Jupiterian – Terraforming

From the treasure chest teeming with disturbing musical life forms of Transcending Obscurity, here comes this second full length of Brazilian Jupiterian, interpreters of a majestic sludge death doom. I noticed that both today and in the past this paulist band has received decidedly discordant opinions, and I myself had appreciated but not exalted the death doom offered by ours about three years ago with the debut ep Archaic, but I think that this is the destiny of those who do not limit themselves to offer condescending or banal music: I personally think that Terraforming, besides being a really decisive and important sonic evolution, is just about the best possible form of sludge that can be offered these days because, if we try to take a band that interprets the genre in the most extreme and incompromising way possible, like Primitive Man for example, giving it a minimal but fundamental amount of melodic sense, here comes the musical essence of Jupiterian. It’s thanks to this that the album does not only have the effect of oppressing the listener because, by opening up to more enjoyable passages despite the fact that it never lacks absolute heaviness, it succeeds in attracting irresistibly as would the enormous gravitational mass of the largest of the planets recalled by the band’s moniker. If Matriarch and Forefathers are the emblem of the best and most accomplished sludge doom (with annexed hints of ambient), in Unearthly Glow those unexpected melodies make their way that seem to bring everything back to a more accessible level, and if in the title track the experimenter Maurice De Jong (Gnaw Their Tongues) offers his contribution to a remarkable environmental/noise break, the following Us And Them by Jupiterian has really nothing in common with the well known pinkfloydian song, even if at the end the guitar draws pleasantly crystalline passages, before Sol finally razes to the ground what little was left staggering in an upright position, with a riffing with an oppressive load difficult to describe. In my opinion, the best gift of Jupiterian is essentially in their not being satisfied with just beating, reminding us and many of their colleagues of the genre how essential it is to vary and offer every now and then to the listeners some grips to which they can cling to not be swept away by the tsunami of riffs that the Brazilian band does not miss.

2017 – Transcending Obscurity Records