Saturday, March 20, 2010

Poster For April 20, 2010 Show

Poster For April 20, 2010 Show

I Heart Noise on Locrian "Territories"

There is something just a little ironic about a zine called I Heart Noise being bothered by a bit of feedback... Not bad, overall though:

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.

Mark Solotroff with Locrian

Photographs by Elizabeth Floersch:

Mark Solotroff with Locrian - The Abbey Pub - March 18, 2010

Mark Solotroff with Locrian - The Abbey Pub - March 18, 2010

Mark Solotroff with Locrian - The Abbey Pub - March 18, 2010

Mark Solotroff with Locrian - The Abbey Pub - March 18, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Advance Notice - 4/20

Tuesday April 20, 2010

SPECIAL EARLY SHOW

The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622
773.276.3300
http://www.emptybottle.com/

Door: 6:30 PM
Show: 7:00 PM
$3.00 in advance / $5.00 at the door
21+

BloodLust! Presents

The Body
(Corleone/Aum War recording artists, Providence, RI)
http://www.myspace.com/thevisionshallcometopass
http://www.corleonerecords.com/banddetail.asp?bandid=16

Dead Times
(Aum War recording artists, Providence, RI)
http://www.myspace.com/thislifehasfailedus

Sun Splitter
http://www.myspace.com/sunsplitter
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sun-Splitter/108111681500
http://www.last.fm/music/sun+splitter

After The Snakes

Thanks to everyone who came out last night to support Locrian's LP release show! It was nice to see so many friends there. I had a great time and I was really pleased with how things turned out. I thought that we did pretty well at what was a new spot for all of us, and a larger one, at that. The mix of styles between the four bands worked perfectly for me and I thought that everyone sounded really good in that rather cavernous room. Thanks to Steve at the Abbey Pub for the great sound work and a big thanks to Sean for booking the show. Trivia tidbit: this was the same booking person who put a few of the Whitehouse/Intrinsic Action tour dates together in 1993... Thanks to everyone in Locrian (including Mr. Steven Hess, on drums), Harpoon, and Sun Splitter, for being a part of the event - and for all of the hard work that went into promoting it.

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

New B! Discogs Listings

B!151 Neil Jendon "Cities In Flight" CD
B!133 Mark Solotroff "Archive03" CD

Plague Bringer Reader Gossip

The Chicago Reader's new Gossip Wolf column just broke the news about the Plague Bringer release on BloodLust! for Record Store Day, but unfortunately they got the format wrong. This will be a limited edition CD-single box set with extra goodies inside... A 7-inch has indeed been discussed and it should appear later in the year...

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

Tomorrow Night (3/18)

Poster for March 18, 2010 Show

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.

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Thursday March 18, 2010

The Abbey Pub
3420 West Grace Street
Chicago, IL 60618-4215
773.478.4408
http://www.abbeypub.com/

Doors: 8:00 PM / Show: 8:30 PM
$8.00 in advance / $10.00 at door
21+

Locrian
(Record release show for "Territories" LP, a co-release by At War With False Noise, Basses Frequences, BloodLust!, and Small Doses)
http://www.myspace.com/thelocrian

Harpoon
http://www.myspace.com/harpoonrockin4u

Anatomy of Habit
http://www.myspace.com/anatomyofhabit
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anatomy-of-Habit/65210152926

Sun Splitter
http://www.myspace.com/sunsplitter

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Event links
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/ygr88p9
Last.fm: http://tinyurl.com/ygdkod7
MySpace: http://tinyurl.com/ydeav8h

Buyer's Market - New eBay

Another - far more reasonably priced - copy of Buyer's Market is currently on eBay

Status - 3/17

- I did a huge Post Office run yesterday. All orders (B!, Discogs, eBay) paid for by mid-day yesterday are in the mail

- 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

Last Night...

Harvey Milk were fucking intense! Having never seen them live, expectations were high... and they delivered. Coalesce was never really my thing, but they were solid. And The Atlas Moth were massive sounding... a finely-honed machine from having been out on tour. A great night!

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...

Reckless Records on Locrian "Territories

"Territories" is available at all three Chicago Reckless Records locations, or via their website: http://www.reckless.com/

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 ! ! !