"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 2006
From: Columbus, OH, United States
Last Known Status: Active


Progressive blackened death metal from Columbus, Ohio named after a female chemist from Ancient Rome regarded as the first documented serial killer. LOCUSTA released their debut full-length via Kentucky-based Pragmatic Records upon an unsuspecting underground earlier this year. The 10-track, self-titled offering was recorded/engineered by Brian Simakis at Capital City Studios, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering and features strikingly stark cover art by local artist Stefan Hoza.

Latest Locusta News

Below is our complete Locusta news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Locusta Kicking Off U.S. Tour

The Ohio grinding progressive death engineers from Locusta are packing up their weaponry for the "Primordial Death" summer tour.

Set to commence tomorrow (July 23rd) in Lexington, the tour will raze sixteen cities, coming full circle and drawing to a close on August 8th in Covington, Kentucky. The band will be joined by fellow Buckeye State death metallers, Faithxtractor, for a bulk of the journey as well an assortment of brutalizers throughout the tour including Mutant Supremacy, Noisem and Tombstalker.

Locusta will be touting material from a self-titled debut and the "Dendromorphosis" EP. Catch the band live on the upcoming dates listed below. More...

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Locusta Streaming "Contaminant Remains"

In celebration of the band's first tour in over two years, Ohio technical grinding death metal unit Locusta today spews forth a seething taste of forthcoming new full-length. Listen to "Contaminant Remains" over at GunShyAssassin.com here.

Locusta's as-yet-untitled long player is tentatively scheduled to drop later this year. "Contaminant Remains" will appear on the band's four-track "Dendromorphosis" EP, which also includes a smoldering rendering of Death's "See Through Dreams," and artwork by designer Lucas Ruggieri (BlackTusk, Kylesa, Ghoul, cough et al). "Dendromorphosis" will be available for purchase at all upcoming tour dates.

The band will be joined by drummer Alex Tomlin (Battlemaster, Arsis, Withered et al) on these dates: More...

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Locusta To Embark On New Tour Dates

After a two-year hiatus, the Ohio technical grinding death metal peddlers in Locusta will be embarking on a live takeover through the East Coast this Spring.

Slated to commence on May 13th in Raleigh, North Caroline, Locusta will rape faces through Columbia, Knoxville, Columbus, Washington DC, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Providence, Portland, Philadelphia, Harrisonburg and Richmond with additional incursions to be announced in the coming weeks. The band will be joined by drummer Alex Tomlin (Battlemaster, Arsis, Withered et al).

Locusta is currently putting the finishing touches on an as-yet-untitled full-length tentatively scheduled to drop later this year. Comments the band of the forthcoming live offensive:

"We're looking forward to hitting the road again after such an agonizingly long break from touring and to what we're anticipating will be some of the best shows we've ever played, both in respect to the caliber of the bands we're billed with and the fact that our live sets sound tighter than they ever have before. Our set lists will mostly contain songs from the new album, including the first track we've ever written that extends past the nine-minute mark, which is easily the darkest and most epic piece of music we've written so far. There is more grinding technicality than before, but the songs are also much more mature from a songwriting point of view than what you hear on our first album. We're excited to be sharing this time in the band with all of our new and old friends on the road, but...no survivors."

5/13/2014 The Maywood - Raleigh, NC w/ Warhead
5/14/2014 New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC w/ Marrow Of Earth, Axattack, Waft
5/17/2014 The Pilot Light - Knoxville, TN w/ Red Necklace, Vomit Breath
5/18/2014 The Carabar - Columbus, OH w/ Ulcerate, Inter Arma
5/20/2014 Smash Records - Washington, DC w/ Exar Kun, Gloom
5/21/2014 MDF Matinee @ Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD w/ Horrendous, Coffin Dust
5/28/2014 The Paper Box - Brooklyn, NY w/ Diocletian, Manticore, Goat Torment, Pissgrave
5/29/2014 The Black Box - Providence, RI w/ Crypter, Orsus, Deathstate
5/30/2014 Geno's Rock Club - Portland, ME w/ Sylvia, Livver, Notox (Ex Toxic Narcotic)
5/31/2014 The Millcreek Tavern - Philadelphia, PA w/ Coffin Dust, Dridge
6/01/2014 The Blue Nile - Harrisonburg, PA w/ Earthling, Evicera
6/03/2014 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ Eyehategod, Ringworm, Enabler, Gritter More...

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Locusta Announces U.S. Shows

Ohio's Locusta will kick off the band's first tour of 2011 this Sunday in Richmond, Virginia with Battlemaster and War Graves. The short but ravenous trek will massacre eight more cities before winding down in Columbus, Ohio at the Carabar.

Commented guitarist Dru Silver: “After a year of absence from touring, we’re happy to announce that this coming week we will be kicking off our first tour of 2011 on the East Coast of the United States. Speaking of said absence, our drummer just became the proud father of a newborn daughter — congrats Simon! — and will be unable to join us. However this has granted us the opportunity for a very special lineup that you will only get a chance to see, as Alex Tomlin from Battlemaster will be stepping in to offer his services of tearing up the skins for us. Don’t miss it!”

Dates are as follows:

7/31/2011 The Triple – Richmond, VA w/ Battlemaster, War Graves
8/02/2011 The Corpse Fortress – Silver Springs, MD w/ Ramming Speed, Barn Burner
8/03/2011 Cloud City – Philadelphia, PA w/ Nothing Is Over, Casket, Fungus
8/04/2011 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Headsnatcher, The Year Is One, So Hideous, My Love…
8/05/2011 Castlevania – Providence, RI w/ Ramming Speed, Nightbitch, David Carradine D/C/
8/06/2011 Starlab Fest – Boston, MA w/ Ramming Speed
8/07/2011 TBA – Portland, ME
8/09/2011 The White Rabbit – Rochester, NY w/ Warblade, Malformed, Ebony Sorrow
8/10/2011 TBA – Pittsburgh, PA
8/12/2011 The Carabar – Columbus, OH

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Woods of Ypres Drops Off Goregrowler's Ball

Due to contract obligations with their record label, Woods of Ypres is forced to cancel their appearance at this year's Goregrowler's Ball. The band will be writing and recording a new album instead and apologizes to their fans for this cancellation and promised to make it up.

Replacing Woods of Ypres on this Metalunderground.com-sponsored festival will be Dehumanized, who has not played a live show in nearly ten years.

Tickets for the fifth annual Goregrowler's Ball are on sale now. The event is set to take place in San Antonio, Texas on November 18-20, 2011.

The latest bands confirmed are as follows: More...

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Locusta Announces November Shows

Ohio progressive black/death metallers LOCUSTA, who expanded their fan base with a successful US summer tour alongside Tennessee black/doom Argentinum Astrum, will perform two local shows this November opening for the likes of Possessed, Marduk, Withered, and Toxic Holocaust (11/5/10) and D.R.I., Deadsea and Salvage (11/18). Further info below.

Upcoming LOCUSTA shows are as follows:

11/5/10 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH w/ Possessed, Marduk, Withered, Toxic Holocaust
11/18/10 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH w/ D.R.I,, Deadsea, Salvage

Guitarist Dru Silver comments, "A big thanks to anyone that came out to see us on the west coast. Anyone who had a hand in putting the shows together, gave us food or shelter, or helped us in any way, your support was invaluable. A special thanks to those who took a chance on our band even though they may have been unfamiliar with us. We hope to see all of you again soon.”

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Locusta Issues Road Report

Ohio progressive black/death metallers LOCUSTA, who regrettably had to skip the entire first week of their US tour with Tennessee black/doom bands Argentinum Astrum due to vehicular trouble, have issued the following update from the road:

Guitarist Dru Silver commented, "Unfortunately, due to van trouble we had to scrap the first week of our tour; we had the (dis)pleasure of breaking down in a dry county in Kentucky for three days, and with the added financial stress of automotive repairs it was next to impossible to go on as planned. Fortunately for us they were mostly regional dates, however we apologize to anyone that was planning on attending any of those shows on either band's behalf. We shall return...

"In other news, we've been immensely enjoying the natural wonders that the western frontier has to offer-- particularly Massacre Rocks/Craters of the moon in Idaho -- and have been getting along great with the folks in Argentinum... practically peas in a pod. The reception has been good so far, and we can't wait for what else this side of the country has to offer! Many thanks to those that have aided us in our journey so far." More...

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Locusta Updates Tour Schedule

Blackened death metal act Locusta has kicked off a summer U.S. tour, which also includes Argentinum Astrum, and will run through mid August. A promotional poster for the tour can be found here. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

7/13/2010 The Olde Chocolate Factory - Chicago, IL w/ Argentinum Astrum, SSGW
7/16/2010 The Cesspool Castle - Joplin, MO w/ Sick Addiction, Slayground, The Toilet Bombers
7/17/2010 Curtin St. Tavern - Denver, CO w/ Swells, Dendera, I Apparatus
7/18/2010 Lake Recording Service - Salt Lake City, UT w/ Altar Of Plagues, Mania, Sub-Rosa
7/20/2010 The Red Room - Boise, ID w/ Argentinum Astrum, TBA
7/21/2010 Arms Irish Pub - Seattle, WA w/ Argentinum Astrum, Streetwalker
7/22/2010 A House at 10128 N.E. Pacific St. - Portland, OR w/ Argentinum Astrum
7/24/2010 Burnt Ramen - Oakland, CA w/ Argentinum Astrum, TBA
7/25/2010 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA w/ Argentinum Astrum, Nihlotep, Pale Chalice
7/28/2010 Taala Hooghan Infoshop - Flagstaff, AZ W/ Argentinum Astrum
7/29/2010 The Trainyard - Las Cruces, NM w/ Argentinum Astrum
7/31/2010 Chopshop - Dallas, TX w/ Argentinum Astrum, Dei Aemeth, Tba
8/01/2010 The Ten Elevem - San Antonio, TX w/ Argentinum Astrum, Hod(Ibex Moon), Tba
8/02/2010 The White Swan - Houston, TX w/ Anal Punishment, Nibiru, Paranoidfreakout
8/03/2010 House Somewhere - Baton Rouge, LA w/ Argentinum Astrum, Barghest
8/04/2010 The Farside Collective - Tallahassee, FL w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/05/2010 The Pony Pen - Savannah, GA w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/06/2010 Playground - Atlanta, GA w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/07/2010 The Pilot Light - Knoxville, TN w/ Argentinum Astrum

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