Latest release: “Reports From the Threshold of Death” (Prosthetic)
Who: Named after an 18th century political writer, this ambitious Boston quartet gained notoriety in the metal underground for their 2009 debut “The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist,” an album inspired by theorist/historian Immanuel Velikovsky (so cliché!). Now signed to popular metal label Prosthetic, the group recently released “Reports,” a concept album about near-death experiences.
What they’re saying: "A perfect hybrid of Neurosis and the Smiths, striking a stunning balance of brutality and beauty." – Rolling Stone
What we’re saying: Few metal bands cite the likes of Philip Glass and ‘90s alt-rockers Hum as major influences. But Junius wonderfully confounds; this is the rare metal band that prefers slow grooves, clear vocals, shoegaze guitars and even synths (not that it’s cheerful—that’s quite a droning “la la la la” chorus in album standout “All Shall Float”). Think of “Reports” more as an atmospheric soundtrack, collecting the dreamier elements of the Deftones, Isis, Cave In and A Perfect Circle. – Kirk Miller
Official website: http://www.juniusmusic.com/