Esoteric, experimental artisan’s LOCRIAN are currently streaming their entire forthcoming full-length Return To Annihilation via Spin.com at THIS LOCATION. Spin describes the album as a “an eclectic float down murky, noxious, sludgy waters” and compares the group to everyone from Boards of Canada to Sunn0))) to Neurosis.
Return To Annihilation was recorded by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian, Circles, Serena Maneesh) at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, IL and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. The album will be released as CD, 2xLP, and digital formats on June 25th in North America, June 21st in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, and Finland, and June 24th in the UK and rest of the world.
A two-part concept album inspired by the band’s love for prog-rock progenitors Genesis, Yes & King Crimson, Return To Annihilation is easily the group’s most ambitious recordings to date, dubbed by Pitchfork as both “excellent” and “risky”, by Stereogum as “a corona of dream-pop and visceral shoegaze” and Outburn Magazine as “an excellent effort from one of the world’s most creative, interesting, and uncompromising bands”.
LOCRIAN, located in Chicago, IL and Baltimore, MD, has released over 20 recordings on an eclectic array of labels in their relatively short but prolific career.
Additionally, the group has announced a short run of dates this June plus an appearance at Kentucky’s Boomslang Festival in September. The shows kick off on June 27th in Montreal. A complete list of dates is included below.
LOCRIAN Tour Dates:
June 27: Montreal, QC, Casa Del Popolo
June 28: Brooklyn, NY, St. Vitus
June 29: Providence, RI, Machines With Magnets
June 30: Baltimore MD, Metro Gallery
Sep 20-22: Lexington, KY, Boomslang Fest [info]