By Dr. Abner Mality

The cover art on this album is breathtaking! Best cover I’ve seen this year. But what about what’s on the inside?

Jupiterian are a masked band from Brazil that plays very atmospheric doom metal. Masked bands are a dime a dozen these days, but Jupiterian certainly sounds very different than much of what I hear from Brazil. The production on this is very impressive and they easily sound like they could be from England or Scandinavia  I also get the impression they put some thought into their doom metal and are not just content with churning out monotonous sludge riffs (although there are some pretty monstrous ones here).  The songs are long but not excessively so.

“Matriach” starts things in an odd way with a gloomy but not crushing sound…the guitar tones border on the psychedelic. It doesn’t agree with me all that well, but they are trying something different. “Unearthly Glow” is much heavier and sludgier while “Forefathers” is aggressive and has an odd grinding tone to the guitar. The title track is atmospheric noise made with the help of Mories from Gnaw Their Tongues and that should give you an idea of what to expect right there.

Last tracks “Us And Them” and “Sol” remind me of old My Dying Bride colliding with the caustic sludge of Eyehategod. There are some strong riffs to be found here. There are spots where Jupiterian loses me, but overall, this is intelligent doom with interesting ideas.