Every year, The A.V. Club invites our regular music writers and staff to pick their favorite albums of the past 12 months.
LOCRIAN comes in at Number 15 here:
Until Return To Annihilation, Locrian had been content to make obscure music on obscure records for obscure labels. But the fog-drenched oscillations of earlier releases have been sculpted into something new on the group’s latest full-length. With sharpness, lucidity, and a lust for sullen melody, Return is a red-eyed glimpse beyond the veil of logic and permanence. In its place is manicured chaos; everything from the lushness of vintage prog to the knottiness of avant-folk to the cadence of droning noise all mesh to form a ritualistic hum. If Return To Annihilation heralds the end times, at least it does so with the first pained pulse of rebirth. [JH]