JESTERS OF DESTINY

Alternative Metal • United States
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Jesters of Destiny is an American psychedelic heavy metal band. They are considered to be one of the first alternative metal bands.

They released their debut studio album Fun at the Funeral in 1986, and were originally working on a second studio album entitled No Laughing Matter, but were dropped from their label Dimension Records and the album was never released. Some songs ended up on a remaster of their debut in 2001. The band continued for a little while before breaking up in 1988.

The band reformed in 2015, and released The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown in 2017, their first album in 31 years.

(Bio updated by Unitron 7/24/17)
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JESTERS OF DESTINY Fun at the Funeral album cover 3.54 | 3 ratings
Fun at the Funeral
Alternative Metal 1986
JESTERS OF DESTINY The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown
Alternative Metal 2017

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In A Nostalgic Mood
Alternative Metal 1987

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JESTERS OF DESTINY Fun at the Funeral

Album · 1986 · Alternative Metal
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Genre: very early alternative metal

Heralded as the first alternative metal band ever, Jesters of Destiny apparently beat the likes of Alice in Chains and Soundgarden to it, having released their debut (and, so far, only) album, "Fun at the Funeral", in 1986.

Now, some people might take this to indicate that Jesters of Destiny sound like Alice in Chains or other 90s alternative metal bands. They don't. in fact, "Fun at the Funeral" is only vaguely reminiscent of what we know as alternative metal. Still, I can understand why their music was called 'alternative metal' back then. Just like 90s alternative metal was characterized by importing elements from its contemporary alternative rock scene, Jesters of Destiny incorporated element from non-mainstream rock music into their brand of heavy metal. In particular, "Fun at the Funeral" draws on the 80s alternative rock subgenre often referred to as 'neo-psychedelia', but there are also elements of post-punk and electro-rock as well traces of sludge rock.

Musically, the album is pretty good, actually, with the heavy 'Digging that Grave' being particularly compelling, both because of its main riff and the catchy vocal melody in the chorus, while 'God Told Me To' features spacey effects and melodies as well as an almost taunting chorus. 'I Hate Bruce' combines classic hard rock riffage with a punky bridge, while 'End of Time' is an uptempo metal attack with a slight oriental feel and touches of noise rock. The first half of the album appeals to me more than the second half, which strikes me as rather bland and uninspired. One reason is that the riffs are simply stronger on the first half, and the spacey and psychedelic elements work much better. One thing that can't be taken away from the entire album, however, is that it's wholly innovative and original.

The album was reissued in LP format via Ektro records, so, if you're interested in original and quirky metal with psychedelic elements, and you are a vinyl collector, why not add this album to your collection?

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