Juhan Ongbrian is a promising experimental jazz fusion artist I have discovered through Metalhead Community Submissions about a month ago with their impressive song; Mood Swings, off from their EP album with the same title, which was released in 2019. Although I have been a die-hard metal music fan all my life, I never lost interest in music with advanced musicianship such as in this example. Juhan Ongbrian, Ech0, Sly Chong have collaborated on three songs in the Mood Swings album, and we are here to talk about their phenomenal work. Please give it a listen while reading the rest of the article.
I know that jazz music is not for everyone, just like some other specific sub metal genres. Being an artist means to me is having a genuine interest in good music regardless of the genre. I can say that Opeth has been a great teacher for metal music fans in many different ways, where they have become a pioneer in their genre by blending jazz and black metal elements together. Juhan in this example is showing huge potential with his way of understanding music first of all. It is incredibly melodic, addictive and captivating. When I listened to the first couple of seconds of Mood Swings for the first time, it was an instant approval. If you also think that you can make the difference between good and bad music, then this song is for you.
Juhan, Ech0 and Sly Chong here are showing not only their advanced musicianships but also their composing skills, ideas, sentences, decisions and so on. I fell in love with every single detail about the song. Hands down. On the other hand, the general guitar playing style of Juhan along with his music style has reminded me of Guthrie Govan from time to time. I can’t tell you why exactly, but probably it’s because of his toning and sentences. When I look at the structure, I can say that there’s nothing standard about the composition at all. Also, the atmosphere is magnificent which immediately pulls the listener into its world. It wasn’t possible for me to listen to this song with a lower volume, to be honest.