Jupiter Falls – Faces in the Sand
Leeds rockers deliver an emotional journey
Words: Brian 'Baldie' Mclean
These Leeds guys had a lot to live up with this their second full length release Faces In The Sand, which follows their excellent 2015 debut, Revolution. What they have achieved is an 11 track album of such emotion, feeling and musicianship it puts Revolution firmly in the past, and that was a great album.
The album is full of rockers and sandwiched between them are a scattering of power ballads of the highest order. Out of all the tracks two really stand out, the opener, Welcome to my World, an epic track of perfect musical structure delivered with exact tone and power. The second is the album closer, the nine minute Faces in the Sand Part One. Another awesomely structured song containing everything from vocals sang with power and feeling, instruments played as if their lives depend on it and lyrics written so they take your being into their life story. This doesn’t mean that the rest of the album is inferior, not on your Nelly. Rockers Illusion, Sickened, and Voices to name but three are in your face riff monsters iced with some high quality shredding from guitarist Deano. That guy is on fire all the way through this album. Rock ballads Call Me, Follow You and See You on the Other Side are so emotionally sang they bring a lump to your throat and the heart strings get a good pulling too.
What we have here is a band at the top of their game producing excellent hard rock. You are taken on an moving journey from track one, with Jay saying his lyrics are from life experiences and that is evident on every track. Deano is on another planet with his playing producing some of the freshest soloing I’ve heard in a long time. This wouldn’t work if the rest of the band was not totally bought in to the Jupiter Falls progression, Dan on throbbing bass, Zac on rhythm guitar and thundering drums hold it all together. If you like your hard rock with aggression, feeling, anger, excellent musicianship I recommend Faces in the Sand to be added to your collection and make sure you catch these guys live when they arrive near you.
Faces in the Sand is released 24th March 2017 on Broken Road Records.