By the Holy Fucking Metal Cow. Where did this one come from? And is it really metal? Not quite.
But there is hope for the Prog genre after all. Help is on the way, though. The prog brigade of the future is on the prowl, like. But do I indeed hear Leprous rummaging around backstage? Well, some of that may fit. But it’s not quite as straightforward as that either.
Now, the Canadians of Jupiter Hollow serve you real hefty Progressive Rock, with some metal infusions. And this on their first attempt at fame.
Their furious debut EP Odyssey is a complex and captivating piece of work. And you will have to carve out some quality time for it to reveal its undoubted qualities. Not something for lazy Sunday afternoons, after the roast and potatoes have been consumed.
This Southern Comfort laced and very tasty chunk of prog is just irresistible. And they take the experimentation to the limit. Mixing a gazillion styles in rapid succession, their tune suddenly disintegrates into a more brutal – and dare I say it – more metal-fused sound. Yet it is still strangely reminiscent of Steven Wilson on his best days.
Odyssey greets us with technical geekery, together with great riffs and solos and some cool drum work that is already halfway to nirvana. Let me also point out Kenny Parry and his astonishing set of pipes, hitting impossible notes that will make some of the Heavy Metal blasters go red with envy.
Now, let’s have a care.
Too much technicality can also end in mayhem. And – lo and behold – some parts of the record drastically lose focus and have this tendency to gripe big time. This – unfortunately – comes on a production that left a lot of loose ends undone. In other words, Odyssey is more of a troubled demo-turned-EP than a true mini album we would expect.
But don’t let that deter you from the rest of the offering. By and large, Jupiter Hollow forcefully commit a Progressive Rock style that is well on its way to the top. No doubt about it.
I really enjoyed listening to this blurb. If this is a prelude to the upcoming full length, then I can’t wait to get it.
But let’s not waste more of your time. Here’s a taste of Odyssey. Have at it.
Label: Self-Released | Web: Official Site
Release date: 13 January 2017