The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist

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The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist
The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist Album Cover.jpg
Cover Artwork by Drew Speziale
Studio album by Junius
Released September 04, 2009
Recorded Henson Recording Studios
Los Angeles, CA
(March 2007 - July 2008)
Genre Art rock, post-rock, indie rock
Length 48:55
Label The Mylene Sheath
(North America + UK)
Make My Day Records
Producer Junius
Junius chronology
The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist
Reports from the Threshold of Death
(2011)Reports from the Threshold of Death2011

The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist is the first full-length studio album from American art rock band Junius. It was released on September 4, 2009 through The Mylene Sheath and Make My Day Records in digipak, vinyl and digital download formats.

The album is based on the life and works of theorist Immanuel Velikovsky.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork 7.5/10 stars[1]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[2]
Maelstrom 9.5/10 stars[3]
Exploding In Sound (favorable)[4]
Philadelphia City Paper (favorable)[5]
The Punk Vault 5/5 stars[6]
Lambgoat 9/10 stars[7] 8/10 stars[8]
Strangeglue 9/10 stars[9]
Decoy Music 4/5 stars[10] 3.5/5 stars[11]

The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist is widely considered to be the band's most seminal work. It is their first album to garner widespread critical attention, including that of mainstream media outlets such as Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. Thus far, the album has been met with near universal acclaim.

On December 17, 2009 the album was profiled in the Rolling Stone "Hype Monitor!".[12]

The album is currently ranked No. 21 on Sputnikmusic's top 100 highest rated albums for the year 2009.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Birth Rites By Torchlight" Junius; Ira Bronson 5:19
2. "The Antediluvian Fire" Junius; Ira Bronson 7:20
3. "(turning to the Spirits of the hours...)" Junius; Ira Bronson 1:01
4. "A Dramatist Plays Catastrophist" Junius 5:02
5. "Ten Year Librarian" Junius 8:18
6. "Stargazers & Gravediggers" Junius 4:36
7. "(...he fell before her)" Junius 1:27
8. "Elisheva, I Love You" Junius 3:52
9. "Letters From Saint Angelica" Junius; Ira Bronson 6:05
10. "The Mourning Eulogy" Junius 5:55
Total length: 48:55

Track notes[edit]

  • Before the initial release of The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist, the tracks "Birth Rites By Torchlight" and "The Mourning Eulogy" were featured in two episodes of the horror film series Dark Path Chronicles by Mary Lambert.[14]
  • The album track "Elisheva, I Love You" was added to the music video game Rock Band on March 15, 2010.[15]


The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist album personnel adapted from the CD linear notes[16]


Guest Appearances

  • Immanuel Velikovsky - quotes
  • Will Benoit, Jess Collins, Bridge Laviazar, Dave Soucy, & Orion Wainer - gang vocals
  • Ira Bronson - additional writing contributions



  • Drew Speziale (of Circle Takes the Square)- cover illustrations
  • Matt Gauck - interior illustrations
  • Michael Repasch-Nieves - layout, design
  • Ira Bronson (Black Day Creative) - additional design


  1. ^ Jayson Greene (2010-03-16). "Junius: The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  2. ^ Andrew Dietzel (2010-03-25). "Junius: The Martyrdom of the Catastrophist". PopMatters. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  3. ^ Chaim Drishner. "JUNIUS - The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist - CD - The Mylene Sheath - 2009". Maelstrom. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  4. ^ Dan Goldin (2009-12-07). "Junius' Post-Rock Martyrdom Far From Catastrophic". Exploding In Sound. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  5. ^ J. Edward Keyes (2009-12-07). "Catastrophic". Philadelphia City Paper. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  6. ^ Admin. (2010-06-22). "Catastrophic". The Punk Vault. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  7. ^ Nick (2010-02-02). "Junius - The Martyrdom of the Catastrophist". Lambgoat. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  8. ^ Beta (2009-09-19). "Junius - The Martyrdom of the Catastrophist". Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  9. ^ Aidan Williamson (2009-12-04). "Junius: The Martyrdom of the Catastrophist". Strangeglue. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  10. ^ Dan Goldin (2009-12-09). "Junius - The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist". Decoy Music. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  11. ^ Brian (2010-01-05). "Junius - The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist". Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  12. ^ "Hype Monitor: Junius, Dam-Funk, Laura Veirs". Rolling Stone. 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  13. ^ "User's Highest Rated Albums: 2009". Sputnikmusic. 2011-10-29. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  14. ^ "Music Artist". Darkpathchronicles. 2008. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  15. ^ "Elisheva, I Love You". Rock Band. 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  16. ^ The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist (CD liner). Junius. The Mylene Sheath. 2009. pp. 21–22. 

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