Entries tagged with: Locrian
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
Recent releases by Handmade Birds, in collage form
Handmade Birds, the label created by R. Loren of Pyramids, has cornered the market on quiet brooding darkness as of late. The label recently dropped notable releases from the likes of Our Love Will Destroy The World, William Fowler Collins, Locrian and Christoph Heemann and Theologian, and is preparing to release a new effort from Jason Zeh as well. We have exclusive streams of a few songs from some of their latest offerings in mixtape form, as well as accompanying videos. Fans of experimental music that flirts with ambient, industrial and black metal overtones should take note. Listen below.
Check out said mixtape all streams are below.
Kevin Hufnagel on stage with Vaura (more by Greg Cristman)
Vaura are back from a successful round of dates with Alcest that kicked off with a sold-out show at Public Assembly (pics). The band's well-received Selenelion is out and making noise, spawning a pair of video treatments including "Drachma" and "Obsidian Damascene Sun", the latter of which comes courtesy of Terrence Hannum (Locrian) and makes its world premiere here today. Check that out below.
If you haven't seen Vaura, you have two vastly different chances to do so in the coming weeks. Next week Vaura will play a special acoustic set at The Stone (on 4/20 with a Kevin Hufnagel acoustic set right before it!) followed by a show the nest week at Death By Audio on 4/28 where the band will enlist their other projects Dysrhythmia and Kayo Dot for the show (yes, their family).
Check out both Vaura videos, including the Terrence Hannum (Locrian) produced "Obsidian Damascene Sun" below...
We are understandably excited about the Locrian/Mamiffer collaborative LP Bless Them That Curse You, out now via SIGE/Utech/Profound Lore. As a result, we fanagled the world's most eloquent pugilist, Oxbow's Eugene Robinson, into discussing the release with both bands. The results of said discussion is below. -BBG
TWO + THREE = INFINITY or: How Mammifer and Locrian will make mad the weary and drown the stage in tears.
by Eugene S. Robinson
A lot of times, well almost more times than not, the math and the mathematicians bungle the fucking job and adding cool to cool just results in everything being half as much instead of twice as much cool. How this happens and why probably has everything to do with the fact that this is more about magic and less about math, and putting Aaron Turner and Faith Coloccia's Mammifer together with the fine young men in Locrian and the results are less about a subtle power and grace and much more about the first hand experiences of loss, failure, and unnamed corruptions.
Forthwith: a chat with AARON TURNER, FAITH COLOCCIA, TERENCE HANNUM, STEVEN HESS and ANDRE FOISY....
Andy Nelson with Paint it Black at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Mamiffer, Tombs, Locrian, Thou, Fuck The Facts, The Atlas Moth and many more contribute to the second part of our continuing series where we asked some of our favorite artists about their 2011 highlights. Part One HERE. Part Two below...
Locrian (photo by Rik Garrett)
No one does ethereal, menacing, and haunting quite like Locrian. The three piece Chicago outfit mix shoegaze, gothic post-punk, and dark ambient, all with an overarching sense of dread on "Chalk Point" from The Clearing, the latest release from the highly prolific band. Stream the song below. The Clearing, which will see release on Fan Death, is currently up for preorder. Cover art and tracklist also below.
Locrian also recently released the Dort Ist Der Weg 7" via FSS. The band reworks the Popol Vuh track of the same name on said 7" with the flip getting a new track "Frozen in Ash". Order it now and stream it below.
photos by Stefan Raduta, videos by Jon Rosenthal, words by BBG
The inaugural Utech Festival went down over the weekend (on 6/11), in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It featured a deep lineup of bands that spanned the experimental, electronic, drone, noise, and ambient genres. The festival, spearheaded by the label of the same name, saw BV faves Horseback as headliners. Locrian (who produced the amazing The Crystal World) provided direct support, and the festival also featured Mamiffer, House of Low Culture (both of which contained Aaron turner of ex-Isis fame), James Plotkin, Jon Mueller, Gog, William Fowler Collins, Ural Umbo, RM74, and NYC's own Ithi. Pictures from the festival are in this post and continue below.
Horseback recently released The Gorgon Tongue via Relapse, a compilation of previous releases Impale Golden Horn and Forbidden Planet LPs into a single set. The band also recently posted a video for "Blood Fountain" which you can also watch below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Chicago's masters of blackened ambiance, Locrian, headlined a smoke-filled Europa on Sunday (4/17) with Martial Canterel, Blacklist, and Gnaw. The show was a rare East Coast appearance for Locrian, who will swing through Milwaukee on June 11th to play the Utech Records Festival alongside names like Mamiffer, Horseback, Ithi (who play NYC on 5/11), and many others.
Locrian recently released a video for "Elevations & Depths" which is viewable below, along with Locrian's Europa set list and more pictures from the whole show...
Liturgy at Death By Audio (more by Jesse Lindmar)
Loved by some and love-to-be-hated by others (but isn't that how the great ones are treated?), Brooklyn "trancendental black metal" crew Liturgy are preparing to release their new LP Aesthethica for new label Thrill Jockey on May 10th. Download a pair of tracks above. Stream them below.
The band is currently in Europe to play a string of dates that include Roadburn this weekend, but will return to the US to play a Record Release show at Knitting Factory on June 2nd. Tickets are on sale.
The show isn't the only upcoming Liturgy NYC date though, as they'll join White Ring & Terrence Hannum (Locrian) to play new bar/venue Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint) on May 6th.
"Finally, Greenpoint has a real fucking ROCK BAR!" declare the owners of Saint Vitus, the new 2,500 square foot bar, eatery and venue opening in Greenpoint next week. Owned by a group of guys who've been behind the bar at places like Bar Matchless, Lil Frankies and No. 7, Saint Vitus (named for a Black Sabbath song that is itself named for the nervous system disorder) was a social club, then a plumbing school in a past life...Scurti plays in Primitive Weapons, who will also play Saint Vitus on May 13th with Goes Cube, Descender and Iron Tides as part of a string of dates for Goes Cube.
"All three of us are musicians, so we designed this place to be a musician's dream," co-owner Justin Scurti tells us. "It's not too big, not too small, and we built it to our specifications for the best sound and stage set-up." Scurti says he plans to book everything from "good country music to black metal." -[Gothamist]
Locrian released one of my favorite LPs of 2010, and have released a new collaborative song with Horseback called "The Gift" which appears on a Utech sampler in celebration of the forthcoming Utech Festival on 6/11 in Milwaukee (where both bands will share a bill with Mamiffer, House of Low Culture, James Plotkin, and many other notables). "The Gift" will also appear on their forthcoming collaborative EP (!) New Dominions due on Utech. Locrian & Horseback also recently collaborated on a split 7" for Turgid Animal (disappearing fast!) and you can hear Horseback's contribution, "Oblivion Eaters" streaming below.
All tour dates, song streams, and a highly controversial video conducted with Liturgy is below.
DOWNLOAD: Velnias - Untitled (excerpt) (MP3)
Velnias at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Samantha Marble)
Apparently the time to take your band from good to jaw-dropping in black metal hours is less than two years. Between my first experience with them at Public Assembly to my last at The Studio at Webster Hall, Velnias have has established themselves as a legitimate force. They matched the awesome power that was Altar of Plagues on that August 2010 afternoon. In the moments directly following their set of punishing doom-meets-soaring-blackened destruction, I knew I needed some recorded material for the train rides... but sadly their tour-only EP had sold-out before they made it to NYC.
Thankfully, Velnias has righted that wrong, but for a limited time....
Land of Decay is pleased to announce our newest release, a limited edition cassette from Velnias. The band originally released this album as a tour edition CDr last summer, but sold out of the release quickly... The tape consists of one extended track that lasts over twenty-two minutes... The track on this release is a mesmerizing piece. We'd rather that you hear it for yourself rather than attempt to describe it.An excerpt from this awesome and uber-limited cassette (100 copies!) is downloadable above and streaming below for the first time. No word on if a vinyl release is in the works, but fingers crossed.
All current Velnias dates, the art and song stream is below.
Terrence Hannum's "Hateshrine", and cover art for Sun Splitter II
Land of Decay have dropped the second release from Sun Splitter, a four-track release of killer ambient doom with touches of industrial music. Originally released on CD-R, the cassette features art from Locrian's Terence Hannum (who's art show opens today in Chicago) and is limited to 100 copies, so snag one of these ASAP via the label. Check out two tracks from the release: "Northern Blood Tithe" which is downloadable above and appears for the first time here, and "Earth Burner" which is streamable along with "Northern Blood Tithe" below.
While we're on the subject of Locrian, you can catch the band when they play Europa on April 17th with Martial Canterel, Gnaw, and Blacklist (whose singer Josh Strawn now also spends time in both Vaura and Religious to Damn). Tickets are on sale for the Stereogum's Haunting the Chapel & Wierd Records dark synth and metal event. Locrian released one of my favorite LPs of last year with The Crystal World.
Meanwhile just across town, another band of Chi-city ruffians are preparing a release of their own. Chicago's The Swan King have signed to Seventh Rule and will release their newest LP Eyes Like Knives on February 22nd. Featuring current and former members of Planes Mistaken for Stars, Asschapel, and Circle of Animals (that also features Bruce Lamont, who is on tour with his Led Zeppelin cover band), the band's newest LP was recorded by Sanford Parker and features the trio fusing riffy and mathy hardcore with High On Fire-style tones. Check out "Staring Through Skulls" available for download above and streaming below, and while you're at it, make sure and get the band's The Good Deeds EP which is currently available for free. It kills.
No more tour dates for either band, but all song streams and more details on The Swan King's Eyes Like Knives are below.
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "By Endurance We Conquer" (MP3)
Sleep at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more)
Lists are very subjective. A "best of" list is always an amalgam of personal experiences - that fateful moment when you press "Play" for the first time, in addition to a grade of excellent songwriting. The records I've listed below had a profound impact on me this year, as did many of the shows that I attended and put on in the past twelve months. I'd like to thank all the artists who made this list as well as the ones who didn't, in addition to people like 1000 Knives, Osiris, Bill Dozer, Ian Dickson and venues like Union Pool, The Studio at Webster Hall, Acheron, Santos Party House and a slew of others for keeping heavy music alive in NYC. But mostly, thank YOU, the reader and the listener!
Alright, enough with the sappy bulshit, let's RAGE...
Locrian recently released another three videos (!) from their haunting new long-player The Crystal World (art above). Dig on "Extinction" and "Triumph of Elimination" as well as "Obsidian Facades", which makes its first appearance here. Check out those videos as well as an additional two released earlier this year, below. For those of you counting at home, thats five videos of the seven track LP.
Locrian have a new LP on the way entitled The Crystal World, another disc of blackened ambient drone intensity from this Chicago (now) trio. The LP, due on November 28th via Utech Records, ups the ante on their previous drone-y darkness by expanding their sonic pallette (adding strings, clean guitar, among other instrumentation) but keeping with the same gothic and emotional intensity. Spanning two CDs (one disc on LP), The Crystal World takes inspiration from the JG Ballard novel and features the title track and the first disc's closer "Elevations and Depths", available for stream (below) and download (above) for the first time here. Also debuting in this post: the video for "Pathogens" (below). This will be a record discussed at year end, so get familiar.
Locrian currently has no East Coast dates on their schedule, but do have a few in their native Midwest. Check out their full tour dates, The Crystal World album art (by the venerable Justin Bartlett) & tracklisting, two videos from the LP, and a stream of two tracks below...
DOWNLOAD: Locrian - "Invisible/Visible" (M4A)
Locrian (photo by Lenny Gilmore)
Locrian will play NYC on Saturday July 10th as part of a artist Scott Treleaven's The Touching Of Hands exhibit at Light Industry in Brooklyn. The show will consist of the band playing a full set, as well as performing "Visible/Invisible" (downloadable above) as part of the artist's "Last 7 Words" video, an "affectionate and ethereal Super-8 portrait of [Genesis] Breyer P-Orridge".
The Touching of HandsGenesis Breyer P-Orridge will not be in attendance that day, as s/he will be preforming as part of Thee Majesty in Torino Italy on July 10th. However, Genesis will be in attendance for a lecture on Brion Gysin on July 15th as part of a program put on by the New Museum.
Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 7:30pm, $7
...An evening of solo and collaborative projects by Scott Treleaven and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, focusing on the shared influence of artist and mystic Brion Gysin. Gysin's close friendship with Breyer P-Orridge, and in turn her friendship with Treleaven, has over time given rise to a number of aesthetic and philosophical affinities found in the work of all three, communicated from one to the other.
Each has explored, in his or her own way, the nature of extreme mental states, ideas of eros and thanatos, and modern applications of occult thought. Permutations of the cut-up technique, invented by Gysin in the 1950s, can be found in the reordering of visual information by both Breyer P-Orridge and Treleaven. A preoccupation with the legend of the Cult of the Assassins led to Gysin collaborator William Burroughs's novel The Wild Boys, Breyer P-Orridge's collective Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth and, later, Treleaven's The Salivation Army, his VHS classic about a mid-90s movement centered around a Wild Boys/Psychick Youth-inspired zine. All demonstrate what Treleaven calls a "pre-Web concept" of "total intimacy and privacy, unmediated by uncontainable social networks."
Two nights earlier, July 13th, the New Museum hosts a related event - "8pm Dream Machine, A Celebration with performances by York Factory Complaint and John Zorn & Bill Laswell". Flyer for that one below with info on how you can help get a movie about Genesis and Lady Jaye funded...
DOWNLOAD: Abscess - "Dawn of Inhumanity" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Vasaeleth - "Wrathful Deities" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Apostle of Solitude - "December Drives Me To Tears" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Apostle of Solitude - "Hunter Sick Rapture" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Agrimonia - "The Decay" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Locrian - "Procession of Ancestral Brutalism" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Hammers of Misfortune - "Freebird" (Zipped MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Buzzov-en - "Mainline" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Cobalt - "Scarred For Life" LIVE (MP3, Filth cover)
DOWNLOAD: Hooded Menace - "As The Creatures Ascend" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zu - "Tom Araya Is Our Elvis" (MP3)
Locrian at Show No Mercy last Year (more by Justina Villanueva)
Occupying the vast nothing at the crossroads of black metal, noise, ambient, and drone are Chicago duo Locrian. The band released Drenched Lands last year and are already prepping Territories via Small Doses in the US. The new effort features luminaries from the Chi scene performing their "most fully realized form of Locrian's dystopic vision"; look for Blake Judd (Nachtmystium), Mark Solotroff (Bloodyminded, Anatomy of Habit) Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), and Andrew Scherer (Velnias) to appear on the LP. Until that record hits your friendly neighborhood distro later this month, check out the first taste of the LP above, "Procession of Ancestral Brutalism". The band was recently interviewed by Black Rat Method.
By now, you have most likely heard of High On Fire's upcoming Snakes Of The Divine due on E1 Records. The album is currently in the pre-order stages (with vinyl options), and from what I have heard so far, its another massive effort from this Oaktown posse. More to come, and look for them to hit the road supporting the record soon.
Blackened death is Vasaeleth's specialty, and the band fires away on their debut LP Crypt Born & Tethered to Ruin. Featuring Antinom of the mighty Dagon behind the kit, the record is out NOW via Profound Lore and is highly recommended for fans of Blasphemy, early Bolt Thrower, Teitanblood and anything generally putrid and foul. Check out the first track to emerge, "Wrathful Deities", and make sure and pick up the LP!
Abscess, featuring Chris Reifert of Autopsy/Death, will release their new LP Dawn of Inhumanity on March 9th via Peaceville. Recorded in October 2009, the effort features vocals from Darkthrone who will release the LP as their final on the Tyrant Syndicate imprint for Peaceville. Download the title track above. Reifert's other band, Autopsy, will headline MDF 2010.
Cobalt will release a new live LP entitled Sworn To Violence via Phil McSorely's new imprint Hooded In Oil Records. The LP was pulled from a 2003 set and includes a cover of Filth's "Scarred For Life" which is downloadable above.
As previously discussed, Buzzov-en's new EP Violence From The Vault is out NOW via Relapse. The EP comes from the lineup that appeared on Sore, and we have one of my favorite tracks (if not my favorite) from the EP for download above. Dig on "Mainline". No word on that previously discussed Buzzov-en documentary in the works. Former Buzzov-en member Dixie Dave will be back in NYC with his new band Weedeater. Speaking of Weedeater, the band has titled their new LP, Jason... The Dragon. (Get it? Burnout!) The band will hit the studio in April to record the effort.
Is Indianapolis officially a part of the state of Maryland? Profound Lore introduces us to yet another killer doom band from the home of The Gates of Slumber and Coffinworm, Apostle of Solitude. In addition to wall-of-sound old school doom riffage, AoS features fantastic vocals from guitarist Chuck Brown, former drummer for The Gates of Slumber and The Keep (which also featured Simon and McCash of TGoS). The band recently completed their new LP Last Sunrise, due on Profound Lore in middle March, and the record is a must hear for fans of old school doom like TGoS, Iron Man, or any thing that worships at the altar of Iommi/Butler/Ward. Download "December Drives Me To Tears" and "Hunter Sick Rapture" above.
Southern Lord will release a vinyl subscription series featuring exclusive versions ofBlack Cobra's Chronomega, Ascend's Ample Fire Within, Pelican's What We Call Come To Need, Yob's The Great Cessation (one of my faves of last year), Twilight's Monument To Time End (!, more on that in a sec), and a new exclusive one-sided 12" from Trap Them called Filth Rations featuring four unreleased tracks and a second side etched by the great Justin Bartlett. More details on the set is here which contains a mysterious final slab of vinyl. Which brings me to my next point.....
More on the Southern Lord boxset, black metal supergroup Twilight, Nachtmystium, Triptykon, Earthride, the cover of the new Darkthrone, Negura Bunget, and much more as Short Wave Warfare continues....
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva
Fuck The Facts
In their second Brooklyn show in as many months and their second show in two cities in one day, Anal Cunt headlined the Show No Mercy event at Public Assembly on July 5th after playing an earlier set at the Hostile City Death Fest in Philly (a two day festival that started on the 4th).
Public Assembly was a highly eclectic affair. Seth Putnam and his band of antisocial fuck-ups were teamed up with the punishing grind assault of Fuck The Facts, prog-leaning stylings of Gwynbleidd, ambient nightmares brought on by Locrian, and the silly yet brutal deathgrind of Copremesis (seriously silly... Copremesis even did a techno "performance" complete with glowsticks)!
Fuck the Facts also played Hostile City Deathfest too, but on on July 4th. Our friends at Invisible Oranges were there:
Canada's Fuck the Facts are seasoned veterans, and it showed. Vocalist Mel Mongeon evokes Henry Rollins' warrior poses. She constantly coils and uncoils, bounding up on monitors, crouching down low, shrieking, growling, spitting. Her eye contact is not rehearsed. She is fully "in" her performance, and if she stares daggers through you, it is incidental and fleeting... Her band's grindcore meshes Godfleshian harmonics and tectonic sludge with punishing blastbeats.Next up FTF will tour for a couple weeks at the tail end of July leading up to Central Illinois Metalfest (Anal Cunt is there too) and a few scattered dates before and after.
The next edition of Show No Mercy will take place Public Assembly on August 2nd.
All FTF, Locrian(with The Human Quena Orchestra), and AxCx dates, and the rest of the July Show No Mercy pictures, are below....
by Black Bubblegum
Seth Putnam of AxCx at his most thoughful (more by Justina Villanueva)
June's Show No Mercy event is this Sunday (6/7), and we already have another event to look forward to after that! Eclectic is the name of the game as Anal Cunt (who recently played Europa) will team up with grinders Fuck The Facts, Locrian, Gwynbleidd, and Copremesis for a July 5th show at Public Assembly. Until then, Salome awaits on June 7th with Black Anvil, Woe, and Snake Sustaine (mems-A Life Once Lost).
Want to go Sunday? I have two pairs of tickets to give away. Email us at BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with a subject line of "SALOME", and include your first and last name. Two winners will be selected at random and notified the afternoon of June 5th.
Fuck The Facts recently announced the vinyl release of Disgorge Mexico via Stillborn Records on June 9th. The limited edition pressing will have 500 total copies, with 400 on white and 100 on black vinyl. Preorder that here.
Locrian has been busy since the beginning of 2009, dropping Drenched Lands earlier this year on At War With False Noise, and more recently, the Land of Decay VHS + 3" CD available here. 2009 will also see the releases of the Drenched Lands LP (via BloodLust) and a split 7" w/ Harpoon on Hewhocorrupts Inc. Show No Mercy is not their only upcoming NYC-area show either. They've added another on July 3rd at Lucky Cheng's. All dates below.
Copremesis, who describe themselves as "NS Death/Grind performed by minorities to hail the ARYAN RACE!!!", recently released the lilting ode to transexual perversion Muay Thai Ladyboys and are now offering all of their other releases for gratis download.
Full AxCx, Fuck The Facts, Locrian, Copremesis, and Rosetta dates are below...