Tuesday, August 31, 2010

For Immediate Release: Locrian to Release "The Crystal World" a 2x Disc Album on Utech Records: November 27, 2010

Artist: Locrian
Album: "The Crystal World"
Label: Utech Records
Catalog Number: URCD 56/57
Format: 2xCD/LP
Art: Justin Bartlett
Release Date: November 27, 2010

Release Description:

'The Crystal World', the third studio album from Locrian, is an epic journey. Titled after JG Ballard’s 1964 novel that tells the story of a physician who specializes in leprosy sent to a remote African outpost to discover a jungle that is slowly crystallizing and encroaching upon everything it touches. Disc one comprises six tracks while disc two consists of one extended piece, 'Extinction', that picks up on the intensity of disc one and sustains it for close to an hour. On 'The Crystal World', Terence Hannum, and AndrĂ© Foisy, are joined by Steven Hess (On, Pan American, Ural Umbo) on percussion and electronics.

Hess’ contribution pushes Locrian deeper into the abyss of despair rendering a sound that is darker, bleaker, and engulfing than any of the group’s previous releases. Locrian continue the conceptual trajectory of blackened drone that the group initially embarked on during their first studio album 'Drenched Lands' (2009). Masters of layering, 'The Crystal World' finds the group manipulating tones and textures that transport the listener to an apocalyptic wasteland. At times, the layers are serene and somber, at other times they are chaotic.

Of Locrian’s three studio albums, 'The Crystal World' is the essential release, finding the band creating a sound all of their own. A sound that evades simplistic analogies to black metal, power-electronics, noise, or other categories. This is the album that will stun fans of the bands previous works with how far the group has come from their early releases. Vinyl edition out on Utech Records in 2011.

The group will be debuting material from this album at the Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC on Thursday, Septebmer 9th. The group will share a stage with Burning Star Core and The Ocean.

More information about this release will follow.