Junius and Rosetta are two odd bands to select for a split. It's hard to imagine the sonic distortion of the band behind The Galilean Satellites matching up with a band as mellow (in comparison, anyway) as Junius.
Their contribution, “A Dark Day With Night,” sounds eerily ethereal; the sweet nature of the writing feels almost at odds with the sorrowful longing of its vocals. The guitar lines are laid as thick and as deeply moving as they are with artists like Cloudkicker, with just a hint more melodic awareness.
Rosetta's piece “TMA-3” is, only narrowly, the stronger of the two. The song starts off with light, ambient guitars and soft, yet still busy, drum work, almost entirely out of Explosions in the Sky's playbook. And yet, by the time the song is finished, Rosetta have arrived at overwhelmingly repetitive and mathy chugging, heavier than even the densest sludge metal.
This is a really strong sampling from both artists. Translation Loss again is eager to please fans of epic-length post-rock, and this record does not disappoint.
8.5 / 10
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