Toilet Radio talks Saṃsāra with JUNIUS

In this cracking new episode of Toilet Radio, your boys are chopping it up with Joseph E. Martinez of the brilliant long-running post-metal project Junius. Join us as Joseph spares no detail on the intricate concepts behind his heady concept records, the difficulties of touring too much, and escaping the Saṃsāra cycle. We’re also talking about Grammys, the worst song in metal tournament, and the state of protest in America. Turn your brain on and get ready to rock.

Go see Junius in a venue near you this Spring!
4/17 Boston, MA – Great Scott
4/18 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
4/19 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
4/20 Kingston, NY – BSP Lounge
4/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Black Forge Coffee
4/22 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus

Music Featured on this program:
Junius – “Clean the Beast” from Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light (Facebook)(Preorder)(Join the mailing list)
Woundvac – “Dwell” from Infamy (Facebook)(Bandcamp)

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Published on: February 20, 2017

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  • Rain Poncho W.

    This new album from Junius is pretty interesting. I think they did a good job of weaving in elements from Buddhism in a way that makes a genre that can often feel stale interesting.

    • Óðinn

      Good to see some Junius in the Toilet. Reports from the Threshold of Death was one of my favorite albums in 2011. They’re not as heavy as many bands, but that album definitely caught my attention.

      • Rain Poncho W.

        I listened to “Forgiving the Cleansing Meteor” a ton after Days of the Fallen Sun dropped.

        • Óðinn

          Great song, W. NPR turned me on to Junius.

          https://youtu.be/hv4WudngDvY

          • Black Smallbeard

            lolol that just throws up a bunch of red flags

          • Óðinn

            For you, maybe.

            Breitbart might like them too, but I wouldn’t know.

          • KyleJMcBride

            What, National Petroleum Radio?
            Nice Polite Republicans?
            To Hades with them.

          • GL

            You guys should just stop pissing on each other all the time. It is getting old. My 2 cents.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            They should fuck already.

          • KyleJMcBride

            Perhaps one should consider blocking the other.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            I’m gonna block every single one of you and then comment on how this place is dead and no one comments anymore.

          • KyleJMcBride

            Best idea ever.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            No arguments, no one gets angry, just pure bliss.
            No tears, only dreams now

          • Óðinn

            I dunno. Maybe I should take a break from the Toilet. Let the Nazi metal fans have it, at least for a while, especially if my objections to extreme right-wing rhetoric are making people uncomfortable. I’m not really pleased having to see pro-Nazi bands being promoted in the comments section daily, but I seem to be in the minority. I guess the correct thing to do is either agree with it or ignore it.

            I’m really interested in this edition of Toilet ov Hell radio though, so I’m going to listen to it first.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            I’m pretty sure most people here don’t dig pro-nazi shit.

          • Óðinn

            I hope not, and not everybody does. Some do though, let’s be honest. I see Nazi bands discussed her regularly, even after Tyree and King Shit of Fuck Mountain were banned.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based
          • Óðinn

            Yeah, many people in the United States don’t know, but it was the Russians who really did the heavy lifting and paid a great price to defeat the Nazis.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            красная армия всех сильней

          • Óðinn
          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            I prefer the more traditional red army choir version but this ain’t bad

          • Óðinn
          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            Not sure but heard something that Sielunvihollinen may be somehwat NS or racist

          • Óðinn

            Yeah, they’re described as “anti-Muslim”. They’re also on Darker Than Black Records, a label that releases a lot of NSBM music.

          • Óðinn

            Maybe, I blocked JAG’s troll account recently.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            I thought that it’s the same as his regular account.

            BADUM THSI

          • Óðinn

            Hiyoooo!!!

            Well, the opinions were the same. 😉

          • KyleJMcBride

            Didn’t realize he had one.

          • Óðinn

            I respect your opinion, GL. Honestly, I mentioned that I heard a song on the radio. Didn’t think it was controversial.

          • KyleJMcBride

            At least I’m not the only one who’s getting annoyed.

  • pneumonoultramicroscopicsilico

    I got into Junius when I heard “Stargazers & Gravediggers”. Have been a fan of them ever since. This song has to be my favorite from them. It sounds so massive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBUzaBMsEYM

  • Eliza

    Junius sounds intriguing. I like that.

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    Days of the Fallen Sun had a huge impact on me when it came out. Really excited to listen to this

  • KyleJMcBride

    Nope, not gonna get drawn into it no matter how ridiculous it seems to me.

    • Óðinn

      Meh. I heard a song on NPR and I liked it. NPR is not really controversial.

      • KyleJMcBride

        Indeed, not gonna get into a debate about National Petroleum Radio AKA Nice Polite Republicans here, or anywhere else.

        • Dumpster Lung

          Not wanting to debate or start a whole thing, but is NPR known for being kinda right-wing? If anything I’d have assumed they probably leaned left or something, but that was just me guessing. Haven’t listened to the actual radio in years, and NPR itself for even longer.

          I pretty much just stream metal or catch up on old TV shows and that’s it. I just finally started listening to a couple of podcasts, so in other words, I stay subscribed to r/OutOfTheLoop on Reddit when i get on lol.

          • KyleJMcBride

            I just remember what they were like during the Bush/Cheney regime. They promoted pro-war views and belittled those who felt differently. I honestly have no clue what they are like now.

          • Dumpster Lung

            Huh, not what I’d have assumed. Well that’s interesting. Either way, wasn’t really listening before, and pro or anti-Trump/current politics, it won’t really change anything one way or the other.

            I’ve not been on here as much the past couple months due to being slammed at work, but I saw in the FB group someone mentioning politics getting argued about a lot here. Starting to notice it now that I’m catching up on the blog. It’s still nowhere near MS-levels of bullshit, thankfully.

          • NDG

            I haven’t been hanging around here for too long and I have noticed a shift in the last couple of months.

            Being from Australia I don’t have as much invested in the current state of US politics as the majority here but the fact we have gone from discussing where someone first heard a band to the political leanings of a particular radio station (left or right…no middle ground) kind of illustrates the point.

          • Dumpster Lung

            Yeah haha, that is a good point. NPR was just something I hadn’t seen debated so far. You get used to the usual topics that get argued over and over again, but that one kinda jumped out at me.

          • Carlos Parlo

            I think I erased my own comment and it’s not like this is a huge issue but I’ll tap it out again anyway. NPR by and large are seen as far too left to almost every conservative but public radio and TV generally do a better job of sticking to facts than modern infotainment journalism does for sure. But, their listener base is probably 75% left leaning and 55% over 55 as well as college educated, urban professional, etc. so they largely select content to appeal to those demos. I think the most “controversial” thing about NPR in terms of a metal song is that a lot of metal fans mock such a source as a reputable source for metal. But they’ve covered metal esp. on the web for several years and do a decent job of it even though they tend to prefer metal in the vein of Ghost, Pallbearer, Deafheaven, etc. NPR also differs a bit in local market to local market. It’s interesting KyleJMcBride remembers them as pro-war under Bush & Cheney. I was a young college student then and I remember my GOP leaning professors openly mocking NPR because they didn’t get jingoistic–so I have a feeling they had some commentators who did and some who didn’t.

          • Óðinn

            That’s a fair comment, Carlos Parlo. Thank-you.

          • Dumpster Lung

            Never thought about the local market differences. That’s a good point. I remember them debuting material from (or maybe the entire album) Foundations of Burden before anyone else. I think they did the same with Heathen from Thou.

            That’s been the extent of my experience with them the last few years. I pretty much stay out of the loop on most things. I grew up super religious, and a huge part of that was being “no part of the world,” thus keeping out of politics. I don’t follow that or anything else anymore, but I still don’t get invested in politics either way for the most part.

      • Carlos Parlo

        NPR is often slammed by conservatives as being “too liberal” and that’s the nicest criticism I’ve heard of NPR from the right-wing. Generally they produce good, reliable journalism and content though each local market can differ a bit. By and large they’re seen as liberal by most conservatives though. But public radio and public TV are usually easier to remain independent and reliable, I think they’re necessary in the current for-profit sensationalism journalism age.

        Though I will admit you’d be hard pressed to find many national level NPR figures identify as GOP and their listening base is about 75%+ left leaning and more than 55% over 55. I know a lot of metalheads laugh that a demo like that is even paying attention to metal but they’ve had a few folks who focus on metal regularly for the past few years and they’re usually pretty good in that arena.

  • xengineofdeathx

    Always thought of these guys as kind of an alt rock/post hardcore band but I’m a huge fan. Stoked for new material.

  • Sir Ukkometso The Based
    • KyleJMcBride

      BIGGEST TROLL EVER.

  • xengineofdeathx

    This is one of my favorite songs to roll to. https://youtu.be/Oo2fYHUCjQ0

  • Óðinn

    We are all made of stardust. Sources: science.

    http://www.physics.org/article-questions.asp?id=52

    • GL

      -MATT DAMON

  • GL

    That Woundvac is fucking awesome.

    10/10/10/gonnalistenagain

    • GL

      Purchased.

  • Óðinn

    This was a great interview, Joe and 365. One of my favorite editions of Toilet ov Hell Radio. Thank-you very much.

    https://youtu.be/QvZddkash0E

    https://youtu.be/sZxWSYOykpQ

  • Wwowowowowowow, this Junius is cool, they dig that Buddhism mysticism. This sounds magical.

    Good show, guys!

  • TIL who Junius is, and daaaaaaaaaaaaamn that’s some gud stuff!

  • Waynecro

    Nice work as always, fellows! Thanks!

  • J.R.™

    Every woman
    Except all the ones I’ve interacted with before or since then 🙂

    Fascinating episode and wonderful jams. I will definitely be picking this up