Music Reviews

Artist: Locrian (@)
Title: Plague Journal
Format: 7"
Label: Bloodlust! (@)
Rated: *****
The label describes it thus: “Locrian's first appearance on vinyl sees the duo of Andre Foisy and Terence Hannum distilling their specific take on deconstructed metal trance music down to just over a dozen minutes of finely balanced, passive/aggressive, shimmering psychedelic drone; Includes locked-groove on B-side.”

So let’s go to the music. Side A consists of “Plague Journal,” which begins with some repetitive guitar. I have to admit that I didn’t find it terribly interesting until it began to get noisier as it went. However, it maintains the repetitive guitar throughout and ends on a lighter note. Side B consists of two tracks. “Apocryphal City” still has some repetition but this track was much more atmospheric. Static and crackles over a repetitive melody, but much more interesting than side A. It also gets progressively noisier while still maintaining the atmosphere. This track seems to have much more complexity. “Portents Fallen” is simply a locked groove that doesn’t really do much for me. This 7” comes in white vinyl packaged in a plain white sleeve. Limited to 300 copies.

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