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Horseback and Locrian
New Dominions
November 2012
Released: 2012, Relapse Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

New Dominions represents a brief collaborative endeavour by two highly influential acts in the the Blackend/Doom drone scene, Horseback and Locrian. By combining their skills into this brief yet alluring package they offer the listener a voyage into the realms of Dark Psychedelia.



‘The Gift’ unfolds with a dark atmospheric tonality with ambient texturing and muffled noises underlying throughout. shrieking vocals wade their way in with a sublime effect as a bell can be heard ringing in the distance, as the drumming reverberates with light shards of guitar effect glittering the way.



The longest piece found here, ‘Our Epitaph’ follows with a sturdy bass line and echoing clean vocals that run alongside the intro that come with a morbid essence to an all consuming aura that pulls you into a mesmerizing picture of ambience. The psychedelic dynamics of the band fall into place with the guitars woven neatly into the mid section All this helps carve a meandering void of darkness that is shrouded with layers and good instrumentation from each members.



The fuzzy guitar riff of ‘Oblivion Eaters‘, comes with slow paced growling and divulges a more cathartic edge than the previous two tracks.

Meanwhile, ‘In The Absence of Light’ has brooding guitars that are tainted with a lighter sense of melody woven in with clean vocals littered throughout.

 

Closing off with, ‘The Gift Remix’ (James Plotkin), which serves as a re-work of the EP’s opening track. Many of earlier qualities are shared here with occasional crashing sound effects that add to the grandeur of the track, along with tribal drumming thrown in for good measure.



Final thoughts, there are many avenues that are worth exploring on this record worthy of dissecting. Definitely not the most accessible piece of music you’re likely to hear, but if you want to delve into what the world of Dark Psychedlia is all about then this is a great place to start. Fully loaded with great musicianship and atmospheric art, you are sure to find something worth grabbing onto and losing yourself in.



Review by Ben Spencer
Track Listing

1. The Gift
2. Our Epitaph
3. Oblivion Eaters
4. In the Absence of Light
5. The Gift Remix (James Plotkin)

Lineup

Horseback:
Jenks Miller: vocal, electric guitar, piano, bass, lap steel, ebow, keyboard, synthesizer, tanpura, shruti box, drums, percussion, processing, fuzz fx.
(Horseback also features various other musicians).

Locrian;
André Foisy,
Terence Hannum,
Steven Hess

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Horseback and Locrian
New Dominions
November 2012
Released: 2012, Relapse Records
Rating: 1.5/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

I’m not a fan of collaborations but I have to say it does work with these two bands Horseback & Locrian. The start of the album is slow and errie with weird sounds which seem like something out of a horror movie soundtrack. The bands joined forces as their sounds are of underground blackened-doom-drone with an element of darkened psychedelia.



This release was only available as a limited vinyl, but has now been remastered by James Plotkin and expanded to include 3 more tracks.



Given the genre and uniqueness of these bands I thought I would enjoy this album a lot more but I have to admit I found it quite boring. The tracks are long…most over 6minutes long and I was waiting for them to take me on an interesting journey when I realised the song was coming to an end and I felt disappointed.



I feel there is so much potential here, but the album just let me down and didn’t captivate me at all.



I think there are much better examples of this kind of dark and mysterious genre out there but I spose I would recommend to fans of Earth, Neurosis, Sunn0))), Godspeed You Black Emperor, Wolves In The Throne Room etc as you may appreciate it, if listened to in the dark with headphones on, but this was not an album for me and I was left unimpressed.



Review by Jo Blackened
Track Listing

1. The Gift
2. Our Epitaph
3. Oblivion Eaters
4. In the Absence of Light
5. The Gift - Remix by James Plotkin

Lineup

Locrian: André Foisy, Terence Hannum, Steven Hess

Horseback: Jenks Miller, and sometimes includes John Crouch, Nick Petersen, Rich James and others.

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