Austrian rockers The Jupiter Effect have honed an intriguing, unusual sound that fuses progressive rock and metal with a stoner rock vibe fuelled by delicious guitar riffs.
The Vienna band’s fusion of a multitude of genres reflects their name, given the numerous number of moons orbiting Jupiter. And their music jumps between harmonious easy listening, experimental sounds and heavy, riff-driven intense metal, all built around lyrics focused on drugs, death and a thrive for freedom.
The band have released their first two singles this year, of which the latest is Amalthea. It opens up with lively guitar riffs that drop into a cool opening verse “I always wanted you to be here, Never to break out, never to roam about, But you prefer to give into fear, Never hear me out, always standing proud.”
The vocals intensify then it bursts into an edgy chorus with brief screams followed by singalong vocals echoed by diving guitar chords. A more laid-back section of spoken vocals flows into light guitar licks, then gradually builds up with a winding guitar riff then crashes into dual riffs over pounding drums and cymbals. That gives way to a big final chorus powered by driving drums with more intense vocals and heavy guitars. Check it out in the cool lyric video below:
And that follows the mighty seven-and-a-half-minute-long Poison, which opens up with a cool heavy darting opening bass riff that;s soon supported by booming chords and driving drums. A heavier guitar riff jumps in over the top and drops into a cool opening verse led by Robert Willem Diem’s engaging vocals. Heavier guitars suddenly jump in for a really cool edgy chorus that drops into a big driving guitar riff.
A second chorus drops into a repeating guitar note over driving drums that feeds into a spinning riff then a big guitar solo over more lively drums. That’s followed by a more laid-back section that soon drops into a really mellow lingering high-pitched guitar that brings the track to an end. This is a super cool track and you can check it out in the video below:
We’re loving the sound of this band and the good news is there’s more to come with an impending debut album. We had a chat with the band to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are The Jupiter Effect?
TJE: “The Jupiter Effect are Robert Willem Diem (vocals and guitar), Martin Burtscher (guitar), Markus Manahl (bass) and Fabian Natter (drums). Martin, Markus and Fabian all studied Modern and Jazz music in Vienna and quickly found each other and founded the band.
“Experimenting with instrumental progressive, riff-driven Stoner Rock, they developed The Jupiter Effect’s distinctive approach: a complex, album style song architecture that takes its time when time is needed.
“Robert joined the band and added lyrics, vocals and a solid rhythm guitar to it, bending the overall sound back a bit towards accessibility for a larger audience. The tension between complex, intellectual Prog Rock and solid, emotional Hard Rock is probably one of the things which make The Jupiter Effect’s sound so interesting.”
GR: You just released Poison. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
TJE: “It’s a raw and noisy song, situated somewhere between Alternative, Metal and Stoner Rock, with a long intro and very long outro. It’s a critical reflection on the relationship between our psyche and drugs – a twisted narrative that cannot be labelled black or white.
“Dramaturgically, the song represents a trip – from the point when the stuff begins to kick in (verses & chorus) over to a climax (bridge) through a state of erratic chaos (end of the bridge) to a second kick (last chorus) to a sickening comedown.
“Even in full sobriety, drug consumption doesn’t appear sinful or wrong – which gives way to a darkness that inhabits all of us. The songs deals with the way drugs change and chain you, even though you’re fully aware of that before you do them. It deals with the inner conflict, the push and pull that they impose on us.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
TJE: “It’s like driving a black mustang out of the cargo hold of a flying freighter plane, jumping out of it in mid-air, parachuting to the next supermarket, doing a precision landing in front of the main entry, going in to buy a six pack and realizing you forgot your wallet.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
TJE: “Life is riddled with contradictions and everyone is plagued by inner conflicts. There’s rarely a clear answer, and stuff seldomly happens the way we want it to. The lyrics and the music of The Jupiter Effect try to work out a way of dealing with these existential ramifications surrounding love, sexuality, family, freedom, and coming of age / finding your place in the world.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
TJE: “Progressive Stoner Rock, somewhere between QOTSA, Incubus, Deftones and Valley of the Sun.”
What have you got coming up in 2020? New music, new gigs, recording etc…?
TJE: “We have recorded a complete album titled I/O. Poison is the first single to be followed by Amalthea in the beginning of March. The Album itself will be released digitally in April and on Vinyl sometime in Autumn.”