Review: Locrian - Territories (2010)


artist: Locrian
release: Ter­rit­or­ies
format: LP
year of release: 2010
label: At War With False Noise, Basses Fre­quences, Blood­Lust!, Small Doses
dur­a­tion: 47:47

detailed info: dis​cogs​.com

Locrian’s dis­co­graphy keeps grow­ing at a steady pace, and with releases like this year’s Ter­rit­or­ies filling up the ranks, that is noth­ing to be ashamed of. The solid base of tear­ing gui­tars, drones, subtle synths and screech­ing noise is still here, but this time around, Andre Foisy and Ter­rence Han­num are joined by a vari­ety of guest musi­cians, adding drums and other ele­ments into the dysto­pian music.

Inver­ted Ruins” starts off slow, with plod­ding drums and ear-piercing high fre­quen­cies accom­pa­ny­ing slowly des­cend­ing chords and raw, dirty vocals. “Between Bar­rows” is a subtle layered ambi­ent piece with organs and cym­bal swells. The A-side closes with a short noisy gui­tar sound­scape that morphs into a raw black metal track, open­ing new vis­tas for the band.

The second half of the album has a sim­ilar curve, with “Ring Road” and “Antedi­lu­vian Ter­rit­ory” explor­ing melod­ies and drones, and the excel­lent final track, bring­ing more black metal after an oth­er­worldly dual-guitar intro, and end­ing with some great melodic gui­tar leads over slower drums.

This Ter­rit­or­ies LP is yet another example of the fas­cin­at­ing music of Locrian. It’s not quite metal, not quite ambi­ent, but some­thing in its own right: urban, indus­trial, raw, vis­ion­ary, and dysto­pian. Genre-crossing music for the 21st cen­tury.

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

I. Inver­ted Ruins (8:35)
II. Between Bar­rows (5:54)
III. Pro­ces­sion Of Ances­tral Bru­tal­ism (10:48)

IV. Ring Road (9:41)
V. Antedi­lu­vian Ter­rit­ory (4:02)
VI. The Column­less Arcade (8:50)