Locrian Reveal Details of New Full Length, Return To Annihilation Locrian Reveal Details of New Full Length, Return To Annihilation

LocrianHot damn. You ready, Kap’n? The dark lords of experimental esoteric terror, Locrian, are gearing up to release their full-length Relapse debut, Return To Annihilation on June 25th (in North America, June 21st in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, and Finland, and June 24th in the UK and rest of the world). It’s a concept album (of course, it is) recorded at Electrical Audio and whose musical heft can be attributed to Yes, Genesis (long before anyone gave a damn about that Sussudio prick) and King Crimson and it’s theoretical meat is all…well, let’s just let Locrian’s chattier half, Terrence Hannum, explain:

“I think for the album concept we were inspired by Genesis’ ‘Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ and how it is a surreal narrative telling a story. We sought to make our own but we wanted to give our nod to the prog bands that inspired us; King Crimson or Yes with the multi-part songs.

So we had looked at the novel ‘Dhalgren’ by sci-fi writer Samuel Delaney as a big influence too. How it is a circular narrative, ours is more of a mirror of itself, one that changes and shifts. It also borrows extensively from Walter Benjamin’s ‘Arcades Project.’

Our story is about a cataclysm that changes the world and all manner of perception in two parts. I would say, the real and the perceived. And it is all told to you through a narrator, one who you cannot tell if he is asleep or dreaming or sleepwalking through this shifting landscape.

Part 1 begins at the end of a song whose lyrics discuss a dawn in which all of our monuments dissolved, the next track the wrath of heaven (a massive cataclysm) visits earth, then two moons appear in the sky (perhaps the most direct reference to Delaney’s novel but also an homage to Nick Drake). It ends with the first multi-part track ‘Return to Annihilation,’ a more metaphysical description of the changes apparent in the world. One in which minerals work against man, there is only evolution. We also gain insight into that what we’ve been told may be unreliable as the narrator admits to ‘noctambulism’ (sleepwalking). But it is intentionally unclear if this is his state or the state of everyone.

Part 2 is a view back through this mirror or lens of Part 1. We exit the hall or vapor and light and enter a “panorama of mirror, the entire world as reflection. It ends with a four part piece about worshiping equilibrium in a world where it has been extinct (isostasy), discussing the qualities of the air that is now poisoned, witnessing the burial of urns (hydriotaphia) and finally awaking to awareness.

One of the things we wanted to accomplish was a sense of texture with mirrors, prisms, lenses, etc. being referenced in the sounds and tone. I think it does.”

You get all that? Me neither. But if this band’s titanic output to date is any indication, this record should be a real welcome mindfuck. Track listing is below as well as an album teaser video. You can preorder Return to Annihilation here. See you in hell.

Return To Annihilation Tracklisting:

A:
Part I
1: Eternal Return
2: A Visitation From the Wrath of Heaven
3: Two Moons
4: Return to Annihilation
a. Into One Light
b. Anathemata
c. All Mineral in Upheaval

B:
Part II
5: Exiting the Hall of Vapor and Light
6: Panorama of Mirror
7: Obsolete Elegies
a: Isostasy
b: Digression of Air
c: Hydriotaphia
d: In Felsic Splendor



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