I have been a champion of Canada’s Jupiter Hollow since they first hit the scene three years ago, so right up front, I fucking love these guys. It’s been a few years since we have heard from them, but it’s been worth the wait. With the release of their new album, Bereavement, they are back, both literally and figuratively.
A duo made up of Kenny Parry and Grant MacKenzie, Jupiter Hollow feel like a much larger project. How can this just be two guys? Comparisons to bands like Tool, Live, A Perfect Circle and Nine Inch Nails come easy and for good reason. This is the new generation of players who are putting their spin on all things progressive, industrial and synthy. The grandsons of Genesis and Yes, this is progressive rock for the youth of today who find the originators a bit to baroque for their tastes.
Bereavement continues the storyline from both previous releases AHDOMN (2018) and Odyssey (2016). Within it, Parry and MacKenzie run rampant through emotions and concepts that constantly keep listeners on their toes aurally and mentally. Rhythms wind through your head while staccato, herky-jerky beats throw your soul side to side. Bereavement is a an emotional sonic painting that leaves you bathed in colours and emotions.
If they capture a wide enough audience, Jupiter Hollow can be contenders. Their sound is built to appeal to fans of so many genres and preferences it should be a slam dunk. So, as I said to Brother Jamie when I got my copy of the album, “Finally, something awesome happened in 2020.”
Bereavement is out now. Buy it here!