Territories

by Locrian

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Gray c52 cassettes with black ink in traditional plastic case with 3 panel j-card and 6 panel insert, with wide pearlescent obi strip around the case.

"Re-issue of Locrian's 2010 album that saw their noise, drone, and black metal hybrid come to full fruition. Synth and guitar drones punctuated by feedback, blast beats, and vocals. Guest musicians include Mark Solotroff (Bloodyminded, Anatomy of Habit), Blake Judd (Nachtmystium), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest), and Andrew Scherer (Velnias). An incredible and essential piece of music." - Sol y Nieve

"As excellent as their last full-length, ‘Drenched Lands’, was, ‘Territories’ is, well, a whole ‘nother territory. The sound world created herein is truly expansive, spanning Locrian’s usual pitch-black droning minimalism, through to black metal on an epic scale, taking in meditative post-space-rock guitar and icy synthscapes along the way, and often ALL of the afore-mentioned at once...The scale of ‘Territories’ is vast indeed, and such a project on such a scale could have easily failed and fallen into the trap of throwing TOO much into the mix, but it has succeeded effortlessly. ‘Territories’ is a triumph of sound, and deserves to be heard by EVERYONE of an adventurous musical leaning. " - The Sleeping Shaman

"I guess much will be written about the black metal influenced tracks on Territories but the focus of Locrian remains very much on improvisation. If it's black metal you're seeking then I'm afraid you're gonna have to wade through a lot of black atmospherics to get there. Just listen to the shared guitar improvisations that comprise the opening minutes of 'The Columnless Arcade' before it cuts to the surging metal riffing, martial snare drum rolls and distant tortured screamed vocals. As ever it doesn't wallow too long in one place as Locrian cast their net wide trawling through wigged out terrain casting off elements of black metal with post-rock tunings into dense psychedelic murk." - Compulsion Online

"The change and evolution of their sound is immediate once "Inverted Ruins" launches. The carefully controlled feedback of Andre Foisy’s bass guitar and the simple echoed stabs of Terence Hannum’s synths could be on any of their releases, but the addition of live drums from Velnias member Andrew Scherer and the distant, disgusted vocals of Bloodyminded’s Mark Solotroff push the sound closer towards rock territory, while synthesizer drones and digital noise pull it in the opposite direction...The long "Procession of Ancestral Brutalism" embraces the squall of black metal, but with a distinct sound and structure that contradicts the genre’s infatuation with muffled flatulent production and cookie monster vocals. Aided by Nachtmystium’s Blake Judd on vocals and guitar, it’s not surprising that it conjures images of black metal, but the complex layering of guitars over Hannum’s almost prog-rock synth lines and Scherer’s freak out drumming, all with a cavalcade of vocal parts sounding like Mayhem and Can battling it out with neither side dominating the other...The closing "The Columnless Arcade" features the same line-up, with the addition of Yakuza’s Bruce Lamont on saxophone. The screamed tortured vocals and rapid staccato guitar also give a metallic sheen to the proceedings, but there is a greater aridness to the track, a bit more light let in...Territories stands as the full realization of the tapes, EPs, and split 7" singles that the band has [previously] issued, perfectly encapsulating their dark, dystopian sound with the ideal balance of pure heaviness and pensive drone." - Brainwashed

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released August 23, 2014

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