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Jupiter Society: Terraform
Jupiter Society Terraform new music review

Jupiter Society: Terraform

Symphonic/Progressive/Power Metal
Rating: 4.0/5.0

Ten years in the making, Carl Westholm (Krux, Candlemass, Carptree) debuted his Jupiter Society in 2008 with First Contact Last Warning, an auspicious and often overwhelming musical sci-fi epic. Westholm's Jupiter Society returns with another grand tour-de-force opera with Terraform. Certain Society members remain including versatile vocalist Mats Leven (Krux, Malmsteen, Therion, among others) and Leif Edling (Candlemass and Krux). But, in the end, the prime mover is composer Westholm himself. While Terraform is as grand as its predecessor, it has a heavier feel which you will notice in the first two songs, New Universe and Rescue and Resurrection. Yet, all along the way, Terraform is pure escapist sci-fi prog metal suited for theater or film score. I think its very cool, and Wesholm my be destined to knock Dutch composer and musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon) off his throne as the current king of the form. Recommended.

In Short

Jupiter Society's Terraform is as grand and ambitious as it's predecessor, if not more cogent and a bit heavier. Carl Westholm's soaring sci-fi prog metal rivals and reigns with other greats like Lucassen's Ayreon.

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