There have been times in my life when I have wondered why I had never heard certain bands before and why have they escaped my personal playlist? Some have just not made it into my life because there is so much music out there, how could I have heard it all. There is just not enough waking hours in a day. Sometimes I have listened to them and at the time they just didn’t do it for me. Regardless, how many bands are out there that I would totally dig? I am not sure how many are still out there but I just found three. Post Metal band Junius stopped in Salt Lake City to play an intense set on their West Coast Tour 2017 at the Urban Lounge along on September 28, 2017with Black Mare and Mustard Gas and Roses.
Mustard Gas and Roses started out the night and played a very solid set filled with an awesome flow from song to song. Amazingly their set was predominantly instrumental but damn did they make the most of their time on stage. These guys have an incredible sound that can only be described as a modern, harder version of Pink Floyd.
Next was Black Mare. As they set up the stage, I noticed there was no drum kit. There were two giant church-like stained glass props on the stage. Black Mare played the whole set with drum backing tracks. It did not hurt their sound at all. Wow their sound was unique. I have to say that I have never heard a band like this before. The fairest and most accurate way to describe their sound is a really dark Enya. Imagine if all of those beautiful chants and orchestration were black. Vocalist Sera Timms hid her face under a cloak most of the set and I found myself tilting my head sideways to see if I could get a glance of where this voice was coming. Black Mare used smoke machines and lighting beautifully to create a presence on stage that was eerie yet mesmerizing.
Up next was Junius from Boston. Junius can be a little hard to really put into a category. Their sound is very intense and technical. If I had to compare them to anyone it would maybe a Tool meets Depeche Mode. They have a new wave sound combined with at deep dark metal base. It makes for a very powerful live sound. Junius opened their set with March of the Samsara from their latest album Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of Light. The song opens with a theatrical post apocalyptic vibe then thunders into a guitar focused riff. All of this happens while the stage is lit by three incandescent light bulbs that are placed on the Marshall stacks behind the band. Lead vocalist and guitarist Joseph Martinez hid his identity under a black cloak. Junius continues the melodious journey through their set as they play songs from their 13-year catalog. One of my favorite songs was “The Queen’s Constellation.” The song uses keyboards and has an uplifting sound but comes with a dark melodious under tone. Junius only play a ten-song set but the songs were so complex and intense by the end of their set I was spent. I felt like I had been on a three-hour mental marathon. Don’t be fooled kids; this is not bubble gum music. It is very intense but damn is it good. I would suggest you pick up their new album Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of Light for starters. If you want to just jump right into the Junius fire then find them live and check them out. Don’t let any of these bands be one of those bands you never heard. By the end of this story I am still pondering why I had never heard of them before now.