Monday, July 5, 2010

Junius Announce Fall US Tour w/ Valient Thorr and Howl!

A stunning balance of brutality and beauty. Their latest album, The Martyrdrom of a Catastrophist, is a concept record about catastrophe theorist Immanuel Velikovsky, exploring his insistence on a chaotic universe. Its songs are spellbinding and heartbreaking, gripping from the first note to the last. A hard rock dream come true. - Rolling Stone

In spirit and sound, the Boston quartet are closest to darkwave bands of the 1980s, a kinship that only begins with lead singer and guitarist Joseph E Martinez's pitch-perfect Robert Smith wail. Like the bands they resemble (Tears for Fears, the Cure, and Depeche Mode, primarily), Junius have a knack for translating weepy melodrama into anthemic choruses. Almost every song makes its careful way through a maze of subsections, but this maneuvering is often hidden behind an instantly memorable hook, which tends to make the record's esoteric conceit melt away instantly. - Pitchfork

Martyrdom is a brooding opus of frenetic crescendos, sweeping vocals and celestial landscapes. - Magnet

On the heels of their critically acclaimed new album, "The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist," and following their announcement of US tour dates w/ Orbs (featuring members of BTBAM, Cradle of Filth, and others), Boston's Junius have announced Fall US tour dates supporting Volcom recording artists Valient Thorr and recent Relapse Records signees Howl!

In other Junius news, the band has reportedly sold out of their recently reissued 2007 self-titled LP, and their latest single, "Elisheva, I Love You," has been added to the video game Rock Band (click here for more information). Junius have also premiered their new video for "Elisheva, I Love You." You can watch (stream) the album below or download it here.

Watch the video for "Elisheva, I Love You" here!

* Junius produced The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist at the legendary A&M Records studios in Hollywood (now known as Henson Recording) over the course of a year, somewhat guerilla-style, during off-hours when the studio wasn't booked (the band has joked that they were bumped out by everyone from Akon to Bruce Springsteen - literally). The album was recorded by Kevin Mills and Tom Syrowski (Weezer, AFI, Incubus) and mastered by Dave Collins (Danny Elfman, Black Sabbath, The Police). Click here to purchase Martyrdom in various vinyl versions and CD format.

Side A/B - Forcing Out The Silence (2004):
1 [Élan Vital] 1:12
2 Hiding Knives 5:27 * download here!
3 From The Isle Of The Blessed 5:15
4 [Élan Fatale] 2:13
5 Forcing Out The Silence 7:34

Side C/D - Blood Is Bright (2006):
1 [The Annunciation] 0:36
2 Blood Is Bright 4:51
3 A Word Could Kill Her 4:06
4 In The Heart Of Titans 6:06
5 At The Age Of Decay 5:20

* Stream the full album @!

Tracklist for The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist
1. Birth Rites By Torchlight
2. The Antediluvian Fire
3. (turning to the spirits of the hours...)
4. The Dramatist Plays Catastrophist
5. Ten Year Librarian
6. Stargazers And Gravediggers
7. (...he fell before her)
8. Elishiva, I Love You
9. Letters From Saint Angelica
10. The Mourning Eulogy

Junius Live!

w/ Orbs
featuring members of Between The Buried & Me, Fear Before, Abigail Williams, and Cradle of Filth
Aug-19 Greensboro, NC @ Legitimate Business
Aug-20 Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley
Aug-21 Nashville, TN @ The End
Aug-22 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
Aug-23 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
Aug-24 Austin, TX @ Red 7
Aug-26 Phoenix, AZ @ Underground
Aug-27 San Diego, CA @ Radio Room
Aug-28 Los Angeles, CA @ Cobalt Café
Aug-30 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
Aug-31 Portland, OR @ Backspace/Satyricon
Sep-01 Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
Sept-02 Boise, ID @ The Red Room
Sept-03 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Sept-04 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Sept-05 Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room

w/ Valient Thorr and Howl
Sept-9 Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox Laundrolounge
Sept-10 Charlotte, NC @ Milestone Club
Sept-12 Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
Sept-13 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
Sept-14 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
Sept-15 Newport, KY @ Southgate House
Sept-16 Indianapolis, IN @ Rock Lobster
Sept-18 Erie, PA @ The Crooked I
Sept-19 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Sept-20 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
Sept-21 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Sept-27 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
Sept-28 Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's
Sept-29 Hamtramck, MI @ Smalls
Oct-3 Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar

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