That Surachai is exactly the sound I’ve been craving to find. So many good choices this month… Ruin Lust, Bone Sickness and Fell Voices also stick out… but Surachai gets the win. And to think I passed on/forgot about their previous release, To No Avail.
That APL/OLQ split is what got me hooked as well. Had that on repeat for days. Of all the CSR and Rhinocervs tapes that passed my way, this particular split stood out from the lot.
Nice selection for the month. I recently just crossed paths with cassette releases by Monarque, A Pregnant Light and Witch In Her Tomb… all stellar. REALLY into APL though. The Altar of Plagues track (and video) are also great. Always excited for their music. And the Windhand/Cough split is sure to kill, got that one coming in the mail.
Damn, that’s good.
Thanks for a couple years of good reads here at Stereogum. Probably (definitely) the only reason I directed myself here. Thanks for ending it all with a band you helped me get interested in, and quickly became one of my fav’s of the past couple years. I will bounce back to Pitchfork to get your take on what’s awesome, ’cause I seem to have pretty blind faith in what you offer up.
Are their faces seriously just going to be hanging in the tree like apples for the album cover? Weak.
This is all really quite terrible. I did enjoy Owen Pallett’s comments though. Too bad his song didn’t materialize like he imagined. Every artist on here is devoid of the power to rock… something that Is This It continues to do long after its release.
So they like music NOT of one variety. Yeah, great reason to pass. You should narrow your tastes down to one band specifically til the end of time. And you should mix that band’s discography into a sort of smoothie so you won’t have to enjoy such a complex breakfast.
I like what he says here and I get it. I wish more artists sort of thought along his lines.
That being said, can we drop it now? I really don’t even care about what anyone thinks about this guy and I can’t believe it’s blown up like this. I like Liturgy for their music. If you don’t, don’t listen to it. The freedom of choice is pretty amazing. I don’t like Finntroll and Blind Guardian. I don’t listen to them. I don’t whine about them. I don’t carry on about how their hair is stupid and how can you sing about fantasy all the time and all that. I just don’t give them my attention and they seem to be doing just fine. I recommend everyone who does not like Liturgy do the same. Not liking the man has nothing to do with the music he makes with his band.
AND, there’s no way he’s making American Black Metal look bad ’cause if you don’t listen to American Black Metal then chances are you don’t even know what it is. There is no name to be tarnished. Trying telling your friends that Hunter Hunt-Hendrix from Liturgy is ruining American Black Metal. Their expression will be a giant question mark.
The judgement passed on Liturgy due to the bands’ personal image and comments, etc is hilarious. Their music stands on its own, and isn’t that what matters most? If the music bends some rules and blurs some lines… good for it. If it works, it works, just let it be and enjoy. I’m enjoying.