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Jupiter Society - 'From Endangered To Extinct' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/36/10/aa/jupiter-society-from-endangered-to-extinct-60-1384640890.jpg Hot

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As symphonic prog metal goes this is definitely worthy of your attention.

Symphonic Sci-Fi Metal anyone? You gotta love these genre descriptions haven't you? The Sci-Fi relates to subject matter only though, and, considering it's a futuristic tale about the destruction of humanity, it definitely falls into the film noir spectrum habited by the likes of 'Bladerunner' or 'The Terminator' rather than a 'Star Wars' good versus evil, set in another galaxy romp. No, this is progressive metal of truly gothic proportions that abounds with atmospheric keyboards, drop-tuned Sabbath-esque guitars, vocals multi-tracked to choir-like proportions and plenty of male/female vocal interplay courtesy of Ölvin Tronstad, Cia Blackman and the golden-tonsiled Mats Levén, who's always good value. Despite the sombre story-line and the languid, almost military pace to most of the music, it's all rather captivating and actually proves to be a very compelling listen; and save for less in the way of operatic vocals, this album will be a real treat to those Therion fans that've been left scratching their heads in bewilderment at their recent 'Les Fleurs Du Mal' opus/travesty (delete as appropriate).

The performances from all involved – who include, amongst their number, members of Candlemass, Opeth and Evergrey – are top-notch throughout but special praise must go to Soilwork skinsman Dirk Verbeuren, whose intricate patterns and fills, and refreshing lack of double-paddle bass drum work, really sets this apart from your usual prog metal album. Swedish hot-shot guitarist Marcus Jidell ain't half bad either, contributing blistering solos to 'Enemy March', 'Queen Of Armageddon' and 'Defeat' that are spine-tinglingly good. It's no wonder then that he's played with the likes of Bruce Kulick.

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Don't be put off by the less than inviting subject matter, this concept piece postively bristles with atmosphere and drama, and there's more than enough in the way of guitar wig-outs to keep you happy, not least on 'Fight Back', where crunching riffs help to create a defiant glimmer of hope in Carl Westholm's (he being Jupiter Society's main creative force) story; before eventual defeat and annihilation, which is nice!

Not a very cheery listen then, but as symphonic prog metal goes this is definitely worthy of your attention, and I guarantee you too will be enthralled by what you hear.

Alister Strachan

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