"RtA" at #15 on the AV Club's Top 23 Record of 2013.
"Until Return To Annihilation, Locrian had been content to make obscure music on obscure records for obscure labels. But the fog-drenched oscillations of earlier releases have been sculpted into something new on the group’s latest full-length. With sharpness, lucidity, and a lust for sullen melody..."
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"RtA" at #15 on the AV Club's Top 23 Record of 2013.
SPIN magazine ranks "Return to Annihilation" (Relapse Records) at #4 in their Top 20 Metal Records of 2014.
We are in great company.
Thank you SPIN!
"After seven years spent releasing more than 30 cassettes, CD-Rs, seven-inches, splits, collabos, and VHS tapes(!), Chicago's Locrian finally drop a boring ol' studio album on Relapse like they're Baroness or something. With power comes responsibility, so their blackened-noise squelch and candlelit cobwebbery have been replaced with sounds more accessible but no less powerful: John Carpenter synths..."
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SAVE THE DATE!
LOCRIAN members Andre Foisy will be playing with his group Kwaidan, and Steven Hess will collaborate with Pelican's Trevor de Brauw.
Dec 6th, 2014
@The Cactus Club
MOOG Guest List: Featuring Terence Hannum
Read and listen at the Moog site - HERE
[via Roadburn website]...
In a true coup, we are thrilled to announce pitch-black experimental avant-drone trio Locrian will be enshrouding Roadburn Festival 2014in their blackened pall. Playing what will be their very first show on European soil, the grim Chicago post-industrialists will be bringing their nebulous drones, uncomfortable ambience and buried black-metallic shrieks to Het Patronaat in Tilburg, The Netherlands on Thursday April 10th.
Since their 2005 origins as the duo of André Foisy and Terence Hannum, and across six critically acclaimed full length releases and numerous collaborations and Eps, Locrian have been in a constant state of evolution, continually striving to express the inexpressible, creating soundscapes that have encompassed the spectrum between the white-hot furious noise and metallic clang of early Industrial music, the bleak introspection of the Post-Punk years and the hypnotic repetition and droning melodicism of the classic Krautrock bands.
With the addition of percussionist Steven Hess for 2010′s universally well-received The Crystal World the sonic palette of the band has expanded, leading to the significantly more rhythmic, terrifyingly bright spaciousness of Locrian‘s latest release, and first original full-length recording for Relapse Records, Return To Annihilation.
Prepare for Locrian to bring forth the cloying, terrifying darkness at Het Patronaat, but to also provide the light at the end of the tunnel… eventually.
Roadburn Festival 2014 will run for four days from Thursday, April 10th to Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
19th - The Bishop, Bloomington, IN
20th - Double Happiness, Columbus, OH
21st - Boomslang Festival, Lexington, KY (w/Grails, Thou, Pallbearer, Inter Arma)
22nd - The Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
The macabre and droning noise rock of Chicago’s Locrian has fascinated many since its initial album, Setting Yr. Jetta On Fire, was released in 2005. The trio is still pushing the envelope on current release Return To Annihilation. In order to share what tracks and albums the band drew from for inspiration on this album, Terence Hannum made MAGNET a mix tape. Also, be sure to stream Return To Annihilation on the band’s bandcamp page. Says Locrian, ”Our love for this era of music knows no bounds, and it becomes harder and harder to pin down an album, never mind a track. So I compiled a list of progressive rock groups and kosmiche groups that I think really influenced us or caught our attention as we were discussing making Return to Annihilation.”
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Debut LP of one third of avant drone metal outfit Locrian. Contemporary artist / musician Terence Hannum is back on wax with two side of meditative and sonic cathartic noise torrents.
Following on a dozen of highly regarded solo tapes and cdr, Spectral Life follows the artist through 2 tracks of electronic and acoustic drones blending in the most efficient way all the previous works of the artist.
While the A side is made of short different synth-driven pieces blended together in an immense opening track, the B side brings us in an extensive immersive psychedelic journey.
Standing as a deep emotional sonic ceremony, this new record draws Hannum at his best, finding his influences from the avant spectrum of black metal as well as bits of modern composition.
Mastered by James Plotkin and pressed by Handle With Care on 180gr black wax.
Locrian were asked some very unconventional and unique questions for this interview.
Read it HERE
by Ian Mathers
It’s not a criticism of Locrian to say that this is probably not one of the places that black metal’s progenitors ever thought it would wind up. The Chicago trio’s sound spans gnarled ambience, power drones, and hushed beauty as much as it does dark aggression, and Return to Annihilation is an unabashed homage to heavily conceptual albums by Yes, Genesis, and King Crimson, complete with dense thematic concerns and a plot that mostly floats free from the actual songs. Thankfully a close reading of the album’s narrative backdrop isn’t necessary to enjoy the result (although it certainly adds something), because the power of Return to Annihilation stems primarily from Locrian increasingly impressive mastery of their sound, its heft and depth as well as its quieter shadings...
Read the full review at Popmatters.com HERE