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Album Review: Locrian – Return To Annihilation


“Eternity in the midst of profound dusk, projected endlessly through this void

As a veil, as an aura, as an apparition, to awaken the world from its dream of itself”


Release Date: June 25 2013 on Relapse Records

Tracks:  7

Length: 48 minutes

Genre: Post rock/Industrial/Black/Ambient

Previous releases: Debut full-length ‘Drenched Lands’ 2009, ‘Territories’ 2010, ‘The Crystal World’ 2010, ‘The Clearing & The Final Epoch’ 2012, ‘New Dominion’ 2012

Recommended for fans of:  Ambient, post rock, drone, industrial, experimental, atmospheric black metal

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Johnny Wore Black – New Single: Noise

Ever since I heard the first single from Johnny Wore Black, I have been trying to keep track of their progress.  That first single was called All The Rage and featured a guest appearance from Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson on bass.  How cool is that?  The second single, Up In Flames, was featured here on A Metal State of Mind which you can check out here.

Recently, Johnny Wore Black released a third single, Noise.  Again, the third single follows the overall theme of the other two songs…cool and dark and a little like Porcupine Tree.  I like the melody and moodiness of the song. In short, I look forward to a full album.  So far, all three songs have been quality material.  See Noise below and judge for yourself.

I Feel Suddenly Compelled to Buy a Scion…

I have to say that this is one hell of an interesting marketing move, but whatever it is, it’s a win in my book.  Car company Toyota and their Scion brand have taken in interest in promoting indie bands and some rather extreme metal bands.  The indie bands I haven’t listened to, not really my cup of tea, but I can vouch that the metal they are promoting is some rather quality stuff, and did I mention extreme.  Some months ago Scion gave away free downloads of an E.P. from prog metal band Enslaved, and when I went to go listen to it I was expecting a handful of crappy B-sides, but lo and behold it turned out to be a real high quality release and a great listen.  Now their latest batch of free metal E.P.’s come from Wormrot, an old-school grindcore band from Singapore, and Immolation, a death metal band from New York.

Apparently Scion pays for the recording and lets the artists keep the rights to their music, a very nice gesture in my book.  They are also doing promotions for concerts and have started up a couple of webzines.  I guess they’re trying to reach an alternative market, and I hope it works out great for them.  When I get around to buying a car, I think I might take a Scion for a test drive.  Click on the pictures to go download a free copy for yourself.  Enjoy the free metal!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!