Sound — 9
Jupiter Society's second album continues in the direction set by their debut however there's more to Terraform than being First Contact//Last Warning vol 2. Jupiter Society relies heavily on keyboards to give the songs an epic, layered feel but on the first album there were several instances when this layering was overdone, giving a sense of "too many people doing too many things". This has been for the better part downsized on Terraform and the album has a cleaner, less tangled approach. The album is dominated by slow progressions from the opening keyboard riffs and leads to choruses with enormous choirs and long protracted bridges. The guitars are minimized to either repetitive industrial influenced figures or fairly heavy doom metal riffs, but this is actually a good thing because if the guitars where doing insanely technical riffs the overall balance would be lost.
Lyrics — 9
Science Fiction is the main subject in every Jupiter Society song, but not the Utopian Gene Roddenberry type. Technophobia and technoskepticism(for a lack of a better word) are recurring themes throughout the album and the lyrics are written as short stories. Unlike the previous album, which had three lead singers on Terraform I believe that ivin Tronstad has the main bulk of the vocals. He is accompanied by choirs, sampled and synthesized vocals.
Overall Impression — 9
Well for those who are not interested in progressive rock/metal Terraform wouldn't be anything that special, but if you keep an open mind it will certainly entertain you for a while. A major flaw would be the lack of movement in some sections but that is occasional and the overall epic quality more than makes up for that. So lower your shields and take a listen to these recommendations off the album: "Terraforming", "Cranial Implant", "New Universe" and of course "Beyond These Walls You Are Not My Master".