Artist – Junius
Album – Days of the Fallen Sun
Genre – Art rock
Rating – 9/10
Junius are an art rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. The group has been active since 2003.
Days of the Fallen Sun is the 2014 EP by art-rock group Junius, based out of Boston, MA. This EP masterfully blends very crushing passages with incredibly light progressive elements, all retaining a dark and overwhelming atmosphere. There are eight tracks, four of which are intros that, while giving some buildup to the atmosphere, don’t do much justice for the songs that succeed each one. This is an EP which is filled to the brim with emotion, mood, and art that has its own identity, as it is an original and tasteful breath of fresh air.
Days of the Fallen Sun’s strongest point is that it never gets stale, or otherwise feels as if it’s dragging on. This is held true even through the longest track, “A Dark Day with Night”, which reaches roughly seven and a half minutes. Every song contains amazing drum action, as the drums have a very organic sound that blends incredibly well with the melodies and precise rhythms. “Forgiving the Cleaning Meteor” displays some of the best percussion on the EP, with the emotion bleeding straight into the precision, building the song up throughout its entirety. The vocals tend to vary little, yet they are still essential to the atmosphere as they lay some smooth melodies over what feels like a powerful rainstorm that is in the midst of calming. The synth even makes its appearance several times, yet never feels overbearing in comparison to either the lead or distorted rhythm guitars. “The Time of Perfect Virtue” features synth heightening the suspense throughout the chorus, yet “Battle in the Sky” has softer synth leads echoing throughout many of the song’s passages.
Junius have truly brought forth an interesting bit of music with Days of the Fallen Sun, and it leaves the listener wanting much more. It serves every purpose as an EP and that is definitely commendable. It is one of the most original experiences to be found in rock music today.
Review by Arden Collier