Junius‘ Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light is a display of controlled artistry in the form of heavy rock.
“March of Samsara” is a climactic throw-down of bass and guitar slamming. Building instrumentals lead to spinning string-work and paced vocals. The track lyrics sing, “Breathe out, breathe in,” and the tempo matches the action. The four-count style is meditative rock with dominance over temperament. The fervor of this opening song increases without losing it’s calming essence; a feat not easily accomplished.
While maintaining the magical measure from the first track, Junius adds a chanting dynamic in “Beyond the Pale Society,” which hints toward a powerful opportunity for a live performance. This is the one that’ll have me following this band in hopes of a nearby tour date.
“A Mass for Metaphysicians” is black gold. Sultry Goth rock and restrained aggression are the shadowy dynamics in this masterpiece of metal. Junius has offered a whispered orchestra with thrumming beats and layered vocal complexities and I love them for it.
How many talents can be in one band? The answer is in “Clean the Beast.” Whether it be from the dual poetry to the angsty screams, this track is a collection of composed skills and disciplined talents.
A female transition brings the album to the keyboard heavy “Queen’s Constellation.” The guitar’s chords thread through the keys into beating drums and a new album theme. Here you’ll find note-extended vocals as lead singer Joseph E. Martinez shows his massive range and re-establishes his music proficiency.
Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light has surprise variety in tracks like “Telepaths and Pyramids” with its cinematic soundtrack style, as well as the deep timbered acoustic serenade of “Masquerade in Veils.”
What’s in a name? Here it’s the atmospheric foreshadowing of “Heresy of the Free Spirit.” It embodies the will of liberation while inspiring the imagery of shackles. It’s a beautiful arrangement in an already alluring album.
Closing with power, Junius offers “Black Sarcophagus.” This is the heady combination of the collection. With outstanding vocals, careful pacing, and stacked instrumentals, this track induces calm before the storm imagery. It holds the energy of a thunderous hurricane in showering chaos, but exhibits an organic tempo. It rolls through, annihilating the Earth below and slamming the surroundings with lightning fueled adrenaline. Then, it whispers away, leaving the powerful residuals in its wake. This track is perfection.
Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light is available as of March 3rd, 2017. While you’re at it, go check out the East Coast performances and tell me all about it:
|Apr 17||Great Scott||Allston, MA|
|Apr 18||Metro Gallery||Baltimore, MD|
|Apr 19||Kung Fu Necktie||Philadelphia, PA|
|Apr 22||Saint Vitus||Brooklyn, NY|