Monday, March 9, 2015

Jupiter - The History of Genesis (2015)

After Versailles' sudden split in 2012, many fans feared for the worst, nervously biting their fingernails when considering the members' creative well being and how they would endeavor to craft music in the future. Shocking, too, was the rift between vocalist Kamijo and the instrumental part of Versailles in which the two halves went separate ways to pursue their respective projects. Predictably, Kamijo launched a solo project under his own name, but lacked basic focus (re: sticking to a single genre), despite writing music uniform in quality. Jupiter, on the other hand, stuck to their power metal-based roots, releasing Classical Element the following year and The History of Genesis in 2015, which is arguably the more varied of the two and demonstrates progression and concentration as a band.

What's most surprising about The History of Genesis is not the level of quality Jupiter adheres to, but level of experimentation the band explores. Although Versailles alluded to it with tracks like "Zombie" as far back as 2008, the melodic death metal influence is readily apparent in "Darkness" and grows stronger in the album's second half when tracks "絶望ラビリンス" and "Sacred Altar" closely brush up against the sub-genre without compromising Jupiter's sound. There's something to be said of that, too, as truly good musicians keep a sliver of familiarly during experimentation to avoid alienating their loyal fan base. And, again, Jupiter does just that, introducing foreign elements while staying very much the same.