48. Junius – Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of Light
Even though it may have slipped down in my rankings slightly
since I put it at the top spot on my “20 Best Metal Albums of Winter/Spring
2017” list back in April, Eternal Rituals
for the Accretion of Light is still a masterclass in gloomy, alternative
heaviness, more than deserving to be named one of the fifty greatest metal albums of the
The best way to describe this post-modern doom rock opus is
to compare it to a well-paced psychological thriller film, with subtle details
like low, droning vocals from frontman Joseph Martinez and distant choirs
toying with the brain in sinister fashion. Bookenders “March of the Samsara”
and “Black Sarcophagus” both build in ominous fashion to slow, guttural riffs
that ring with an aura akin to Tool or Paradise Lost.
Meanwhile, single “Clean the Beast” hits the nail on the head much harder, eliminating pretense to craft a gothic
rock bruiser with a more operatic yet still subdued tone.
Blend it all together with divine production, symphonic backing,
hammering percussion from the one and only Dana Filloon and a perfect
understanding of how to align with but also expand upon the archetypal heavy
rock tone, and the end result is Junius’s greatest achievement to date. Not to
mention a record that evokes emotions no other this year has been able to bring
forth from me.