Eternal Rituals represents a heavier side of Junius, who constantly surprise album to album, and song to song with their unique touches and flourishes. While their EPs are mostly forgettable, their previous 2 full-length albums had a core sound to them that Junius extends to this new album and yet manages to carve out a unique identity for it with enough musical adventure to keep you engaged throughout its short 45 minute duration. Songs like The Queen's Constellation and A Mass for Metaphysicans are true delights to return to over and over. Where do they come up with these song and long album titles? Overall this is their career best album since their stunning debut 8 years ago, a moving and tragic paean to the theorist Immaneul Velikosky. Fans of dark rock, indie music and 90's gothic metal are sure to find this a real treat.
It was through the influence of Landgren and Svensson’s former teacher Bengt-Arne Wallin, who recorded the landmark album “Old Folklore In Swedish Modern” back in 1962 (ACT 9254-2), that Svensson and Landgren were inspired to make a duo album centered around folk songs. In August 1997 both went into the studio and with only trombone and piano recorded Swedish Folk Modern (ACT 9257-2). Their improvised treatments of the classic songs of the folk culture not only impressed the public; it brought praise from the press.
Sparsely appointed and gently played, Burning the Threshold marks a return to the pastoral folk and American Primitive styles for Ben Chasny and his long-tenured Six Organs of Admittance project. Since the early part of the decade, much of Chasny's attention has been devoted to the development and implementation of the hexadic system, a chance-based compositional method involving a set of playing cards which dictates the tonal, rhythmic, chordal, and even lyrical approach of the music. The two albums he released using this method, 2015's Hexadic and Hexadic, Vol. 2, were aesthetic wildcards whose dissonant clamor was at times thrilling, but ultimately difficult to absorb.