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Junius - Blood Is Bright
1. [The Annunciation]
2. Blood Is Bright MP3
3. A Word Could Kill Her
4. In The Hearts of Titans
5. At The Age of Decay
2006 Radar Recordings

Reviewed by: Nick   //   Published: 3/13/2006

If today's exploding post-rock scene pulled a Marty McFly and went back to the late 80's to pick up a few tricks, I am positive that the outcome would be Radar Recording's Junius. With their latest release, Blood Is Bright, the Massachusetts quartet has produced a well-crafted EP that will surely grab attention from old fans, new fans, and those simply willing to put their blast-beats on hold for twenty minutes.

From the simple ambient intro to the close of the disc, Junius consistently displays their greatest musical attribute: continuity. The slow and spacey sections are seamlessly blended with bass driven rock and well placed heavy climaxes, allowing the entire EP to possess excellent flow. After countless listens, I can't seem to find a misplaced or misused section on the entire disc. Granted, it is only a 5 song EP, but if there is anyone worthy of intelligently filling up a full album, I would put my bet these guys.

With the first word, the vocals are immediately reminiscent of The Cure or Depeche Mode. While I was originally slightly biased against this particular vocal style (the influx of trendy 80's rip-offs has gotten to me), I have since decided that the vocals are a significant part my overall enjoyment of Blood Is Bright. The singing is never forced, sometimes going several minutes without any trace of it. In fact, the longest track on the disc, "In the Hearts of Titans," has barely any vocals at all. I enjoy it when bands have the capability to write a melodic vocal-driven verse and then effortlessly dive into long periods of instrumental soundscapes. With further regards to song structure, the tracks on this EP are short enough to not get lost in the periods of nothingness that are so common in post-rock, but are long enough to evolve into beautiful crescendos of true heaviness.

The production on Blood Is Bright fits well with the overall mood of the disc. The bass is emphasized in the appropriate areas, and everything from the range of ambient melody to dark walls of sound is properly captured on the EP.

Bottom Line: Blood Is Bright is a solid piece of music that displays great aptitude in areas of continuity, whether it is in the individual transitions in each track, or in the overall flow of the EP. I'm glad that I gave this disc a good number of listens before I sat down to review it, because there are elements of the EP that have grown on me, making me appreciate it more than ever. If you enjoy intelligent music of all genres, then giving Blood Is Bright a couple listens will be well worth it.

gerf_   posted 3/19/2006 10:21:27 PM
Great review man. I can't get enough of these guys.
redmissheadless_   posted 3/18/2006 6:39:21 PM
so i saw them with circle... i thought they were gonna be a little more metal or whatever but it was totally loud and amazing and i guess beautiful. it took me a song to get it. incredible live.
xgabex_   posted 3/18/2006 8:47:23 AM
this band is amazing. they were so good live.
ugly old guy_   posted 3/17/2006 12:06:27 AM
when i saw them play with circle takes the square they were f*cking awful and i couldn't stand one whole song and went outside
Tim_Diesel_   posted 3/16/2006 2:24:00 AM
decent band

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