“Elevations And Depths” is the 10+ minute track that ends adventurous Chicago blackened noisemakers Locrian’s The Crystal World, one of my favorite albums of 2010 (and one of two great records they released last year). It’s an excellent song, one that popped up as a bonus on our December Monthly Mix for its icy qualities. Turns out the anguished acoustic/violin-lined dirge does just as well soundtracking forest greenery and clear blue skies (as well as the expected shadows) in this Annie Feldmeier-Adams-directed video:
The MP3 again:
The Crystal World is out via Utech as an LP and a double CD. The guys have also completed New Dominions, a one-sided LP with fellow metal adventurers Horseback. It features 20-minutes of music backed with an etched B-Side by Denis Forkas Kostromitin, who did the cover art as well. It’s out 6/11 also via Utech (to coincide with Milkwaukee’s Utech Records Music Festival). Here’s a track from that, “The Gift.”
Additionally, Locrian and Horseback put together a separate split 7″ that’ll surface shortly before the EP, this via UK label Turgid Animal in an edition of 300. Horseback contributed “Oblivion Eaters,” Locrian “In the Absence of Light.” You can order it now via Land Of Decay.
Finally, if you’re around NYC this weekend, Haunting The Chapel organized a show with WIERD featuring Locrian, GNAW (fronted by one of our great vocalist, ex-Khanate howler Alan Dubin), dark minimal synth favorite Martial Canterel, and Blacklist, who’re playing their first NYC show in more than a year (last performance was with Zola Jesus and White Ring). It takes place Sunday (4/17) at Europa. Doors are at 7:00. We’d wanted to combine some metal-related bands with some minimal and cold and other waves … so we did. The flyer: