Locrian – Rain of Ashes (Basses Frequences) 2009

I get a lot of people contacting me through this site asking me to review their records. The emails always go a little something like – I notice you like Band x – you might like us etc. And this might seem a bit lame but 9 times out of 10 I really do enjoy the record they’re spruiking. Without this site I might never have hear four of my favourite artists this year – Golden Sores, Chord, TODD and Derek Rogers. Now I can add Locrian to that list because this record is simply fantastic. Take the vibe of Black Metal, mix in some drone and post-metal and you might have something close to what this sounds like. The record itself has two tracks, the first, Rain of Ashes is a mournful, bleak piece which might be the best thing to listen to when you read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. It’s almost like a cross between Black Boned Angel and Pelican. There are muscial themes at play rather than simply noise and dark ambience (not that there is anything wrong with that). The guitar which at first seems blissful becomes sadder and more claustrophobic as the track progresses. The second track is Sehsa Fo Niar which is oddly enough the entire first track played backwards and it is just as bleak only the creep factor pumps up to 11.

This was originally released on Fan Death as a c60 cassette. It’s still for sale for about $4.00 from the Fan Death site. This CD has been released by the French label Basses Frequences and the artwork and sound quality are excellent. It might be worth your while checking out their site because besides picking up Rain of Ashes, their web shop is amazing.

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