First Watch: Locrian, 'Arc Of Extinction' On the brink of what scientists call the "sixth mass extinction," an experimental metal band matches a sublime track with kaleidoscopic images of glitches and decay.

All Songs TV

Locrian, 'Arc Of Extinction'

Locrian always wants to show us something new — or at least rearrange the context of what heavy means, or even what sound means. The trio, together for a decade and now based in Chicago and Baltimore, is at the height of its holistic metallic powers on Infinite Dissolution. It's a record that stretches between the lush prog-rock of Popol Vuh, the industrial noise of Coil and the epic black metal riffing of Darkthrone.

The sublime "Arc of Extinction" opens the album with chaotic droning doom and finds its way to the ecstasy of a triple-guitar attack. Raymond Salvatore Harmon, who made the 3-D video for Locrian's "At Night's End," provides kaleidoscopic visuals for the track that look like the world through Predator's eyes. He writes, "The video was made through compositing layers of glitched interactive 3-D objects with shot footage in the wild."

Infinite Dissolution is largely inspired by what scientists call the "sixth mass extinction," and the band writes that the video's environmental disruptions push the album's themes forward.

Here the use of optics is glitched and interwoven marring the natural scenes and generating hypnotic visions that decay and show us less of our world and more of our internal state which sits perfectly with the themes not only of the track "Arc of Extinction" but of the whole album Infinite Dissolution.

Infinite Dissolution is out now on Relapse.

[+] read more[-] less

More From All Songs TV

Andrew Bird Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

First Watch: Andrew Bird Is Bloodless

Andrew Bird sings, "it's an uncivil war bloodless for now / and the poets they explode like bombs." Watch Andrew Bird peer into our distracted culture precisely when it needs our attention.

JS Ondara's debut album Tales of America is out Feb. 1 on Verve Forecast. Josh Cheuse/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Josh Cheuse/Courtesy of the artist

The 'American Dream' Through The Kenyan Eyes Of J.S. Ondara

J.S. Ondara's "American Dream" video follows a delusional man on his journey to purchase a weapon.

Steve Hassett and Zoe Randell of Luluc Charlotte de Mezamat/Courtesy of the artistr hide caption

toggle caption Charlotte de Mezamat/Courtesy of the artistr

Luluc's 'Kids' Is An Ode To Restless Youth

The Australian duo's video and song, "Kids," is an anthem for teens trying to find their place in the world.

Rising Appalachia Chad Hess/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

toggle caption Chad Hess/Courtesy of the Artist

Rising Appalachia Write A 'Resilient' Anthem

The sister duo's song and dance-filled video is an uplifting and life-affirming ballad for challenging times.

Back To Top