Junius Release Acoustic Version Of “Transcend The Ghost”


It’s been a long wait for new material from Junius—and while not exactly ‘new’—this latest track should tide the band’s fans over. Just shared by the Boston, MA post-metal outfit is an acoustic rendition of their 2011 track “Transcend The Ghost“. This rendition of the track is accompanied by a music video as well.

The band’s vocalist/guitarist Joseph E. Martinez commented:

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“When Andrew [Bonazelli, of Decibel/10 Seconds To Comply] approached me about the treatment he had written, I thought it was super interesting. A script inspired by a song, which in turn inspired me to transform that very song into something that would hopefully complement a future video.

Knowing the treatment was on the darker side of things, I decided to lean into the light and ethereal, keep it more optimistic. So I had my daughter sing on it which added this haunting beauty, that I’m over the moon about. Having her contribute to this project has been a very surreal experience and undoubtedly a highlight of my life. Not to mention, Tom Syrowski‘s amazing mix and production, he definitely took this to the next level, always honored to have him work on Junius music.”

Bonazelli added:

“I’ve interviewed, conservatively, 500 zillion bands for Decibel, and while it’s never boilerplate and always at least an interesting ride, pitching an artist on collaboration is still painfully nerve-wracking, even at my decaying boomer age. I was relieved at how receptive Joe was to my treatment, which was written specifically for him despite the fact that we’d never met.

While I cherish his entire catalogue, Michael Bolton-style, Reports From the Threshold of Death is a record that, no pun intended, has eternal life in my collection. I never would have imagined an extended meditation on the afterlife could be so well-researched, thought-provoking, crushingly heavy and emotionally poignant.

Transcend the Ghost seems like an outlier on the album with its vulnerable, isolated vocals, that perfect kick drum before the distortion crashes in, the disarming optimism in the lyrics… it was a massive honor getting a seat on the sidelines while Joe crafted this gorgeous, delicate variation that marries so well to the images Manny [OA, director/DP] crafted.

The vast majority of our work at 10 Seconds to Comply has thus far been heavy on the old ultraviolence (our name is a Robocop reference, after all), so it was refreshing to have the opportunity to bring something so nuanced, enigmatic and (hopefully) moving to life. That can all be attributed to the hours of hard work that Joe and Manny poured into this.”

A 10th anniversary vinyl repressing of “Reports From The Threshold Of Death” was released this past February.

[via Decibel]

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