Jupiter Falls – Revolution
6 months? Are you kidding me? After my first listen to Leeds’ based quintet Jupiter Falls, I was surprised to learn that the band had been formed a mere six months earlier. The album sounds like the polished work of a seasoned American hard rock band, not the debut offering from a new group out of the UK.
Although the band is new, these guys are veterans of the rock music scene, and accomplished musicians at that. Fans of Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown and Metallica are going to love Revolution. The music on their UNIR1 debut is a cross between classic hard rock and modern heavy alt-rock. Lead singer James Hart reached out via Facebook to guitarist Deano Silk and the core pieces were quickly put into motion; ultimately leading to the creation of the band, and this, their excellent first release.
The album highlights the band’s diversity; at times they sound like 70’s or 80’s classic rock, current era Alt-hardcore, or turn of the century metal. Fantastic guitar work, memorable licks and powerful vocals are consistent throughout.
The album kicks off with “Awake,” a futuristic sounding opus, where aggressive drums and nicely layered guitars accompany Hart’s vocals in a song reminiscent of early Avenged Sevenfold. Two songs later, hard driving drums and an infectious guitar drive the band on “To The Point,”a track that clearly shows the Shinedown influence on the band.
One of my favorite tracks is “Forgiven,” a song that brings back great memories of late 80’s heavy metal rockers Danzig. It’s powered by a dark gloomy guitar, but unlike Danzig classics, this one has excellent uplifting vocals that add a melodic twist. Love the stark guitar in the beginning of the song. It’s just a fantastically constructed selection, and one with the potential to become a signature track.
“End of the World” is an aggressive hard rocking cut, and “World War Three” is an excellent and memorable power ballad. On “Story Of A Liar” we are treated to something totally different. The lead from Silk is creative and catchy and meshes exceptionally with the rhythm guitar. It’s my favorite guitar work on the album, although I really liked the opening riff on “When the Time is Right,” and the intricate solo “Lei e quella” and… OK, it;s just a damn good guitar album.
For sure, it’s not a perfect album, but the majority of the cuts are very strong; it’s probably the best hard rock debut album I’ve heard in a few years. This band is just dripping with potential and I can’t wait to see their live show.
In an era where so much of the current rock coming out of the UK is watered down and ultra-poppy (yet sometimes still good), this is an extremely welcome change of pace. At times a comfortable flashback and at other times cutting edge genius, it’s a welcome addition to the rock music landscape, and one that has the potential to be one of the seminal albums of this genre.
Check out the album below and let me know your thoughts.
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