JG Ballard

Experimental-noise masters Locrian explore new territory on Relapse debut

In the world of "extreme" music, it's often easy to file a band away into a neat little genre, with fans coining countless divisions to classify every band's sound. Locrian, a band whose members are split between Baltimore and Chicago, are harder to pin down: an experimental trio who combine elements of noise music, ambient black metal, and more. The band's latest album, Return to Annihilation-their first on metal mega-label Relapse-is the culmination of years of musical evolution. Locrian began in Chicago in 2005 as an impromptu collaboration between vocalist and synth player Terence Hannum and accomplished guitarist André Foisy, whose tech-metal band was...