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Chicagoan experimental trio Locrian with eerie film for “A Visitation From The Wrath Of Heaven”

Locrian A Visitation From The Wrath Of Heaven video screen cap

The experimental/drone/black metal group Locrian, hailing from Chicago, Illinois, are a truly fine listening experience. Their album Return To Annihilation made my Top Albums of 2013 list - being a near-masterpiece of experimental, gloomy, drone – and most recently, the band have released a music video for the song “A Visitation From the Wrath of Heaven,” which was one of my favourite pieces on the release.

The song itself is mostly a hypnotic, drifting, eerie work, with repetitive drumming and tinkling keyboard and guitar sounds – then at about seven minutes in it changes to something noisy and heavy, with the guitars kicking in full time, and the drumming changing to something blasting and relentless.

The video…I have no fucking clue what’s going on here, but I’ll try my best. There’s a guy who looks upset at something, and a woman lying on a mattress. But it seems that it is actually a videotape of them, and the guy is watching it later. There also seems to be a shot of them arguing maybe in the street, and then she backs up into the street with a car coming in. At that point, just before she’s hit, is when the song changes and the video changes as well. Another man walks into focus, and then is seen sitting in the same room the woman was in earlier, perhaps some kind of crime or death? At the same time, this is interspersed with the screenshot you see above, the woman looking utterly demonic and undead. That shot legitimately scared me, it is that creepy, especially since the whole video has a really weird ghostly tone to it.

The video is long, but worth watching for those who like strange surrealism.

Locrian are currently booked to play Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands in April, but otherwise things are quiet in future touring news.

Kevin writer banner Jan 2014