Just In

Viking's Choice: Locrian Summons The 'Wrath Of Heaven'

Locrian. i

Locrian. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist


Courtesy of the artist

If the wrath of heaven sounds anything like Locrian, then archangel Michael has been digging into the prog-rock bin lately. The loosely Chicago-based trio has always had grand ambition, dissolving and rebuilding the darker sounds of ambient, noise and metal on its own and in several collaborations (Mammifer, Christoph Heeman and Horseback among them). Return to Annihilation continues in that vein, but is far more rhythmic, hypnotic and Popol Vuh-lic. And, like that German kraut-rock band, "A Visitation From the Wrath of Heaven" could easily score a Werner Herzog film.

Listen: Locrian, 'A Visitation From The Wrath Of Heaven'

More than previous efforts, this record works best as a whole, but "Wrath of Heaven" is a fine place to start. The track slowly layers a pulsing synth, E-bowed guitar, multichannel panning and a repetitive kick drum before the bombastic final minute. It's sandwiched between the screamed, over-the-top synth-razed opener "Eternal Return" and the depressingly moody "Two Moons," just to give you an idea of Annihilation's narrative scope. Somewhere, the archangels are preparing for battle.

Return to Annihilation comes out June 25 on Relapse Records.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from