By Lane Oliver
The Chicago experimental tyrants Locrian never want to make it easy for you. Never expect anything from this band because they will always surprise you. Their music is a intimidating chimera of sorts, drawing sounds from all over the musical spectrum and creating a beast that demands attention and will not unhook its claws from you until the final moments have been exhausted. Their previous full length The Clearing and collaboration with Mamiffer, Bless Them That Curse You, were just like that for me. Their distinctive, ever changing sound took a hold of me and kept me entranced in their gaze. So one would expect, and be correct of course, that Locrian’s new album is just as awe-inspiring. Return to Annihilation is an expansive exercise in creativity and further allows Locrian to defy expectations and categorization.
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