Saturday, April 30, 2011
Nice words on the Sun Splitter "II" tape from Vinyl Abuse. Here's what the blog has to say:
"This album is killer! 4 tracks of heavy doom/industrial/noise spread over 30+ minutes of tape. Originally released on cdr but Land Of Decay did the right thing and gave it an analogue release on pro-dubbed high quality chrome cassettes. Sun Splitter use drum machines and samples without sounding electronic at all. There's two guitarists and a hell of a lot of riffs as well as a vocalist that goes from chanting to blackened growls. There was only 100 copies made and they're all gone from the label but if you're quick you can get one here. Highly recommended."
Friday, April 29, 2011
Here's what he has to say:
"After having Locrian's latest LP spinning on my turntable for the last few weeks I'm finally getting around to posting about it. It's not easy to describe the sounds on this record as there's quite a mix of genres all melting together to make music that's both dark and beautiful at the same time. The cover art by Justin Bartlett looks exactly like it sounds, which is what album covers should do. Fans of ambient, drone, noise and black metal would be best off getting this into your eardrums as soon as possible. LP available now from Utech Records."
|SUN SPLITTER | II + SUNSPLITTER/BRIDESMAID 7''|
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
We are in the process of putting all of the studio albums on this site, which means if you purchase any of the physical studio albums from this site, you will be able to receive a download of the album immediately, which is kind of cool. Also, it means that you have more options for downloading the albums. That is, you can download high resolution files of the albums. You can also stream the albums that are on there in their entirety.
[Land of Decay; 2011]
Warlock-metal? Ritualistic metal? Stone-the-crow metal? Whatever you call it, Sun Splitter hang around the low-low-LOW end of the spectrum. Your speakers will wheeze with very-real pain, your tweeters taking the day off while your woofers work overtime. Majestic guitar leads; maybe this is dungeon-meta ... Slow stomps, guitars tuned low and crunchy like that first — and only the first — Pelican EP (back before they were Pelican't) or Pungent Stench or maybe even Entombed. Much, much slower than any of those, though. Cathedral could have been this heavy if they had a better screamer and laid off the up-tempo Sabbath vamps, but it never really happened, did it? Neurosis too; that's a natural mention any time a metal band dials things down, but there's a particularly strong connection in this instance. There's a point where it's either sink or swim, either the tape distinguishes itself as a force to be reckoned with or gets tossed in the pile with the burnouts. And it does, in a big way, suddenly, machine-gun double-bass, surging-sea riffs, pounding toms, ghostly group-screams. GUUUUUUAAAAAAHHHH!!! Hell yeah.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Horseback/Locrian collaborative EP "New Dominions" that will be released on Utech Records in June.
You can read his thoughts here: http://www.denisforkas.com/home.html
Monday, April 25, 2011
Greg Cristman took some nice photos from the Locrian show in Brooklyn last weekend. Thanks for Weird Records and Stereogum's Haunting the Chapel for the great show.
Other photos at Brooklyn Vegan.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Metal in a meatgrinder
By Christopher Weingarten
Crossing the fertile soil between heavy metal, ambient noise, and weird, disgusting bullshit, this four-band bill at Europa is like an expressionistic rendering of a thunderstorm or slaughterhouse. Leading the pack is Chicago’s wildly prolific Locrian, whose ritualistic, smoke-soaked live show is rooted in metal’s brooding overcast skies, but has a sound that leans more toward meditative drones, spectral hums, ghost rattles, and slow-moving foglike drifts of sludge. Similarly, openers Gnaw have metal’s glass-gargling screeches (courtesy of Khanate’s Alan Dubin), and monster drumming (courtesy Jamie Sykes of Thorr’s Hammer), but lean more toward sprawling, smeary sound pieces that mix traditional doom with a colorful slurry of deafening static, back masked horror, and homemade noisemakers. The bill is rounded out by two more quietly creepy local bands on the perennially chilly, defiantly austere label Wierd Records: The hopelessly (new-)romantic band Blacklist, who’s equal parts wistful and moody, making them like a John Hughes soundtrack to a vampire flick, and Martial Canterel, who embraces the most minimal ends of the darkwave spectrum.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
If you live in Europe, then check Turgid Animal since we're sure that they'll have a cheaper price.
Records will be shipped during the week of Monday, April 18th, 2011.
Artist: Locrian & Horseback
Edition Size: 300
Artwork: Scott Treleaven
Label: Turgid Animal
Side A: Horseback - Oblivion Eaters
Side B: Locrian - In the Absence of Light
The Locrian track was recorded in fall 2010, just a few months before "The Crystal World" was recorded. "In the Absence of Light" was recorded during the same session as "This is the Final Epoch" (the bonus track from the tape version of "Drenched Lands").
Friday, April 8, 2011
We added a new "Territories" package to the Land of Decay shop as well as copies of the Locrian/Colossus c50 tape that we found. The recording on the tape is from a live set on WLUW in 2008 (maybe 2007?). Regardless, it's one of the earlier Locrian recordings. Check it out here.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
There's a sampler on the site that has a preview of one of the tracks that will be on the Horseback/Locrian one-sided LP later this year.