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In the past we've debated how 'metal' the noise and drone of Locrian really is; it's a discussion that will likely continue (probably even in the comments here). For me, tracks like "Augury In An Evaporating Tower"--off the upcoming expanded reissue of The Clearing and The Final Epoch--remind me of the scenes in horror films where a killer drags a helpless woman down a dark hallway as she claws at the carpet, shrieking for help--eerie and plenty unsettling, whether it's metal or not.

Slow and quiet enough to be torturous, yet always moving towards a creeping drone metal unknown, the newly added 2nd disc, The Final Epoch, suggestively links the album to the end of time. I can safely assume that if the hellish drones of Locrian were the last sounds I heard as Earth came crashing down around me, I would certainly be frightened.

To enter to win a copy of "The Clearing & The Final Epoch" (to be released on Relapse Records Tuesday, August 14th), tell us in the comments below what song or album most reminds you of the always-impending apocalypse. This contest will close at midnight on Thursday, August 16th. You must have a mailing address in US or Canada to enter.

— Kelly Kettering

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