By Dark Starr

JUPITER HOLLOW's brand of prog is certainly not something that a lot of prog purists will get behind. It's often metallic. It's chaotic, dark and crazed. It's also inventive, unique and sure to surprise. This is quite a ride. There are a lot of interesting numbers here, and nothing is really weak, but let's take a look at a few of the songs to give a little idea of the set as a whole. 

The opening "L'Eau Du Papineau" starts with gentle sounds of nature. Those elements hold it for a time, rising up gradually. Strange music enters for a short time, creating an almost nightmare vibe. Then the nature sounds take over again. A guitar climbs up along with vocals as they launch into a sort of acoustic rocking mode that is fast paced and almost a little punky. The guitar work is fast paced and powerful. Of course, that could be said of the whole arrangement. 

Piano brings "Scarden Valley" into being and holds it for a time, the vocals coming in over the top after a bit. Eventually other instruments join as the intensity builds. This is a potent rocking movement that has some smoking hot guitar soloing later along the road.  The number seems to run through and end, but then a trippy kind of atmospheric element comes in to serve as the actual closing of the piece. 

I love the angular jabs that make up the hard rocking prog motif on " The Rosedale " This is quirky, and intense. It's mainstream in an unusual way. There is a metallic vibe here that gets intensified later, but yet this is very much a prog number. If the whole album were like "Kipling Forest," I'd land it under heavy metal. This is fierce, and the vocals are literally screaming a lot of the time. Yet, it's alternated with a mellower, more melodic movement. This is a mean piece. 

"The Mill" is pretty intriguing. It has some seriously metallic stuff, but it's tempered with more proggy textures. The cut is an unusual mix of spacey, almost dreamy shoegaze like stuff with frantic riffing, extreme metal ferocity and more. Yet, it all seems to gel and work quite well. It is actually one of my favorite songs here. 

Drums lead "Sawbreaker" out of the gate. The other instruments join, bringing sort of an alternative rock meets prog approach as they do. It works through like that for a while before some extreme metal emerges. This is a quirky, rapidly changing number that is diverse and insanely creative.  Don't get comfortable anywhere along this road because the one thing that's constant here is change. There are some pretty insane sections built into this. 

At over 12-and-a-half minutes long, "Solar Gift" is the epic of the set. It comes in out of the previous piece with a cool timed arrangement that has alternative rock merged with prog at its core. The cut gets into some soaring metallic stomping later. The cut continues to shift and grow and evolve as it works forward. This is the strongest piece here without question. It is just so powerful. There is a mellower keyboard based movement later in the piece that is so classy. It works out to a prog rocking movement from there, still based heavily around keyboards. That eventually gives way to a guitar dominated movement that creates intriguing sonic patterns. They use that movement to take the track, and album to its close.