Jupiter Falls, Faces In The Sand Part One. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

To come across Jupiter Falls was to open yourself up to the unknown revelation, the reveal of the heavy pound was enough to spark interest, to feel the pulse was to fall in love, now as the band from Leeds open up their souls, as they rip open the bleeding metal once in their new album, Faces In The Sand Part One. The ravaging nature of desire is in absolute full flow; it is call of the wild, of the raw and the passionate that makes the group one of the most dynamic and interesting British metal bands to hurl themselves at the genre in some time.

Jupiter Falls’ James Hart, Deano Silk, Zachari Daniels, Dan Clark and Luke Hatfield have taken stock of the past glory and moved onwards, the deep forest of metal now their hunting ground, and in a genre heavily dominated by the twin gods of the elder statesmen such as Metallica and Iron Maiden or the legislators of the breed that make Scandinavian metal feel as though they are the true inheritors of the music. Jupiter Falls place a huge marker down the middle and are carefully and with upmost respect, shoving them aside and painstakingly taking over their once unheralded futures.

There is so much to revel in whilst listening to Jupiter Falls, the sense of progressive is floated about like a whisper in a thunderstorm and yet as clear to the fan as a bolt of lightning striking a clear empty desert, the overwhelming ability to paint a picture using the very ground, the study of intricate levels of passion to convey beyond the representation in the frame; Faces In The Sand Part One is that examination of just exactly what good quality metal from the British shores can be like.

In tracks such as It’s Your Problem Now, See You On The Other Side, This Is A War We Cannot Win and Sickened, the crew of Jupiter Falls fight the battle with style, with terror stalking the jungle; no matter how much you love the old guard or hail the Nordic warriors who have set up camp on the horizon, there is something immensely satisfying in hearing a band who epitomise what was once an unalienable right, to be considered amongst the best of the new breed of metal.

Ian D. Hall