Two years have passed since the release of Junius’ critically-acclaimed album The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist. After touring solidly across North America, the UK, and Europe with bands like Mastodon, Rosetta, Caspian and Tombs for the last several years, Junius will release their highly anticipated follow-up, Reports from the Threshold of Death, on Prosthetic Records. With their last album, Junius explored the controversial theories of scholar Immanuel Velikovsky. Influenced heavily by the trials and tribulations of Velikovsky’s life, the album’s concept provided a captivating narrative to the band’s expansive, dreamlike soundtrack, which Pitchfork.com called “a rich, immersive experience, a bleak jewel of a record that takes obsession as its theme and rewards it in equal measure." Conceptually picking up where The Martyrdom left off (with the death of Velikovsky), Reports chronicles the journey of the soul after physical death.
Described by Rolling Stone as “a perfect hybrid of Neurosis and The Smiths,” the members of Junius have crafted their own distinctive style of genre-bending rock that’s born of experiments in isolation and asceticism. It’s this austere approach from one of America's hardest working bands that adds a weighty sense of purpose and intrigue to their output. Junius recorded Reports from the Threshold of Death in a little over six weeks at solar-powered Radar Studios in Clinton, CT with longtime friend/producer James Dunham of rock-noir band InAeona. The recording was in many ways a return to Junius’ roots, with engineering assistance from past collaborators Will Benoit and Daryl Rabidoux. The album was mastered by Nick Zampiello and Rob Gonnella (Isis, Converge, Torche, Doomriders), while the album’s artwork was designed by former Junius bassist Ira Bronson (of Black Day Creative).