20 July 2013

Jupiter Society - From Endangered To Extinct

Jupiter Society are a Progressive Doom Metal from Sweden, based around former Candlemass Keyboardist Carl Westholm. The rest of the band are drawn from a variety of, mainly Swedish, bands such as: Candlemass, Krux, Carptree,Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tiamat, Devin Townsend Project, Soilwork, Evergrey, Royal Hunt, Opeth, At Vance and, er, A-Ha.

From Endangered To Extinct is the third album in a trilogy of concept albums (The other two being First Contact // Last Warning and Terraform). The plot seems to involve a futuristic Earth being invaded by a warlike alien species and then a lot of shooting and dying happens. That’s about all I can get out of it but I don’t think it’s overly important that any more of it is grasped.

There's a definite sense of the dangers of Space travel and “Oh no, Aliens!” to From Endangered To Extinct. The music is both brooding and symphonic. There’s a large dose of the theatric, and some degree of pomposity, present. But there’s also a dark, foreboding ambience there too. Parts of it are downright creepy.

You could easily imagine this as the music for apocalyptic Sci-Fi video games such as, the similarly themed,  Halo or Mass Effect. The fact that there are several vocalists, both male and female,  on this album (something I usually hate) adds to the sense of drama and offer some diversity. It’s also nice when a choir occasionally makes an appearance too. The keyboards and synths are frequently quite retro and give it a nice touch of the B-movies.

The songs are all fairly long, as I suppose you’d expect from a symphonic, doom metal, science fiction concept album. The shortest track is Invasion at a mere 5 ½ minutes, whilst the epic album closer, spoiler alert!, Defeat is just over 13 minutes long. The other four tracks average around 9 minutes or so.

From Endangered To Extinct works best when listened to as a whole and needs some concentration. If you’re the sort of person that likes to listen to music on headphones in the dark then you might want to give this album a try. Assuming you like dark, heavy and depressing music too that is.
That's the main drawback to this album, it's definitely a 'not-for-everyone' style of music. It's unashamedly unfashionable and hard work to like. It's most definitely a labour of love and I think that gives it some extra charm.

7 out of 10 - This is good and well worth a check


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