LOCRIAN Premieres “Dark Shales” Via Cvlt Nation; Infinite Dissolution LP Out Through Relapse Next Week + West Coast Tour With Insect Ark Expands

[photo by Jimmy Hubbard]

Now just a week from official release is the colossal Infinite Dissolution LP from black metal/industrial alchemists, LOCRIAN, and Cvlt Nation has premiered the record’s second bruising movement with a stream of “Dark Shales.”

As the band hits its tenth anniversary this year, Infinite Dissolution marks the newest in the nearly two-dozen recordings LOCRIAN has released since their inception, and delivers the trio’s most conceptual and environmentalist visions to date. Produced by Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles) at Steve Albini-owned/operated Electrical Audio in Chicago, mastered by Brad Boatright (Yob, Author & Punisher, Sleep) at Audiosiege in Portland, and bearing artwork based on an immense physical sculpture installation by David Altmejd, the band’s second album for Relapse Records brings to light some of the most detrimental tribulations mankind has visited upon our planet, unleashing nearly fifty minutes of tortured yet stunning experimental blackened/noise-soaked industrial originality.

The latest pre-release single from LOCRIAN’s Infinite Dissolution comes crushing into the public domain today via Cvlt Nation, with an exclusive premiere of “Dark Shales” playing at THIS LOCATION.

Following several Midwest shows coming up this weekend in Detroit and Chicago, LOCRIAN‘s upcoming West Coast Tour with Insect Ark has taken full form. Running from August 13th through the 21st the tour will smolder Portland, Bellingham, Seattle, Boise, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento. Additional tenth anniversary performances will follow in the coming months, and in early 2016 the band plans on taking the hymns from Infinite Dissolution to European audiences.

LOCRIAN Tour Dates:
7/17/2015 Small’s Bar – Detroit, MI w/ Beset By Creatures From The Deep [info]
7/18/2015 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Liturgy, Yvette, Trevor de Brauw [info]
8/13/2015 High Water Mark – Portland, OR w/ Insect Ark
8/14/2015 The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA w/ Insect Ark [info]
8/15/2015 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Insect Ark [info]
8/16/2015 Crazy Horse – Boise, ID w/ Insect Ark
8/17/2015 Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Insect Ark [info]
8/19/2015 Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Insect Ark [info]
8/20/2015 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA w/ Insect Ark [info]
8/21/2015 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA w/ Insect Ark [info]

In addition to the “Dark Shales” premiere at Cvlt Nation, “Heavy Water” is playing at Noisey HERE, “Arc Of Extinction” at Steel For Brains HERE, and the three-part “An Index Of Air” at Soundcloud HERE and YouTube HERE.

Fans of Liturgy, Ulver, SUNN O))), Deafheaven, The Haxan Cloak, Wolves in the Throne Room, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Horseback, Zombi and similar genre-bending acts should keep the harrowing blend of dark ambiance, drone, black metal, post-rock, and power electronics on Infinite Dissolution at the top of their list as Relapse issues the album next Friday, July 24th. Preorders for the CD and vinyl versions of the album including merch bundles are available HERE, and digital preorders via BandCamp HERE and iTunes HERE.

“With Infinite Dissolution, it seems that Locrian has turned the ‘shit,’ or rather their frustrations and anxieties about the world, into gold. The record’s moods and textures are unequivocally varied, its nine songs carefully paced and arranged for maximum effect. One minute’s unrelenting harshness is the sonic equivalent of having your face scraped across concrete. In the next, the wounds are melted away in atmospheric bliss. Through it all, layers upon layers of sound and field recordings make for even more heightened dimension.” – Noisey

“…the experimental sound alchemy of Locrian is at times some of the band’s most confrontational work to date. Despite this, the album’s volatility is derived from the same sort of disquiet the band has threaded throughout their ten-year existence. Themes of dissolution, decay, and entropy set against a background equally measured in the duality of abrasive machinery and ethereal atmospherics.” – Steel For Brains

“Post rock, shoegazey drones and dark ambient soundscapes return from their previous works, but the guitar performances across this album are somehow at the same time more rhythmic and accessible than on previous releases, yet more experimental. Warm moog synth creates a far more organic noise than many of their contemporaries, and droning feedback produces a base that surprisingly accessible guitar riffs dance over, further punctuated by a more prominent, focused vocal performance than ever before…” – Cvlt Nation