We’ve featured a lot of American and European bands here at Unleash the Furies. So now it’s time for something different: a group from South America! I’ve heard of female-fronted rock and metal bands from Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, but Intemperia is the first one I’ve heard from Venezuela. And from the get-go, I was quite impressed with what I heard from them!
Intemperia came about in late 2006 with its members wanting to create a melodic power metal sound with rock and electronic influences. The following year, the band released a five-song EP, Aurora, to introduce its music to the local metal scene. The sound that Intemperia has honed since then exudes attitude, catchy melodies, and just enough technicality to keep things interesting. Their singer, Juls, has a voice that’s youthful, entrancing, yet surprisingly powerful. She reminds me of Christianna of Elysion, and maybe even Cristina Scabbia circa Lacuna Coil’s In a Reverie era. So, yes, Intemperia is not a classically influenced power metal band by any means. But that’s what makes their music unique, in my opinion.
Intemperia self-released its debut album, The Mothman Prophecies, earlier this year. It’s a concept album that, as the band explains, “tells the story of a human heart in the middle of darkness and light, trying to find [its] right way and [its] right place.” Overall, The Mothman Prophecies maintains great passion and momentum. Each song stands on its own, thanks to great solos, solid songwriting, and Juls’ incredible voice. My favorite song on The Mothman Prophecies is the ballad, “I Hold On To You,” because of its tour-de-force nature. But the album’s first three tracks – “Chains of Gold,” “Embrace the Night,” and “No Hopes” – are also excellent. Here’s a full-length clip of “Chains of Gold.”
Based on a few videos I’ve seen, Intemperia’s studio sound translates very well live. Here is a clip of the band performing “Embrace the Night.”
- Juls Sosa – Vocals
- Carlos “Afro” Robles – Guitars
- Christian Estepa – Bass
- Rony Jose Borges Brito – Drums