Shrouded in mystery and covering themselves in ritualistic garments making themselves look like proper wraiths is Jupiterian. They stand out from the crowd already visually, but does their music follow suite? Yes. Yes it does. Terraforming is a unique, earth moving, murky and dissonant release that is hard to forget. This release does a great job of cloaking you in a thick murky fog for its entirety as well as providing you with dense chilling atmospheres. Terraforming’s atmosphere lurks and stalks all throughout this release and acts as an entity almost all its own.
As a matter of fact, the atmosphere that shifts and slithers its way through the sonic doom madness often seems to be larger and more grand than the weighty sludge filled riffs themselves. With that being said, the atmosphere that is presented within this record compliments the droning, ever murky and dissonant riffs and eccentric drumming perfectly. Every element that is in this record comes together perfectly to create a swirling mass of sonic doom madness. Terraforming is a cohesive well constructed record that transports you from the comfort of your own home to a soundscape that is dark, ghastly and all together nightmarish.
Each track is striking and enveloping as they each pull you in to a chasm of utter darkness. Terraforming is a mystifying and captivating release that is entirely hard to not want to listen to. As the record plays on, each track just gets better and better. There isn’t a cut on Terraforming that you would want to exclude from your listen or from the album in general. Everything flows together so nicely creating a wonderfully dark and venomous soundscape.
These gloomy tracks in which Terraforming harbors evoke feelings of dread and despair and stab right at the heart of the listener for the entirety of the record. These spectral and haunting tracks are sure to stick with you for some time to come as this release does a good job of getting right under your skin. Terraforming is an oppressive and monolithic record, one that makes you succumb to its sheer weight. Sooner rather than later you become buried under all of the murky riffs, dissonant drumming, chilling vocals and ever shifting dense atmosphere.
The musicianship on this record is perfect and versatile and throughout this release, Jupiterian really shows what they are made of. Each track is so well done and each element that is sewn in to this record works so well with one another ultimately providing you with one hell of a memorable listen. From the earth moving riffs to the pounding drumming to the harrowing vocals to the acoustic and synthesizer touches, Jupiterian mixes it all together so well to create a world of their own.
This is a dense, unique, interesting and incredibly captivating record that you just shouldn’t be missing out on. Not enough can be said about this release and I may not even be doing it justice, but I can say that this is a great album not only for the doom genre but for metal in general. Jupiterian doesn’t seem afraid to try new things and expand their sound and branch out and because of that, we have an excellent record to listen to. Terraforming is a work of art, one that will be remembered for quite some time to come.
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