Liturgy is a Brooklyn-based, self-styled "Transcendental Black Metal" band whose yearning, energetic music exists
in an uncanny space between avant rock, black metal, fine
art and shamanic ritual. Led by songwriter and conceptual
architect Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, who is joined by guitarist Bernard Gann, bassist Tyler Dusenbury and drummer
Greg Fox, the band exists as a 21st century total work of art (gesamtkunstwerk): activating divine potencies by means of
music and culture even as it underscores the contradictions
inherent in such a project during the internet era. Their third
full length, The Ark Work, is a quantum leap forward, a radical change in sound that paradoxically sounds more like
Liturgy than ever.
The album hums and churns with Hunt-Hendrix's inventive
arrangements - drenched with glockenspiels, bagpipes,
strings, ritual chanting, and MIDI horns. It supplements its
metal energy with motifs from unlikely, disparate genres;
cross-fertilizing hardstyle beats, occult-oriented rap, and the
glitched re-sampling of IDM with structures from Medieval
sacred music, Romantic classical music, and minimalism.
The result is a rich, seething cyber-fantasia that is improbably
listenable, conveying the disarming, authentic emotion that is
Liturgy's hallmark - a blend of startling invention, high caliber musicianship, raw energy, and profound, cosmic sadness.
The result is the first true sonic realization of Transcendental
Black Metal: a musically cohesive alchemical fusion, an
artistically reflexive work of theandery, and a mind-bending
album that is as original as it is beautiful.