating with us in these uncertain times was an unforgettable experience. If you do come to one of our shows, by all means come and say hi!
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
WENTTOLA: Our one concrete goal that we’re working toward is building Joviac to the point where we can go on tour abroad. I think it’s very achievable just as long as this virus is taken care of. We’re aiming to come and see everyone that wants to hear us live, and with our trajectory during these past 3 years, I’d say we’re getting close.