The band hails from San Francisco, which once was a hotbed of rock music. This album is Banquet's debut full-length, following a 7". It has become a highly interesting album, filled with old school hard rock, reminding me of everything between Rainbow, Led Zeppelin and even old Judas Priest. In today's so-called "retro-rock" scene, perhaps you can compare Banquet to acts like Kadavar, Uncle Acid and company.
The album opens with the brilliant song 'Mastermind', which immediately drags the listener back to those golden years of hard rock music. From there, the quartet continues to explore this style to the fullest, not only being loyal to the vintage sound but also incorporating some modern-day touches. That results in awesome songs like 'Run To You' or the heavy rocker 'Touching The Grave', perhaps my favorite song on this album.
The energy coming from the speakers is pretty intense, even though the music isn't extreme, certainly not for this day and age. Instead, there is a lot of groove and some highly immersive guitar solos. The album closes with the beautiful title track 'Jupiter Rose'. Remember when Guns 'n Roses were still relevant? Well, in that era, they could have written this song but luckily for us, Banquet perfectly nailed it...