Saturday, March 20, 2010
In comparison to “Rain Of Ashes”, Locrian’s new record “Territories” seems to be a bit more epic and diverse album. At its core, its still explores the post-industrial/post-apocalyptic motive – a soundtrack to the game of survival in a nearly destroyed landscape, if you will.
Where disc is different from “Rain” is in the amount of genres/moods that the band explores – there’s more familiar noise/drone/ambient elements, but also elements black metal. That’s right – black metal, complete with insane drumming and screams (courtesy of guests from bands like Nachtmystium).
The only real disappointment, to my ears, comes in the form of a title track – Skullflower-esque “Inverted Ruins” which featured Mark Solotroff (Bloodyminded) on vocals. There’s a painful squealing/feedback that overtakes the track and is rather off-putting. The same effect can be heard in the beginning of “Ring Road”, but thankfully it disappears as the track progresses.
Other than that – this record is solid, and it further demonstrates the band’s continuing refinement of their own approach to black metal/ambient/drone music. Whether its a combination of Megaptera (remember them?) like eeriness and black metal insanity on “Ancestral Brutalism” or minimal/ambient undertow of “Between Barrows”, it all seems to come together rather well.
Friday, March 19, 2010
SPECIAL EARLY SHOW
The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Door: 6:30 PM
Show: 7:00 PM
$3.00 in advance / $5.00 at the door
(Corleone/Aum War recording artists, Providence, RI)
(Aum War recording artists, Providence, RI)
Anatomy of Habit played "Overcome" and "After The Water" and we had an extended transition between the two songs, which worked quite nicely. Aside from the fact that I had lost my voice last weekend, which limited what I could do with it last night, things could not have gone much better. Someone who saw us for the first time made my night when she said that we reminded her a bit of Calla. Nice! I also joined Locrian on vocals for their first song, "Inverted Ruins," which is one of the songs on their new LP that I appear on. With their two smoke machines blasting away, I was able to live out my best/worst Eldritch/McCoy fantasies... Ha!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
On a tangential note, check out this new interview, also in the Reader, with musician/producer Sanford Parker. Based upon ongoing discussions, it looks like he will be helping BLOODYMINDED wrap up "Within The Walls" fairly soon...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Anatomy of Habit head north to the Abbey Pub to join blackened-droners Locrian in celebration of that group's new LP, "Territories." Harpoon bring their trademark ferocity to the line-up and Sun Splitter start off the night with a dose of darkly encrusted doom. AoH's Mark Solotroff will join Locrian onstage for a rendition of "Inverted Ruins" from their new album.
Thursday March 18, 2010
The Abbey Pub
3420 West Grace Street
Chicago, IL 60618-4215
Doors: 8:00 PM / Show: 8:30 PM
$8.00 in advance / $10.00 at door
(Record release show for "Territories" LP, a co-release by At War With False Noise, Basses Frequences, BloodLust!, and Small Doses)
Anatomy of Habit
- B!151 Neil Jendon "Cities In Flight" CD - test copies approved and CDs are in production
- B!133 Mark Solotroff "Archive03" CD - test copies in transit
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Anatomy of Habit had an extra practice today and I am a bit burned out and voiceless, so unfortunately, I think that I am going to skip Indian, A Storm of Light, and three other bands that I am far less interested in... I really wanted to see A Storm of Light, as their recent album was a favorite of mine in 2009 - and I still have not seen Indian live with Will from WITTR on guitar.
Good friends and good food won over on Friday night, so I sadly missed Kreator, Voivod, Nachtmystium, etc. A preview of the BloodLust! record store day release was also a part of the night's festivities... All that I can say is prepare yourselves for something really extraordinary...
2010 release from this Chicago duo, this time roping in the best of the Chicago noise/metal crowd. This record has it all - harsh drones, black metal ambience, power electronics-like synth whines, doom drums, throat-shredding vocals. Features guest turns from MARK SOLOTROFF (BLOODYMINDED, ANATOMY OF HABIT), BRUCE LAMONT (YAKUZA), ANDREW SCHERER (VELNIAS) and BLAKE JUDD (NACHMYSTIUM). Pick this up and prepare yourself - this is an intense listen. H I G H L Y R E C O M M E N D E D ! ! !