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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – July 2015

If you read the Black Market regularly, you will no doubt be shocked — shocked! — to hear the following: July was a fucking crazy month for metal. I could probably let this fact pass without comment, as the Black Market crew (Aaron Lariviere, Wyatt Marshall, Ian Chainey, Michael Nelson, and I) struggles to winnow… More »

By: Doug Moore / July 31, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Locrian – “Heavy Water”

On their upcoming LP, Infinite Dissolution, Locrian are envisioning a post-apocalyptic life. As they told Noisey, the avant-garde/metal/drone band’s inspiration for the album largely comes from The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History — an intriguing novel, written by journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, declaring mass extinction due to destructive trends in climate change. Infinite Dissolution is produced… More »

By: Misha Sesar / June 18, 2015 - 1:09 pm

The Soft Pink Truth – “Black Metal” (Venom Cover)

Drew Daniel is no stranger to unorthodox musical experiments. His main project with his partner M.C. Schmidt, Matmos, has released some of the most conceptually ambitious experimental music of the last couple of decades without ever sacrificing their sense of fun. The best description I’ve ever heard of Daniel as an artist came from the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 8, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Locrian – “Eternal Return” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Locrian placed high in last month’s Black Market with their atmospheric, drone-laden brand of black metal: “Eternal Return,” the first single from their new full-length Return To Annihilation, showcased a clear and satisfying progression toward warmer, more energetic songwriting – a progression that seems like it will be pretty consistent throughout the record. More »

By: Elliah Heifetz / June 25, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Locrian – “Two Moons”

In last month’s Black Market, we named the Locrian track “Eternal Return” the second-best new metal song to be released in May. “Eternal Return” is a pretty bold advancement of Locrian’s sound, and their forthcoming album, Return To Annihilation, promises to be one of the most intriguing new releases of 2013’s second half. “Two Moons”… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 13, 2013 - 2:03 pm

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – May 2013

May has been a pretty intense month around here. Memorial Day Weekend brought Maryland Death Fest to Baltimore, and attendance was mandatory for any metalhead who wanted to keep his cred pass. (Absences were excused in cases of need; acceptable excuses included: unavoidable domestic or professional demands; financial concerns; injury; disability; agoraphobia; and/or inability to… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 31, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Horseback/Locrian – “The Gift” (Stereogum Premiere)

Back in May, Chapel Hill, NC’s Horseback released one of the year’s most rewarding albums, Half Blood, which blends ambient black metal with rootsy Americana to chilling and remarkable results. Their occasional collaborators, the Chicago-based drone outfit Locrian, dropped the excellent The Clearing/The Final Epoch in August of this year. The two groups are teamed… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 4, 2012 - 11:52 am

Locrian & Christoph Heemann – “Hecatomb” (Stereogum Premiere)

Chicago-based avant-garde drone trio Locrian do fine work on their own (check out their excellent 2012 release The Clearing/The Final Epoch), but they’re still probably best-known for their collaborations with bands like Horseback and Mammifer. Now they’ve teamed with German visual artist and experimental composer Christoph Heemann (H.N.A.S., Current 93, Jim O’Rourke) for a self-titled… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 20, 2012 - 11:09 am

Locrian – “Coprolite” (Stereogum Premiere)

Chicago’s Locrian are probably best known for their collaborations with Horseback and Mammifer, but the now-trio of André Foisy, Terence Hannum, and Steven Hess have released much excellent music on their own. Locrian are usually filed under “metal” due to their musical associations (the above-mentioned names plus Blake Judd from Nachtmystium, Bruce Lamont from Yakuza,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 7, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Locrian – “Elevations And Depths” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

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. More »

By: brandon / April 15, 2011 - 11:55 am

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010

Clichés be damned — this really was a good year for metal. I had a harder time organizing a Top 10 in 2010 than ever before. Ditto the Top 20. It was such a good year that I went overboard and shifted my usual Top 30 to a Top 50. (Sure, the different between No. More »

By: brandon / December 21, 2010 - 11:58 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: December 2010

Appropriately, and by design, the December edition of our Monthly Mix is the iciest. In the comments of the last installment Scott joked about me doing an “all black metal” mix, but as you’ll notice when you read through the below tracklist, I opted to go for darkness in different corners. In case you missed… More »

By: brandon / December 2, 2010 - 5:04 pm

The First Five Minutes After Death: Various Artists Remember Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson

I woke up early Thursday to a message from Sasha Grey titled “Sleazy Passed.” She’d sent it at 5:30 AM and said, among other things, “Now I know how people felt when MJ died … I think.” A certain strain of listeners and makers, those following paths moving outside of the usual pop cultural histories,… More »

By: brandon / November 29, 2010 - 4:58 pm

Locrian “At Night’s End” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Over the past few months Locrian have quietly released two of 2010’s best albums. They’re not a quiet band, but the project of André Foisy and Terence Hannum — which expands and contracts depending on the situation, degree of black noise/drone/metal/electronics — flies beneath too many radars. When I wrote about the game-changing Territories thi… More »

By: brandon / November 1, 2010 - 12:56 pm

Locrian – “The Columnless Arcade”

Locrian’s Territories ends with the torrentially uplifting “The Columnless Arcade.” The Chicago duo of André Foisy and Terence Hannum still create plenty of dark, crumbling, murky washes and spacious Prurient-on-Loren Mazzacane Connors noisescapes, but since their last collection Drenched Lands (and a handful of shorter 2009 releases), they’ve added a rock layer to the bleak… More »

By: brandon / April 14, 2010 - 12:46 pm