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Locrian - Return to Annihilation (2013)

Locrian – Return to Annihilation (2013)

The last time I invested myself in the post-apocalyptic night terror texture of Locrian was back when the band was crying, foul from a frozen stream of Ballardian death homilies and as glad as I was to speak to the deep brimmings of unnamable fear The Crystal World bled from my teeth I was pretty damn certain I was never gonna need to hear from this band again.

It’s not you, Locrian. It’s me. Often times I’m just a pussy who prefers to keep his musical canoodling not light, necessarily, but as far away from the rational hysterics of THE dystopian end game as humanly possible.

Which is, actually, a lot harder than you’d think.

So it’s a bit of a surprise that I’m spending a weekend with Return to Annihilation as I walk through the hills and glens of Prospect Park, Brooklyn. I suppose it’s more of a surprise to say that I’m actually enjoying the experience and though I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’d recommend it to most, those eager (in earnest) for an experimental prog slant on blackened Decadence whose commitment to melody is only rivaled by distant, punctuating howls from the balcony of the Third Mind would do well to follow in the tired footsteps that mark a desperate pilgrimage through any absurd, urban preserve.

And no, I’m not going through a “thing” though I have been yearning for a way to meditation. A path to rationalize, in lonely quiet, the many horrors of modern living without surrendering the hope that there is hope left for not just the earth but the men and beasts who’ve made a habit of inhabiting her verdant surface.

Okay, so maybe it is a “thing” but it’s one I don’t feel so isolated in. Listening to Locrian’s patient pulse play out like a jar of wasps for a raga with synths and phases in debt to Dhalgren (among the aforementioned) I feel kindred, comforted. I have a noise to drown out living for fifty cataclysmic minutes, an ohm to tune my spirit away from the half-fiction of somnambulism.

It’s not, exactly, a peaceful experience as the band makes a point of breaking the warming lull of instrumental repetition with cold, metal horror (as in the devolution of “A Visitation from the Wrath of Heaven”) but those chasms aren’t upsetting. They abide by a story line (which, admittedly, I can’t really follow), serving as points of invigoration, peaks that uplift the listener like roaming hordes of ball lightning and add to the swirling complexity that makes Return to Annihilation a record of such human resonance as well as a distinct apex in Locrian’s already storied career.

Return To Annihilation Tracklist:

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

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

Locrian - Return to Annihilation, reviewed by Charles on 2013-07-23T07:21:39-07:00 rating 3.8 out of 5

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