I already reviewed â€śThe Clearingâ€ť way back when it was released on vinyl. Â If you want to learn more about that one then check out that review.Â What I want to talk about in this review is the second part of this two CD epic called â€śThe Final Epoch.â€ťÂ By the way, if youâ€™re like me and you already picked up â€śThe Clearingâ€ť before, itâ€™s totally worth it to snag this set just for â€śThe Final Epochâ€ť alone.
This five track collection puts together one of their droniest releases yet.Â The best way to talk about it is post-apocalyptic.Â Each track has smooth minimalistic reverbs and resonances that seem to emulate a different effect that might follow a final nuclear blast to end everything.Â Only the cockroaches would be left to hear the din and buzzes of the aftermath. Â However, Locrian gives us homo sapiens the chance to hear what the peaceful death and decay of the earthâ€™s â€śfinal epochâ€ť might sound like.Â Some of the track titles even make you think along these lines.Â Examples include: â€śOmega Vapors,â€ť â€śFalling Towers,â€ť and â€śAfter the Torchlight.â€ťÂ This is a bit more post-rock overall in its approach and a little less avant-metal than their previous releases, in my opinion.Â I mostly say that because it doesnâ€™t have as much of an edge, which makes sense since this is more of a calm-after-the-storm approach.
Now, I want to reassure all of you who are like how I was.Â With the title â€śThe Final Epoch,â€ť I was afraid that this was their final release.Â However, one of the members of the band consoled me that more releases were planned.Â Phew!Â Locrian is one of those sure-to-be legends that demand to have a long catalog of releases.
â€śThe Clearing & The Final Epochâ€ť come housed in a beautiful gatefold double LP style CD wallet.Â Allover art continues the theme of what we saw on â€śThe Clearing.â€ťÂ A must-have for any fan.