Though Days of the Fallen Sun marks a decade since the debut EP of Junius, or the Boston post-metal band that isn’t Isis, they’ve released only two full-length albums to date. They are, it seems, much more comfortable with the concision of the short release or the split single, as they’ve now issued more than a half-dozen of them. Days of the Fallen Sun, their fourth EP, rolls all of the melodrama and dynamics associated with an entire record into about 25 minutes. Subdivided into four arching anthems and four under-a-minute interludes that establish an apocalyptic mood with efficiency, this abbreviated epic swivels between electric breakdowns and romantic comedowns. Think Muse experimenting with restraint, or the Deftones preparing a fatalist Broadway musical.
The EP feels like the consummation of a doomed love affair, the moment just before a hypothetical interplanetary collision presses the world’s reset button. (It’s intended, too, as the prequel to Junius’s debut LP, which concerns the theories behind such collisions. Do with that sci-fi bait what you will, as it is unnecessary context for this standalone standout.) The sound is harrowing but beautiful, the rhythm section hostile but agile, the guitars radiant but ominous. These complementary contradictions hold together theatric versatility of frontman Joseph E. Martinez, whose soaring vocals accept what the sky and future hold and works to turn it, temporarily, into one radiant instant.