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Noisy rockers finish their Lord of the Rings.


When Old Time Relijun frontman Arrington de Dionyso talks about his band’s new album, Catharsis in Crisis, you wouldn’t be remiss if you thought he was putting you on. After all, he says the new CD -- which comes out today -- wraps up a trilogy about “transcendent experiences, with science-fiction elements.” But Old Time Relijun members aren’t Uranus-obsessed prog-rockers; they’re post-rock noise merchants who owe quite a debt to avant-garde experimentalists like Captain Beefheart. “That’s how we do our thing,” says de Dionyso. “It’s just a different approach to the trilogy. There’s still a unified focus.”

Catharsis in Crisis is the third and final chapter of Old Time Relijun’s “Lost Light Trilogy,” which includes 2004’s Lost Light and 2005’s 2012. “We knew this had to be the culmination, and to some extent, the resolution,” says de Dionyso. “It asks a big question at the end that’s never answered.” Yet the songs are a bit more structured this time. Still, no one will confuse Old Time Relijun for, say, Bon Jovi. “We’re all about making the most out of two notes,” says de Dionyso. Now that he’s completed the trilogy, de Dionyso says he’s not sure what’s next for the band. “We spent all this time doing the same concept,” he says. “We’ve taken this line of musical thinking as far as it can go. I can’t guess where we’ll go now.”
Tue., Oct. 9, 9:30 p.m., 2007

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