Review: Jupiter – Interstellar Chronodive

Need a soundtrack to make the monotonous weekday commute feel like you’ve transcended the oppressive temporal and spatial boundaries which shackle us to the confines of reality? Jupiter‘s Interstellar Chronodive will transport you back to the heady days of near-universal altered-consciousness, hedonistic indulgence and killer proto-metal riffage of the 1970’s.

Rocking out of Churchmoor, Finland, came this release from the surprisingly young trio in July 2015, and it has been on my playlist ever since. There were several weeks where I considered mini-reviewing it because I couldn’t find the time to devote to the full-length review it totally deserves. The six tracks clocking in at around 45 minutes are an excellent balance of proggy psych-drenched meandering and straight-up riff-laden heavy rock.

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From the first moments of opener “Stonetrooper”, vibes of rolling into a small-town in an old beat-up gas-guzzling convertible car take me back in time. The lurching half-cut swagger of the bass combined with the splashes of desert sun-soaked reverb twang of the guitars tangibly staining the UV-faded wood-grained interior trim-kit. After the three-minute drive to the center of town, the killer riffs blast into gear and you into space.

The album perfectly oscillates between these two styles, sometimes over the course of a couple of minutes, other times within a single riff. An example being the ending of “Premonitions”, where the band bring a stoned pseudo-doom heaviness to the front, only for it to dissolve into a storytelling spoken word intro jam (think The Doors) on the next track “Dispersed Matter/Astral Portal”. To my ears though, amongst the heavyweight bands of the period, the driving riffs on this album most resemble those of Deep Purple.

Admittedly, the vocals were not exactly a stand-out at first, but they quickly grew on me to the point where I can’t imagine these songs with anything different. It really helps that the lyrics (from what I can piece together) are pretty damn fitting for the mood of the album. While the band is Finnish, the lyrics are in English, so you can die with a smile on your face (nothing against Finnish but The Big Lebowski is on in the background at the moment) and echo back lines such as –

“I take all, and give nothing in return.
I don’t give a damn about you!
Give me a beer, and a cigarette,
and a joint as well.
I’ll smoke them all the way, from you.”
[“Spirit of the Leech” 2:25-3:00]

The eye-catching album cover was what drew me to the album in the first place, which as many of you know, is commonplace for this shallow lizard, but I’ll be damned if the art isn’t indicative of the experience you’ll receive from spinning this well-rounded and ultimately enjoyable album.

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  • COAL ROLL

    FFO: Dad rock

  • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

    I like yer style, Lizard Dude.

    I can’t wait to listen to this.

  • Dagon

    Gooey guitar tone. This is right up my alley. Bass sounds great too.

  • and just like old albums, we have to turn up the volume too

    • Dagon

      Turn it up and burn this motherfucker down. The riffs get more aggro towards the end. This is awesome.

      • the music’s great, i hope i didn’t infer negativity. and this is definitely easier to blast at my work, than say Deicide

        • Dagon

          I understood you were enjoying it as much as I am

          • Lacertilian

            It’s a great driving with the windows down kinda Summer album.

          • Dagon

            I vibed out to it while melting on my couch.

    • That was the first thing that stuck out to me. I liek it.

  • Fuckkkk that first track was dope!

    I fully expected a boring stoner jam, but boy was I wrong!

    Those riffs are great. Looking forward to the next 5 tracks!

    GL!

  • Did anyone see Quentin Tarantino’s acceptance speech last night?

    Dude makes some killer movies but the man has to be the most socially awkward person ever. Stop talking Quentin and just make another movie.

    http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/blogs/browbeat/2016/01/10/quentin_tarantino_s_drunken_golden_globes_speech_in_gifs/tarantinograzie.gif.CROP.original-original.gif

    • Just watched Django Unchained for the first time last night.

      All I have to say is: Whoa.

      • Maik Beninton™

        I loved that movie.

      • Strange because Jamie Foxx was in that.

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        Django, you motheeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr………………………!

    • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

      He is super awkward. I’m gonna have to find a clip of it. What did he win?

      • He didn’t win anything it was the man that did the movie score.

        • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

          Ennio Morricone won an award? Hell yeah. The man is a genius.

          • Yup, I was too lazy to google his name.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            His filmography is extensive and astounding.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Didn’t he do the theme for The Good, The Bad And The Ugly?

      • Nope. Can’t do it. Sooooo fucking painful to watch.

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        Damn, beat me to it! Is it me or does Samuel L. Jackson look like he’s keeping from strangling the ever-loving life from him? Like “Goddamnit, I owe my career to this fucking nutcase wigger from Hell!”

      • Óðinn

        Yeah, he should just stop trying so hard to be cool and using slang terms to relate to African Americans.

        Sometime around 1995, Tarantino began getting high on his own farts too.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Yeah, dude is weird. Humans are weird.

    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      Just got done watching the thing, and not seeing where it’s really that offensive. Awkward and moronic of him to say, sure, but not exactly racist.

      • It’s really not that bad. People are blowing it way out of proportion. He’s just a weirdo that seems coked out of his mind.

        • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

          Yeeeeep! His context didn’t seem racial at all. Tarantino’s definitely not a racist, but I think he gets a giddy little boner every time he uses words like the n-word, ghetto, dawg etc.

        • more beer

          All I can say is wow. I never knew the word ghetto was an exclusive word. That white people are not allowed to use. The world has gone completely insane with this PC crap.

          • Agreed.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I think Foxx seems to claim the word ‘ghetto’ as if it’s an exclusive African American thing. I do understand the sentiment, but people need to look further than their own community. What about some of the Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander neighborhoods? What about some of the White trailer parks? Are some of those any less decrepit than some of the African American ‘ghettos’?

            Go back in time and you’ll find that for instance in NYC in some cases the Italians and the Irish were living in neighborhoods that could qualify as ‘ghettos’ as well.

            There’s white working class ghettos in Europe too. Take a look at some communities in Liverpool, Glasgow or Dublin. Go to a Dutch trailer park in Eindhoven. Some 10 years ago I went to London and I visited Bermondsey and Canning Town in the southeast and east of the city (a friend of mine had relatives living there). You had people shooting up over there in broad daylight. You had every pub in the area paying protection money to some leather jacket, gold watch-wearing Cockney rhyming slang speaker.

            The fact that those places had and have a white majority, don’t make them any less run-down.

          • more beer

            I totally agree. This has nothing to do with skin color. It is all economic. If you are poor you more than likely live in a poor area of whatever city you happen to live in. If you are rich you live in a more upscale place. This is just the way of the world. I can pretty much guarantee Jamie Fox isn’t living in a ghetto. As soon as he made it he moved some place more upscale.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I don’t think Foxx ever lived in an actually dangerous area. He was raised by his grandparents in a segregated neighborhood. Segregated, yes. But that doesn’t necessarily mean bad. He studied arts at some posh academy.

            He’s one of the most easily butthurt stars in Hollywood. The countless of feuds he got into with some of his co-actors attest to that. Spike Lee might beat him in an asshurt contest though.

          • more beer

            At least Spike Lee grew up in Brooklyn. I don’t know anything about Jamie Fox’s upbringing. Nor do I really care. In all honesty, I am sick of all of these actors & actresses acting like they are geniuses. They all seem to think their opinions are causes are more important than everyone else’s. That everyone else should jump on whatever bandwagon they happen to be on today. Being an entertainer most certainly doesn’t make them a political expert. Not to mention a lot of them aren’t even good at their chosen professions. The regular people who use these peoples opinions to make choices are even worse. In my opinion they should do their jobs and shut up about everything else.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            It isn’t any different with the music scene these days. For metal you don’t have to look further than Blythe, Taylor and Flynn. They have an opinion on everything. And I don’t even mind their bands. I enjoy at least 2 albums of each of those bands. But for fuck’s sake, stick to the music.

          • more beer

            I am actually not a fan of any of their bands. Yea non of those guys ever shut up. Especially Blythe that guy just goes on and on about everything. If these guys want to talk politics. Start a grind or punk band or just shut up. I just used actors because they have more reach than some guy in a metal band. The sooner they all shut up the better off the world will be.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Not a hardcore fan either. But I like albums such as Burn My Eyes, As The Palaces Burn and Iowa. Especially for people trying to get into the more extreme side of metal, they’re a good starting point. But yeah, absolutely, they need to shut the hell up.

          • more beer

            Silence is golden you know.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Some people need to get over themselves. Especially Jamie Foxx, who has had blood leaking from his ass on more than one occasion.

  • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

    Damn, I came in expecting this Jupiter:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xQM778WyeE

    Walks away disappointed as I take my ball and go home.

    • FUCK OFF!!!!!!!! DOWNVOTED!!!!!!!!!

      • Dubs

        Upvoted

        • BLASPHEMY!

          • Dubs

            No anime

          • Upvoted

          • Dubs

            I have some bad news for you. Satanic Warmaster likes anime.

          • Yeah, don’t remind me. His newer stuff isn’t much my bag anyways. Too clean.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I’ve not listened to him too much. It didn’t help that the first song I heard from him started with “sieg hail”

          • Dubs

            Yah, that’s my main reason for avoiding the music. The anime just adds to it.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            P sure he only did one album like that. Plus, personally I mind even less than usually ’cause I know the case well enough to say that ain’t exactly his leaning.

          • What is his case? Other than just being extremely embarrassing person.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Paraphrasing:
            -“Black metal was always about evil in man. It was supposed to personify evil in music. Satan isn’t evil, not anymore. There’s only one internationally recognized symbol of evil left.”

          • That’s pretty much the whole Intolitarian perspective on it too.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQllHlpMms0

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            So p much just an embarassing person. Combined with the” I is more evuhl than ye” -attitude of the second-wave Norwegian bands.

          • Dubs

            So on the level of “I’m taking back the sunwheel symbol” kind of dumb?

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Well, not exactly methinks. He ain’t pretending anybody is going to take it for anything else than the Nazi swastika – and that was the point, to be considered “evil”.
            Dumb, just not that dumb.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            If a bm band wants to be evil nowadays, they should just get Trump or Ben Carson to collab on the album

          • Ben Carson is one evil mother.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Its hard to know whos the most evil out of Ben Carson, Trump, and Ted Cruz

          • Cruz. Hands down. Trump is just a moron trying to go with the momentum. Carson wants to sell books. Ted Cruz actually wants to destroy this idiot earth.

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Tru enough

          • And he looks like a pedophile. IMO

          • We need Christopher Walken more than ever.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4jng0ZBRUs

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Trump’s the one with the lead, so wouldn’t matter how evil the other two are. I’m more afraid of a genuinely evil person with power than a genuinely evil person just sitting around eating donuts and scouring Failure For Blogs or whatever they do.

          • Politics are the evil mother fuckers.

          • “I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking away the right to arm ourselves.”

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Pyramids were grain silos
            -idiot christian

          • the pyrimids were definitely built by aliens
            -my dad, who kicks ass

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED
          • uh…

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            Psst, it was a picture of a young buff Giorgio

          • lelz, he has aged like a fine wine

          • wut

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED
          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Lol, sounds like King 810 lyrics!

          • more beer

            I think he is more insane than evil.

          • “I like that Ben Carson.”

            -My Girlfriend’s Mother, Christmas Eve

            *shudders violently*

          • Of all the prospect on the Republican side, he is probably the only one I can stand listening too. And that is not saying much.

          • JWEG

            I’m not sure whether Rump’s latest target (NFL safety measures) is about (a) trying to court more of the “Real Men Accept Traumatic Brain Injuries because Testosterone” crowd, or (b) lobbing softballs at a crowd that already believes that concern for player safety is ruining their gladiator sport.

            Either way, it’s another at least passively racist position.

          • Strength & Honour was pretty much a NSBM album.
            https://i.ytimg.com/vi/mKHkex5CAMs/maxresdefault.jpg

          • Yup, his earlier stuff is more on the lines of that. Not so much his newer shit. I still like the older stuff better though. Sue me.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            No anime in that one, but you didn’t say anything about Killer Kai!!!! 😀

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            RULE 1: NO ANIME. VISUAL KEI IS ANIME.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Anime = cartoon style
            Visual Kei = dress style

            Trying to compare apples and hand grenades on that one.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I’m gonna compare a hand grenade up your arse.

          • upvoted

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            The fuck did all of KJU’s comments disappear to?

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Was wondering the same thing.

          • see a few comments above… did KJM really silence him?

          • (shrugs)

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair
          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Why’d you delete your account, poopoo?

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Eh, reasons. :-p

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Oh you silly bitch

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair
          • more beer

            Kinky!

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            How’s about getting your tongue out of my zipper first?

          • SILENCE THE WEEB

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair
          • Why do you keep posting this junk?

            I really want to know.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            So that the kittens may live.

          • Sir Tapir The Based
      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        NYEAH!!!!! DIAGONALVOTED!!!!!

      • CT-12

        Dude, you gotta check out this fucking split, fucking awesome (also, apparently Iron Bonehead is releasing a CD today of a side project of these guys called Hostium, if you’re interested). https://nordwindvinland.bandcamp.com/

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Oh god this is just terrible

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair
        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Jim Carrey <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

          • he was in the Truman Show though, at least one redeeming quality!

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            And ‘In Living Color’.

          • i’ll defer to Tapir on that one

          • Scrimm

            DOWNVOTED

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        Eh, music’s good. The video on the other hand is lolbuttz.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Nope, music be terrrrrrrrrrrrible!

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            I’m on my 3rd spin of Blackstar. Damn, such a good CD!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            That music, on the other hand, be fuckin’ güüd

  • Dubs

    Anyway, this jams hard. I’ve been trying to place an influence, but I’m drawing straws today aside from stoner metal in general. I think fans of Red Fang and Monolithian will enjoy.

  • Jupiter iz gud.

  • Dubs

    Lizard, I should also commend your writing. Strong as always.

    • Lacertilian

      With the amount of times I’ve drafted an idea for this in my head, only to forget and write about other bands instead, I’m just glad to get this one out.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Did someone say Finnish proto metal?. I’ll give it a listen when my Internet is back up.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Did someone say Finnish?
      *ties a noose*

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        They’re from Finland

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          No one’s from Finland. I am from Finland, so I can confirm this fact,

          • more beer

            I thought you were an imaginary creature?

          • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

            *anus

          • more beer

            That too!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Exactly

        • Jim (James) has got you there!

          • YOU JAMESY A.D

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            If Jim is short for James, what’s McNulty short for?

        • Who is?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Jupiter

          • The planet?

  • I might be going out on a limb, but I really think the music is so strong that it could hold up without the singer. I think the singer is good, but the leads/rhythms are so tight that I want to just focus on them…. and not the singer…

    Thoughts?

    • Dubs

      It would work as an instrumental album.

      • It might squeak out as one. Might need a tad extra riffing here and there. Hmmmmmm

      • Lacertilian

        This might sound silly but I am of the opinion that most great albums should sound good as instrumentals. The music must be strong in the first place, maybe some reworking of verse repetition in some cases.

    • I’m good with it either way.

  • Óðinn

    Thanks Lacertilian. I’ll check these guys out.

    I saw your cameo at the beginning of the new Mad Max film. Good work. 😉

  • Excellent, Lizard. The bass tone is so good.

  • my work has blocked the 1PM article (probably the URL has “games” in it). you guise will let me know if Tapir does something silly there?

    • Dubs

      It was just a post about my favorite board games. Tapir was actually about as decent as he can be.

  • Waynecro

    Not my kinda jam, but I’m glad I heard it. Thanks, Mr. Lizard.

  • CT-12

    This is fucking so much more awesome than I thought it would be. Thanks for sharing Lacertilian. Been a good day of lucky music finds today.

  • Eliza

    Listening to this during breaks makes school seem a tad easier to get through.