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Return To Annihilation

by Locrian

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Tom Colquhoun
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Tom Colquhoun Saw them at Roadburn and fell in love instantly. Using bass-heavy electronic drones, furiously pounding drums and waves of thick, trebly black metal guitar, Locrian build up an atmosphere that's both haunting and viscerally satisfying. Favorite track: Two Moons.
The Peetle
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The Peetle Epic. Bewildering. Stunning. Glorious. Mesmerising. A fantastically dark voyage from beginning to end. Favorite track: Return to Annihilation.
Rob Mason
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Rob Mason Beautiful album.
If you like "Horseback" and "Pyramids", you'll dig this. Favorite track: Return to Annihilation.
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Max My favorite release this year. Ineffably great. Favorite track: Obsolete Elegies.
Scott Unruh
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Scott Unruh This album showcases Locrian in a completely new, but familiar and apocalyptic light. Essential listening.
Wez Barber
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Wez Barber Great, moody electro-drone. Love the prog stylings especially on the final track Favorite track: Obsolete Elegies.
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Chicago’s blackened noise geniuses LOCRIAN spent the second half of 2012 crafting ‘Return To Annihilation’, their Relapse debut. Locrian have been creating their own brand of epic noise drone for close to a decade, but ‘Return To Annihilation’ is the culmination of their sound. Equal parts black metal, noise and drone, LOCRIAN’s ‘Return To Annihilation’ is a terrifyingly beautiful vision of bright menace. The soundtrack of the bright white lights we’ll all see before the very end of days.


released June 25, 2013

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Locrian Baltimore, Maryland

Locrian was formed in late 2005 by André Foisy and Terence Hannum. Allmusic has described the band as an ”eclectic mixture of black metal, electronics, drone and noise rock”. The band have identified krautrock and '90s death metal as influences as well. ... more

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Track Name: Eternal Return
In the dawn our monuments dissolved
Every tower and pyramid
In a landscape of pure echo
In islands of light
Ruinless and Unmarred
Track Name: Return to Annihilation
a. "Into one Light"
What separates
Inside from outside
The Dwelling Place
Unrest Petrified
In Silence
Of Divine Accord
In the law
Of Ruins
Toward the Sky
Into One Light

c. "All Mineral in Upheaval"
Obelisk of our Desert
All Mineral in Upheaval
Track Name: Panorama of Mirrors
Basalt Elations
Beneath Empyrean
A Bituminous Vision
Of Feudal Ruins
In a Gallery of Mirrors
In a Passage of Panoramas
The Purgation of our Trace
Lustrations to the End
Track Name: Obsolete Elegies
a. "Isostasy"
A humid incandesence
Illumines this universal clamor
Still and Glowering
In Fugitive Shadows
Toward the sublime mantle
A Return to Annihilation
A Return to Rheology
Worship at the felled altar of

d: "In Felsic Splendor"
Resurrection of our Felsic Splendor
Eternity in the midst
Of Profound Dusk
Projected Endlessly through this void
As a veil
As an aura
As an apparition
To awaken the world from its dream of itself