Released: 2011, Astromaster Productions
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
I can’t begin to speculate about the amount of opiates and hallucinogens ingested during the writing and recording of EMBRACE THE UNKNOWN, the debut album from Giants on Jupiter. I don’t have much info about the band other than the minimal info provided in the bio, but I can’t imagine that this album was recorded sober and clear of mind. Think of Frank Zappa, Yoko Ono, and John Zorn engaged in the ugliest gangbang ever against the backdrop of Khanate bootlegs. Abstract, noisy, drone with psychotropic musical mash-ups and no real sense of rhythm or timing makes up the 50-minute conceptual opus. What’s the concept? Dunno, it’s got something to do with giants. Doesn’t really matter though, ‘cause you’ll likely have no idea what’s going on through most of it.
But the odd thing though, is if you’ve got the mental stamina to bull through EMBRACE THE UNKNOWN, there’s some good stuff to be found. Halfway into the 16-minute opener “Wake of the Giants,” the tune transitions from a wall of audio bizarro into some Mastodon tinged doom rock. “March of the Giants” is full of effects heavy techno metal that reminded me of some of Devin Townsend’s more experimental material, and segways into a rollicking Sabbath riff. “Dance of the Giants” is 13-minutes of electro drone doom, and “Sleep of the Giants” ascends from a sleepy ambience into another sludgy, doom rocker. It’s a whacky musical compilation, but I gotta say that everytime I revisit the album, it gets a little more appealing.
Giants on Jupiter will have a limited audience, but those who freely indulge in the strange and experimental might well come to the same conclusions that I did. There are plenty of spots on EMBRACE THE GIANTS where some of the shoegazing could have been shaved off of the album’s run time, but you can’t say the band’s not ambitious. Check out the Astromaster Productions’ website for more info.