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Indian, Bloodiest, Locrian Recommended Free Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Mon., Jan. 19, 9:30 p.m. 2009

Local doom-drone duo Locrian recently released Rhetoric of Surfaces (Bloodlust!), their first proper CD after a string of cassettes and CD-Rs, and Greyfield Shrines (Diophantine Discs), their first vinyl LP, and both sound like the music you’d expect to hear piped into a museum of the exorcism arts. Looming monoliths of distorted synthesizer erode in slow motion while a brittle, hazy guitar line wavers slowly back and forth like a rusty weathervane creaking in the wind. And then: the voices. Disembodied howls rising from the devil’s asshole. Greyfield Shrines is a single long-form composition—how long depends on you, since there’s a locked groove at the end of side one—and its beautiful, eerie tones are matched by its beautiful, eerie packaging. It’s pressed on tornado gray vinyl in an edition of 300 and the cover is a silver-on-black negative image of an abandoned shopping mall. On Rhetoric of Surfaces the title of the closing track, “Amps Into Instruments,” serves as both statement of purpose and pithy thumbnail of the band’s music—the better-known half of Locrian, multi-­instrumentalist Terence Hannum, just pitched Continuum a proposal for a book about Earth 2. Indian headlines; Bloodiest and Locrian open. —J. Niimi

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