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Liturgy – “Quetzalcoatl” Video

Brooklyn metal boundary-crushers Liturgy released their epic and decidedly experimental album The Ark Work last month, and today, they’ve unveiled their video for the early single “Quetzalcoatl.” The Japanese art entity Aujik directed the video, setting the song to a CGI tableau that seems to depict some sort of dimensional portal opening up in the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 1, 2015 - 4:33 pm

Stream Liturgy The Ark Work

The Brooklyn band Liturgy made their name as black-metal experimentalists, starting fights in the metal underground by using the music to strive for bright transcendence rather than dark hate-wallow muck. But other than a few aesthetic touches, the band’s new album The Ark Work, their third, leaves behind metal, black and otherwise, almost entirely. Instead,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 16, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Liturgy – “Reign Array”

Brooklyn’s Liturgy have a rep for being black metal experimenters, but their forthcoming album The Ark Work isn’t really a metal album at all. Instead, it’s dense and textured experimental music that sometimes pulls an idea or two from the metal underground. Take, for example, the 11-minute “Reign Array,” which follows “Quetzalcoatl” as the second… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2015 - 12:53 pm

Liturgy – “Quetzalcoatl”

I’ve listened to Liturgy’s upcoming third album, The Ark Work, like half a dozen times, and I’m still not sure what to make of it. It’s not “black metal” in almost any capacity, although I think you could probably put together a pretty compelling thinkpiece about it being some sort of arch deconstruction of black… More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 20, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Watch Liturgy On The Blacklist With Peter Fonda On Drums

I’ve never watched The Blacklist, the NBC procedural in which James Spader plays a master criminal who helps catch other master criminals, but apparently I’m missing some inspired lunacy. Case in point: Last night’s episode featured a brief but loud guest appearance from black metal experimenters Liturgy. And instead of Greg Fox on drums, the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Survival – “Tragedy Of The Mind” Video

Sometimes a good music video does just one thing really, really well. That’s the case with the Eric Wren-directed video for Survival’s “Tragedy Of The Mind.” Survival are the new and old band of Liturgy frontman Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, and it’s hard not to get excited for their debut album with every new song we’ve heard. More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 30, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Survival – “Since Sun” (Stereogum Premiere)

Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, the excellently named mastermind of the fight-starting New York art-metal band Liturgy, is about to release the self-titled debut from his side-project Survival. Survival isn’t exactly a new band; it’s a reactivation of Hunt-Hendrix’s pre-Liturgy post-hardcore band Birthday Boyz. We’ve already posted their intense, circular, seesawing “Tragedy Of The Mind,” but “Since Sun,”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 12, 2013 - 9:19 am

Survival – “Tragedy Of The Mind”

Survival is the reincarnation of Liturgy’s Hunter Hunt-Hendrix screamo band Birthday Boyz. For those who are expecting the same kind of punishing, emotive sounds you got from BBZ, that’s not what you’ll get from this new track “Tragedy Of The Mind.” It’s droning, math rock-influenced hypnosis, teetering somewhere in classic rock territory but still with… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / March 25, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Watch Liturgy Cover Shellac

You’d probably assume that any black metal band — transcendental or otherwise — covering Shellac might, at some point in the song, employ, say, a guitar. And/or some sort of rhythm section. Not Liturgy. Stripped down to main man/manifesto-penning provocateur Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Liturgy’s take on Shellac’s “Prayer To God” (part of the AV Club’s UndercoverMore »

By: Michael Nelson / August 28, 2012 - 1:53 pm

Pitchfork Festival 2012: Grimes, Danny Brown, Sleigh Bells & More

At ginormous festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, it’s pretty tough to craft a narrative — when there’s something like 200 bands playing over a weekend, it’s next to impossible to really sew a singular thread through the weekend’s performances. Pitchfork Music Festival is much smaller — 45 bands in three days — so, it’s a… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 15, 2012 - 2:06 pm

Liturgy – “True Will” Video

Liturgy dives into the found footage for their latest video, shading spiritual in the clip for Aesthetica standout “True Will.” Watch it below and scope some upcoming tour dates from Liturgy, their first major road leg since drummer Greg Fox left the group. More »

By: Corban Goble / January 30, 2012 - 5:28 pm

New Party Systems (Feat. Members Of TVOTR, Liturgy) – “We Are” Video

New Party Systems is a new supergroup, featuring TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone and two current and former members of Liturgy, and their track “We Are” is an honorable attempt at creating an anthem for the Occupy Wall Street movement. The group doesn’t show up in the video. Instead, starry-eyed Occupy sympathizers from around… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 10, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Sleigh Bells Announce Tour, Reign Of Terror Tracklist

On the heels of a recent tease for their new album, Reign Of Terror, Sleigh Bells announced a nine-stop tour in Florida (guitarist Derek E. Miller is a native) alongside Diplo and NYC hard rockers Liturgy. The band also dropped the Reign Of Terror tracklist, which you can check out below. More »

By: Corban Goble / December 7, 2011 - 1:46 pm

GDFX (Liturgy’s Greg Fox) – “LAOQI > TULA” (Stereogum Premiere)

Liturgy’s Greg Fox is an amazing drummer, one who showcases an otherworldly serenity, even when destroying his kit. Outside of Liturgy, he’s a NYC noise/art-rock staple who’s made sounds with Amen Dunes, Teeth Mountain, Guardian Alien, Family Of Love, the Boredoms Boadrum, and the Dan Deacon Ensemble. And many tweets about phở. My favorite non-Liturgy… More »

By: brandon / June 30, 2011 - 10:05 am

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far

Before the quibbling starts: I didn’t include YOB’s Atma because it isn’t out until August. It would be way up there. I’ve also been listening to Dragged Into Sunlight’s Hatred For Mankind quite a bit, but since it has an original release date of ’09 before Prosthetic’s 2011 reissue, I didn’t include that either. O… More »

By: brandon / June 28, 2011 - 9:48 am

Stereogum’s Top 20 Albums Of 2011 So Far

We still have plenty of time and music left in 2011, but since we’re at the halfway (or so) mark, we thought it made sense to pause and take stock of the best albums of the year so far. There was some science behind the final tally: Each one of us made a list and… More »

By: Stereogum / June 21, 2011 - 1:11 pm

“Visions Of American Black Metal”: Liturgy’s Hunter Hunt-Hendrix Responds

If you have any interest in underground metal, black or otherwise, you’re aware of the uproar created by Brooklyn quartet Liturgy. Much of the disdain’s focused on frontman Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, and what people view as his “pretentious” reading of black metal (American and otherwise). I did the first large-scale interview with Liturgy a couple of… More »

By: brandon / June 20, 2011 - 10:27 am

Liturgy Aesthethica Premature Evaluation

You probably noticed that we experimented with an Editor’s Score for the past few Premature Evaluations. The feedback we received suggested these Stereogum ratings weren’t necessary, or necessarily what people liked about PE, so we decided to chop them. We’ve kept the Stereogum Readers’ Rating, though, so you can offer your feedback both via commentsMore »

By: stereogum / April 29, 2011 - 1:20 pm

Portraits Of SXSW 2011

The concluding post on this year’s SXSW comes with this, a break from the norm for us and likely for you as well. In addition to identifying the bands we were most excited about at this year’s SXSW, and filing our reports from Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, we decided to round out our coverage… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 22, 2011 - 5:42 pm

32 Must See Bands @ SXSW 2011

Come March every year, the same questions are asked, retreaded thought pieces get pitched: What does it mean to have a music industry festival in the decrepit climate of 2011? Does anyone actually get discovered at SXSW? What’s the point of signing to a label? What happened to that taco truck on Red River near… More »

By: Stereogum / March 16, 2011 - 9:10 am
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