Locrian To Release "The Crystal World" On Utech Records

posted September 8, 2010

Locrian To Release "The Crystal World" On Utech Records

Locrian have announced the upcoming release of "The Crystal World" on November 27, 2010, via Utech Records. "The Crystal World" is the third studio album from Locrian. 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 André 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.

A vinyl edition will be 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, September 9th. The group will share a stage with Burning Star Core and The Ocean.