Upon discovering André Foisy’s double life as both a member of the experimental noise metal band Locrian and as a yoga instructor who encourages his students to find inner peace and tranquility through heavy metal, I was inspired to listen to his band’s new album, Infinite Dissolution, through a unique process: meditation. A nontraditional research method, certainly, but considering 2013’s Return to Annihilation, it seemed fitting for an immense and textured album worthy of heavy contemplation.
Looking into the photo of sculptor David Altmejd’s The Eye on Infinite Dissolution’s cover is like peering into the world of the album: as mesmerizing as it is disorientating. Inspired in their songwriting by author Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction, Locrian invites the listener not only to imagine a world in which humans have become extinct, but to explore every inch of it. A wide array of sonic fragments are scattered throughout that soundscape, some with their shattered hearts still pounding, and some laboriously taking their final breaths. On “KXL I”, a powerfully startling drumbeat runs through rural ambience. A clear guitar reverberates off of bit-crushed synth saws and diminishing percussion, all of which eventually disintegrates into just barely melodic static and noise.
Meditating on Infinite Dissolution not only served to identify the fragments presented, but also to find my place within them. Entering into this sort of frightful, new, and lonely terrain, there arises this small sense of comfort that though you journey through the pieces left hanging by humankind, it’s not your purpose to put them all back together again. In fact, there is great solace in exploring this new home, with every journey a new discovery and a new peace to be found.
Essential Tracks: “Dark Shales”, “The Great Dying”, and “KXL III”