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JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES is an occult rock band from Kuopio, Finland. This seven-headed entity was given birth by Thomas Corpse and Thomas Fiend, its purpose being the exploration of magical realms beyond the mundane. The band's lyrical concept is based upon the personal occult experiences of the writers, which combined with music the creates a strong mystical atmosphere. With the vocal talent Jess as their frontwoman and three guitars in the lineup, JATAO draw inspiration from heavy metal and rock groups of the classic era, such as MERCYFUL FATE, ROKY ERICKSON, IRON MAIDEN and ABBA.
As to the actual musicianship of the band, everything works together perfectly. By having an overall retro sound on most of the instruments, guitars have that 60s sound to them, the same goes for the bass, keyboards sound is really cool and is able to lift the songs a bit further. And the fucking drums are as groovy (there I said it again) as drums can be. I am not even going to comment on the voice...it is simply flawless. An interesting piece of information by the way, the line up of the band includes founding member Antti Boman (here: Von Stroh) of DEMILICH (and currently member of DEATHCHAIN), along with fellow former DEMILICH bassist Thomas Corpse (also member of DEATHCHAIN) and DEATCHAIN guitarist Cult (here: Thomas Fiend). Personally I find it fucking awesome that these musicians can move so fluently between different genres... The verdict is quite simple. You need to listen to this EP, no question about it. It is an excellent piece of work... - Metal Temple 4/5