Locrian signs to Relapse

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Locrian: Steven Hess, Terence Hannum, and Andre Foisy
  • Rik Garrett
  • Locrian: Steven Hess, Terence Hannum, and Andre Foisy
In recent years Chicago has established itself as one of the most important cities in the world of heavy metal—it's only midwestern modesty that keeps me from flat-out saying it's number one—and the seemingly endless procession of bands coloring outside the genre's often strict stylistic lines is making a considerable impact on musicians around the globe. Longstanding metal label Relapse Records has been scooping up many of the better acts around town, including Bloodiest, Indian, and the best-named band in metal, Weekend Nachos.

This afternoon Relapse announced that it had signed experimental metal trio Locrian, whose membership is split between Chicago and Baltimore. I consider it a smart move on the label's part. Over seven years and 20 releases the band has refined a sound that combines metal's aggression with the concern for texture and a not-disagreeable intellectualism picked up from the more serious corners of the experimental-music scene. (They recently released a split with fellow Relapse signees Horseback, who were themselves recently the subject of a 12 O'Clock Track post on the Bleader.)

Relapse will begin by reissuing Locrian's newest vinyl-only album, The Clearing, as an expanded two-disc set entitled The Clearing/The Final Epoch. The band has plans to go into Electrical Audio with Greg Norman to record material for a new release.

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