[Review] Jupiter – Zeus ~Legends Never Die~

I have spoken about Jupiter and their releases before, so I don’t think a big introduction is required, right? Last August they released their first single with the new lineup, Theory of Evolution, while some of the songs found on that single have returned onto this new album in a re-recorded state there are also plenty of new songs to enjoy, as well as a few “KUZE ver.” of older Jupiter songs like “The spirit within me” and “TEARS OF THE SUN”, which you could previously only enjoy as a live recording from the “Wind of Evolution” DVD that came out in early October last year.
But what can you expect from this new Jupiter album? Let’s have a look at the regular edition!

Also, Jupiter will be touring Europe from May 9 to May 19, with a stop in Rotterdam for The Netherlands on May 10th. More information about the show and tickets can be found on the website of the Baroeg, here.

Tracklist (CD):
01. New World Order
02. Theory of Evolution
03. Beyond the Horizon
04. Drastic Night
05. SHOW MUST GO ON
06. Straight into the fire
07. Angel’s wings
08. No cry no more
09. Tempest
10. The spirit within me
11. TEARS OF THE SUN
12. Memories of you
13. Zeus I.Legend Never Die/II.Conversations with God

Tracklist (DVD):
01. SHOW MUST GO ON (MV) (limited edition only)
02. Zeus I.Legend Never Die (MV) (limited edition only)


New World Order
(Composed by HIZAKI.)
If you’re familiar with Jupiter’s work than you probably won’t be surprised by me telling you that HIZAKI yet again composed a powerful introduction to the album which starts of powerful and opera-esque, but keeps a calm rhythm for the rough minute this song is in length, rolling straight into the next song almost flawlessly.

Theory of Evolution
(Composed by HIZAKI, lyrics by HIZAKI.) (Previously released on Theory of Evolution single.)
Since I have already spoken about this song in the single-review I will keep it short here by saying this song has been re-recorded for the album without getting any serious changes. In fact, you might even have to listen to it twice to hear it’s a slightly different than the original mix on the single.

Beyond the Horizon
(Composed by HIZAKI, lyrics by HIZAKI.)
Right when the song starts KUZE’s voice takes over your ears and mixes really well with the instruments played by the other members. Combining the powerful riffs HIZAKI and TERU are known for with the surprisingly versatile voice of KUZE gives this song power, yet tones it down whenever he sings, creating a bridge between different genres that should make it easier for non-metal fans to listen to as well.

Drastic Night
(Composed by HIZAKI, lyrics by HIZAKI.)
Drastic Night immediately takes the album into a different turn, rollercoaster style. Overall the song sounds a lot more aggressive than the one going before it, with more influence from the classic metal genre (which should not be confused with classical!) and KUZE giving a great demonstration of how versatile his vocal range actually is with low notes and high notes following each other almost seamlessly.

SHOW MUST GO ON
(Composed by TERU, lyrics by KUZE.)
This song has been composed by TERU, and you can immediately hear the difference in style compared to the other songs on the album. TERU took a completely different approach musically, which is more in tune with Western heavy metal, backed up by KUZE reaching new directions yet again. Overall SHOW MUST GO ON is a song with a faster pace, but often you’ll also hear the tempo drop before it picks up again with the famous guitar lines Jupiter is known for. It is however the heaviest song on the album, and I’m sure it’s a definite highlight live.

Straight into the fire
(Composed by HIZAKI, lyrics by KUZE.)
Turning to a more symphonic influence the song starts off with a background choir before KUZE takes over with the higher side of his vocal range. Next to symphonic the influence of classic metal is clearly present again too, both in vocals and in guitars. The essence of fire does seem to be caught pretty well in this song, in different ways of interpertation too. The fire within KUZE’s voice is clearly audible throughout the entire song too.

Angel’s wings
(Composed by HIZAKI, lyrics by KUZE.) (Previously released on Theory of Evolution single.)
Just like Theory of Evolution, this song can be found on that same single. It surprises me that the choice has been made to include this song instead of Bring me out, but this song has also been re-recorded without any significant changes, so my opinion on it hasn’t changed either.

No cry no more
(Composed by HIZAKI, lyrics by KUZE.)
For this song KUZE limited his range to sort of the middle area, making the song sound like a sort of musical piece where the singer reflects on themselves and their life. Creating highs and lows within the song as it takes you on a cloud from start to finish. The best way to describe this song is to actually experience it for yourself!

Tempest
(Composed by HIZAKI, lyrics by HIZAKI.)
With ease the fastst song on the entire album with a lot of duo-guitar work by HIZAKI and TERU and near scream vocals from KUZE, which are backed up by his clean vocals and occasional high notes, making it one of the more “aggressive” songs on the album at the same time. I’m very curious to how this song will turn out live, since it has great potential to become even more powerful if the audience pitches in here.

The spirit within me
(Composed by HIZAKI, lyrics by HIZAKI.) (Previously released on The spirit within me single.)
Now we’re getting to the interesting part, especially because this song has been one of my personal favorites to hear from ZIN. There was already a bit of a preview to a KUZE ver. on the Wind of Evolution live DVD (along with TEARS OF THE SUN, ARCADIA and Guilty as Sin) but the studio version is quite different as well. It’s very interesting how the different range KUZE can touch with his vocals during this song still make it feel familiar compared to the original version.

TEARS OF THE SUN
(Composed by HIZAKI, lyrics by HIZAKI.) (Previously released on TEARS OF THE SUN mini-album.)
Similar to the previous song, this is a re-recorded version of a song that originally had it’s vocals provided by ZIN. KUZE’s range gives a whole new layer of dimension to the song without changing it too much and making it unrecognizable compared to the original.

Memories of you
(Composed by HIZAKI, lyrics by HIZAKI.)
Quite possibly the closest to a rock ballad on the album, even with it’s faster instrumentals here and there. But a great opportunity for KUZE to show off more of his range. While I personally think this type of songs aren’t exactly for his voice, it’s definitely not bad with the classic rock and metal influences mixed into it.

Zeus I. Legend Never Die /II. Conversations with God
(Composed by HIZAKI, lyrics by HIZAKI.)
Not long before the release of the album the first part, Legend Never Die, was already revealed as one of the music videos with the album, setting the bar quite high with it’s melodic opening and quick riffs which each contribute to the buildup of a familiar style within Jupiter’s discography. We’re not going to discuss the music video, but merely the song on it’s own. KUZE’s voice suits this style very well, as he has demonstrated earlier with Theory of Evolution, creating a sound worthy of a movie soundtrack.
When the song switches to it’s second part, Conversations with God, you’ll know immediately because the style and rhythm change completely to a less symphonic performance and more to a powerful rock ballad to symbolize the voice of God throughout the song. Overall this double-song forms a great ending to the album, but might also be the most familiar style that we’re used to from Jupiter.


Conclusion:

Overall Jupiter once again delivers with a powerful, solid album touching various genres of heavy metal including symphonic, classical and progressive to support the new style of vocals provided by KUZE who can bring more of a classic hard rock/metal vocal style into the mix.
I’m slightly disappointed that the majority of the album has been written by HIZAKI, making it feel more of a solo project than an actual Jupiter album (meaning that normally I do see and hear more songs credited to TERU’s name for example), but KUZE wrote a fair share of the lyrics as well for this one, and some of the songs are re-recordings of older songs.
If you’re already familiar with Jupiter’s work I’d highly recommend to listen to the “KUZE ver.” of the older songs, but also to the newer songs in general since this album showcases a different side of Jupiter that they weren’t able to show before.

 

Final score: 70/100

 

Release information:
Artist:
Jupiter
Release: ZEUS ~Legends Never Die~ (album)
Release date: April 3, 2019
CD number: POCS-9190 (limited edition) / POCS-1778 (regular edition)

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