I had huge expectations towards the new album and, well, it never gets as good as I hoped it would be. It has great ideas and moments but overall never hits the awesome levels previous Junius records did. I kinda' miss some of the dramatic melodies and atmospheres from the past albums, often Eternal Rituals sounds like halfway generic heavy chugging.
Amazing new album, I like the bleak, heavy touch to it. My neighbour is probably all pissed by now cuz I'm listening to that album on repeat.... with a volume that cannot be ignored :-D Your fault, Junius!
All of the bands you mentioned minus Benighted (haven't got a chance to listen to them yet). Fen's new album sounded nice too. And I'm pretty excited about Mastodon's upcomng album. I liked all three singles they've released so far.
The Benighted album is worth checking.. have you heard their older stuff? I'll put Fen on my list, a bit of blackgaze can be nice! Speaking of Blackgaze: the new Violet Cold is totally worth checking out too :)
Oh dear, I'd completely forgotten about them, I listened to them. That band is actually from my country :D i had no idea people had heard of it outside of this country ;D It was pretty good btw. Benighted, I have never listened to before but I'll definitely check em out soon. Any thoughts on the new havok album?
Was hoping for a sound closer to Days of the Fallen Sun on the new album, but I like the heavier direction they went with as well. Eternal Rituals isn't quite as dramatic as the earlier material, but all the more anthemic, which suits Junius very well. Gets me excited for the next European tour.
Junius is one of my top 3 bands of all time. IMHO, there is just no other band out there that comes close to creating this style of music as well as they do. Their guitarist, Mike, is such a cool and friendly dude as well. I will buy their new album as soon as I possibly can.
@veitie: blueneck. "the fallen host" by blueneck might fit perfectly to your need for atmospheric and apocalyptic music.. it's the heaviest one by blueneck and has a cathartic effect on my emotions. besides, all stuff by this band is highly recommended!
if the band's concept beyond "the martyrdom of a catastrophist" is at least close to my ideas and interpretations concerning this album, than it's one of the most brilliant and saddest albums of all time for me.....
The song A Dark Day With Night makes me think of the story Nightfall by Isaac Asimov. It's not just the obvious notion of darkness but the feeling of inpending catastrophe and the madness that ensues. Has anyone else read the story and felt a connection?