Jupiter Hollow

1. Deep In Space
2. Ascending
3. Hades Heart
4. Over 50 Years
5. Odyssey

Grant MacKenzie - guitar, bass, synth
Kenny Parry - vocals, drums, synth/keys



Produced by: Grant MacKenzie and Kenny Parry
Mixed and Mastered by: Taylor Abram, Lake Effect Studios
CD Cover, Album Artwork: Brandon Pettitt

Released 2017-01-13
Reviewed 2017-03-16


Young Canadian duo Jupiter Hollow recently released their first work, an EP called Odyssey that have received some good words from fans and from people with a bit of know-how. They can and have been compared with bands like Tool, The Mars Volta, A Perfect Circle and their peers, and they go by the simple layout with a big logo on dark background for their first EP. It all seems exciting enough when you look at it and read about it, so what about when you listen to it?

Musically it is progressive, fairly heavy with strong melodies – we have heard it all before, for example when listening to previously mentioned bands. Good Vocals. Good melodies. Good production. There are many things that can be said to be good about this album, besides what has been mentioned the variation is also strong and keeps this interesting. And there is depth in the songs, as well as the EP itself. With five tracks and 24 minutes playing time it can almost be described as a short album, on that stand up well to repeated playing.

I think it is a good EP, but there are some minor flaws. One flaw is the sense of missing novelty and another one is the lack of a strong focal point, like for example a hit song. Nevertheless, it is a rather appealing release that I think can be worth checking out. It is certainly a quite strong debut with a fairly mature sounds and it feels almost certain that this guys will make something with a little more bite in the future because its only flaw is that it lacks a little bit of edge, that edge that makes a good album great.

The EP is good, the songs are good, if you like the similar bands the chances are that you will like this EP. It is a promising debut that sets a good tone and shows a band with great potential. Now I just hope that they find that edge in time for their first album that is promised to be following the EP fairly soon.




Label: Independent
Three similar bands: Tool/A Perfect Circle/The Mars Volta
Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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