Plenty of bands play music that sounds dark, but few can make every note bleed black and breathe smoke. Count Locrian as part of that select circle. Something about the Chicago trio’s sound is inherently ominous– it’s hard to imagine them playing “Chopsticks” without turning it into an earth-threatening thunderstorm. That effect is obvious in their noisier, more chaotic moments, where metallic noise and intense howls coalesce into scary crescendos. But it’s just as strong in their quieter, more ambient stretches, when they build tension not from heightened climax but from sustained nuance.

— Marc Masters, Pitchfork