[Review] Jupiter – Theory of Evolution

Artist: Jupiter
Release: Theory of Evolution
Release date: 2018/08/08
CD number: ZRJP-9803


CD Playlist:

01. Theory of Evolution
02. Bring me out
03. Angel’s wings
04. Theory of Evolution -instrumental ver.-
05. Bring me out -instrumental ver.-
06. Angel’s wings -instrumental ver.-

 

After the departure of vocalist ZIN, Jupiter returned in August this year with a new single called “Theory of Evolution”, showcasing the new vocalist KUZE (ex-Concerto Moon) through three new songs and of course the instrumental versions of these songs. The second song, “Bring me out” has been written and composed entirely by KUZE, while “Theory of Evolution” has been written and composed by HIZAKI en Angel’s wings is a mixture of the two.

Theory of Evolution
(Composed by HIZAKI, lyrics by HIZAKI.)
The title song of the single is a very powerful one, as probably expected from Jupiter’s discography so far. It’s very easy to tell that this song has been written and composed by HIZAKI due to it’s powerful symphonic guitar styles, but also because of the way KUZE sings. While trying to maintain the familiar sound of Jupiter HIZAKI knows how to compliment Jupiter’s vocalist who isn’t ZIN, creating a powerful melodic song with an opera-esque vocal style for KUZE.

Bring me out
(Composed by KUZE, lyrics by KUZE.)
While the first song starts out rather symphonic, that’s not the case for the second one. It immediately starts off with heavier drums and a lower vocal style than Theory of Evolution, changing the sound of the single immediately. The vocals are further in the background than before, but equally as powerful with their bombarding and almost slightly sinister classic metal vibe while still remaining in the familiar realm of symphonic/classical metal despite the different styles of vocals being used. Another unique feature is that there is more focus on the rhythm section of the band rather than the guitars, which is a very interesting (and not to mention positive) change to hear for once!

Angel’s wings
(Composed by HIZAKI, lyrics by KUZE.)
Immediately starts off with a similar heavy sound from the drums and bass, and followed by a lower almost growling vocal from KUZE. Overall this song showcases the range of the new vocalist very well going from the lowest to the highest notes while combining a more grunt-type of style with the classical metal style Jupiter is most known for. A perfect showcase of the collaboration between HIZAKI and KUZE.

Instrumental: Theory of Evolution, Bring me out & Angel’s wings
As one would expect with instrumental songs, there is a clear difference without a vocalist kicking in at certain points of the song, giving a very clear and honest view of the instruments normally behind the voice. Every song is as powerful as it is with the voice of KUZE over them, but there are little things you might not hear in the regular version, giving a more in depth version of the songs. I personally love it when an instrumental version is included, but that decision is entirely up to you.

Conclusion:
When I heard the news about ZIN’s departure from Jupiter I admittedly was pretty sad, since Jupiter had a unique sound from the start and ZIN’s vocals seemed to evolve and improve with every release. So to hear he would be leaving and probably replaced by a different vocalist was a bit of a shock, but with this single alone KUZE has shown me that he is the perfect choice as a replacement in Jupiter, even if the more gothic style ZIN had might be a bit of a challenge to get into. I’m personally expecting great things from KUZE and I can’t wait for a release that showcases his version of various older Jupiter songs. And of course a growth similar to ZIN, since he came a long way from the first release in 2013 to the TEARS OF THE SUN mini-album in May 2017. Based on this single I can’t think of anyone who would be a better replacement than KUZE, and again, I am expecting great things from this new lineup.

Final score: 90/100.

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