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Jupiter Society - First Contact-Last Warning (7/10) - Sweden - 2008

Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Fosfor Creation
Playing time: 60:35
Band homepage: Jupiter Society


  1. The Pilot
  2. Bismarck Explorer
  3. Cold Rigid And Remote
  4. Abduction
  5. The Enemy
  6. Solitude Unites Us
  7. 8511
  8. Presumed Dying
Jupiter Society - First Contact-Last Warning

JUPITER SOCIETY is the new brainchild of KRUX/CRAPTREE member Carl Westholm, and on board with him are…pretty much the who’s who of the Swedish Prog Rock scene. The concept is about some spaceship in the future being attacked by an alien one. Well, “First Contact-Last Warning” being a science fiction story, the musical backdrop that is chosen is trippy Progressive Rock with a heavy emphasis on making the music cinematic.


The album sounds like it was written to be the soundtrack of a science fiction movie. It has a very narrative structure, where the emphasis on all of the music is built more on creating and enhancing the feeling of traveling in the cosmos, instead of writing more orthodox songs. Most of the songs start off with some little atmospheric keyboard section that builds into something much more involved, and these same piece are used to bridge the gap between the songs, giving the sense of the album’s story taking place via the different scenes.


One thing I did like is how everything is so mellow and laid back. There is no Prog noodling here. The band opts to focus the songwriting in creating ethereal sounds in order to tell the overall story taking place. What’s pretty cool is that the music has this very detached feel to it, so it sounds like the various singers on the album are narrating the story to you while the melodies are what propel the story forward.


There is one thing about the songwriting that I did not enjoy, and that was the lack of a musical climax on the album. The music is multi-layered, slowly building up to unleash the high point of the song, but that high point never comes, or if it does, it never feels as powerful as it should be. I’m not sure if this was the writers’ intention, but this is something more that you would put in the background while doing something else, instead of being an album that you listen to closely. The album never really clicks with your gut, nor your brain. It never struck a chord with me, so I can’t have any emotional attachment to it.


All in all, it is a good record, but it lacks the X-factor to make it a great one.

(Online September 19, 2008)

Armen Janjanian

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