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DOWNLOAD: Liturgy - "Generation" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Liturgy - "High Gold" (MP3)

Liturgy at Scion Rock Fest 2010 (more by Christopher Mumma & BBG)
Liturgy

Brooklyn black-metallers Liturgy released their sophomore effort Aesthethica on May 10 via Thrill Jockey. As previously mentioned, they play an album release party June 2 at Knitting Factory with Sightings, Matteah Baim, Swati, and Todd Pendu (DJ set). Tickets are still on sale. In July they head out on a month-long US tour. All dates are listed below.

If you want to understand the band better, or just need some light reading material for the beach, pick up a copy of the frontman's new book...

"Liturgy consciously inverts old-school black-metal nihilism, complete with theoretical undergirding--Hunt-Hendrix, a former philosophy student at Columbia, has even published a treatise on the subject, Transcendental Black Metal: A Vision of Apocalyptic Humanism.

"I think that to the degree that anyone involved in underground music has an anti-intellectual attitude, they are making a mistake," Hunt-Hendrix writes via e-mail between European tour stops. "I guess it's just difficult to a lot of people to see that music, philosophy and art share a living common root--in the 19th century everyone knew that." This high-minded rhetoric has attracted its share of critics--"[Transcendental Black Metal] belongs to a rich, collegiate tradition of taking a movement or piece of art that you enjoy and writing about it in a way that suggests you take no enjoyment from it whatsoever," Vice quipped--but anyone attempting to brand Aesthethica as passionless will rapidly dead-end. The record's most memorable tracks ("Generation," "Veins of God") come off like high-fives between Black Sabbath and Lightning Bolt: undiluted collisions of volume and intricate groove." [Time Out]

Download "Generation" and "High Gold" off Aesthethica above. Also check out the video for "Returner" off the album, along with the album tracklist and all tour dates below...

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Liturgy - "Returner"

LITURGY // RETURNER from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Aesthethica Tracklisting
01 High Gold
02 True Will
03 Returner
04 Generation
05 Tragic Laurel
06 Sun of Light
07 Helix Skull
08 Glory Bronze
09 Veins of God
10 Red Crown
11 Glass Earth
12 Harmonia

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Liturgy -- 2011 Tour Dates
06/02/11 Thu Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory - Brooklyn w/ Sightings
07/05/11 Tue Washington, DC DC9 w/ Dope Body
07/06/11 Wed Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox w/ Dope Body
07/07/11 Thu Cleveland, OH Grog Shop w/ Dope Body
07/08/11 Fri Bloomington, IN Russian Recording w/ Dope Body
07/09/11 Sat Chicago, IL West Fest West Fest
07/10/11 Sun St. Louis, MO Firebird
07/11/11 Mon Kansas City, MO Record Bar
07/12/11 Tue Denver, CO Hi Dive
07/13/11 Wed Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
07/15/11 Fri Anacortes, WA Port of Anacortes Warehouse What The Heck Fest
07/16/11 Sat Seattle, WA El Corazon
07/17/11 Sun Olympia, WA Northern
07/18/11 Mon Portland, OR Branx
07/20/11 Wed San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
07/22/11 Fri Santa Barbara, CA Muddy Waters
07/23/11 Sat Los Angeles, CA The Echo
07/24/11 Sun Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar
07/25/11 Mon San Diego, CA Casbah
07/26/11 Tue Scottsdale, AZ The Rogue Bar
07/28/11 Thu Austin, TX Red 7
07/29/11 Fri Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
07/30/11 Sat Birmingham, AL Bottletree
07/31/11 Sun Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
08/02/11 Tue Baltimore, MD Floristree
08/03/11 Wed Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
09/09/11 Fri Raleigh, NC King's Barcade Hopscotch Festival

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Comments (45)

what do "real" metal fans think?

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 10:52 AM

We think that these assholes are absolute shit eating hipster posers. They are a disgrace to what real Black Metal is. Boycott.

Posted by The Metal Community | June 1, 2011 10:55 AM

The record's most memorable tracks ("Generation," "Veins of God") come off like high-fives between Black Sabbath and Lightning Bolt.....Whether you agree with or dispute this statement, you kinda reveal the same thing about yourself. Yep, that's me...I'm in your head!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 11:07 AM

LITURGY IS FALSE METAL.

WE HOPE THEY DIE.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 11:31 AM

We think someone should collect all the hard copies of his book and light them on fire. If the band happens to be locked in the room with the books at the time that's their own fault.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 11:34 AM

if the closest references to liturgy you can make are sabbath and lightning bolt, you probably don't know jack shit about metal.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 11:48 AM

if you know jack shit about metal, you're a moron

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 11:54 AM

If you guys never took a look, or read about how these guys are twenty-something brooklynites with plaid shirts, would you still shit on the music?

Because regardless of how fucking pretentious their ideology comes across, their music is technically proficient.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 12:18 PM

KID CUDU / ALOE BLACC / DJ IRIE / TAMARA SKY playing TERMINAL 5 on JUNE 13 - event includes OPEN BACARDI BAR. tickets guarantee admission

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 12:22 PM

KID CUDI / ALOE BLACC / DJ IRIE / TAMARA SKY playing TERMINAL 5 on JUNE 13 - event includes OPEN BACARDI BAR. tickets guarantee admission

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 12:24 PM

yeah, they're technically proficient but every interview I've read or seen of them they come across as arrogant and condescending. If technically proficient was the only factor in liking music then we'd all be listening to dragonforce or dream theater. These guys are the epitome of soulless, something that does not belong in music.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 12:51 PM

they are a good band, new album is great. they are almost certainly pretentious jerks. so what? i don't need to have a beer with a band to like the music. no interest in the dude's book, but these guys are a very good band!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 1:05 PM

Heard lots of negative shit about them, yet actually haven't heard them myself. I'll have to check them out soon, then make a decision.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 1:13 PM

Good music but they aren't real metal. Black metal should not be very "technically proficient". These dudes are a poor mans WITR if you wanna get all USBM namedroppy...

The only bm band who should be allowed to sound "proficient" are Watain. Nuff said.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 1:21 PM

Legion has spoken. Drink you cup of flies and continue being grim.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 1:50 PM

They might sound Black Metal, but by classical black metal definition they aren't.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 2:13 PM

So they're technically proficient. What does that have to do with them being black metal? Chuck Mangione is technically proficient, but I doubt I will be seeing them with Venom anytime soon

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 2:58 PM

These guys need to stop. I don't care what they wear or where they're from. It's the self-righteous attitude and sense of entitlement that really bugs the shit out of me. Oh yeah, they're also boring.

Posted by Ben | June 1, 2011 2:59 PM

12TH MEAL

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 3:44 PM

"Chuck Mangione is technically proficient, but I doubt I will be seeing them with Venom anytime soon."

I'm booking a tour with those two as we speak.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 4:17 PM

FFO A storm of light, zoroaster, lichens and all other hipster poser metal that make you wanna quit the scene entirely

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 4:18 PM

hipster poser metal? whatever dude, stop taking life so seriously

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 5:27 PM

FFO A storm of light, zoroaster, lichens and all other hipster poser metal that make you wanna quit the scene entirely

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 4:18 PM

And you can add Ken Mode to that list too.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 5:52 PM

They might sound Black Metal, but by classical black metal definition they aren't.

Posted by carefusion and psi | June 1, 2011 6:47 PM

Store bought hummus may seem like actual hummus, but by traditional Lebanese standards, it ain't.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 7:39 PM

I think very few people involved with metal fail to recognize the connection between music, art and philosophy. In fact, some of them go so far as to call it a lifestyle choice and are serious about it. This has nothing to do with nihilism or anti-intellectualism, in my mind it is quite the opposite. It is, however, a choice that Hunter Hunt Hendrix has not made and is not going to. Corroborative evidence would include the fact that he does not go to metal shows, black or otherwise. This lack of commitment is why his band is not taken seriously, not because of a general anti-intellectualism among metal heads.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 8:03 PM

Awesome, a bunch of know-nothings debating a worthless trend band based on inane, shallow and backward criteria - all on a hip New York City blog. If hell exists, I just found it. Please kill yourselves now. Especially the person who compared Liturgy to WITTR. Please do the sane part of the world a favor and end your life. Your scope of references are a perfect illustration why Liturgy, WITTR and other postmodern bastardizations of genuine subculture are made to thrive - because the voice of the so-called metal community (which you evidently think you embody) has been overtaken by the same clueless hipster mentality that it purports to oppose. You love nothing, everything is a game on the internet to you. Fuck you all, move on to the next thing. Some things are not meant to be made acceptable and palatable to everyone. Keep NYC out of metal.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2011 9:17 PM

9:17 - what metal blogs are good?
Besides BBG's posts.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 1:25 AM

How could hipsters who discovered BM about 3 yrs ago write a book about it????

FUCK THIS BAND!!!!
DEATH TO FALSE METAL!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 7:53 AM

blah blah blah blah. LITURGY rules.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 11:53 AM

FUCK CHILDRENS HOSPITAL!
DEATH TO BACKGROUND LINK ADS.....

LITURGY RULES.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 11:56 AM

KID CUDI / ALOE BLACC / DJ IRIE / TAMARA SKY playing TERMINAL 5 on JUNE 13 - event includes OPEN BACARDI BAR. tickets guarantee admission

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 12:34 PM

LITURGY MUST DIE!!!!!!

Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2011 1:26 PM

Anyone know when the set times are?

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2011 4:16 PM

hot garbage

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2011 6:59 AM

I AM IN A GANG.

Posted by earl bonk | June 3, 2011 5:50 PM

Sounds like hipster shit to me.

Posted by blackkrosses | June 4, 2011 7:09 PM

More like Shiturgy! Amirite?

Posted by Funny Joke Guy | June 13, 2011 5:13 PM

You want deconstructed black/extreme whatever the fuck "metal," listen to select Flying Luttenbachers albums. Something like 'Revenge' shits all over this band. I could care less about most metal, but this band annoys me too.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2011 8:01 PM

If BM should not be technically proficient how do you explain Thorns? Liturgy are boring, but they did a good job at annoying people. Maybe it's some sort of undercover, po-mo project of some sort? Yawwwn

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2011 9:22 PM

"You want deconstructed black/extreme whatever the fuck "metal," listen to select Flying Luttenbachers albums. Something like 'Revenge' shits all over this band. I could care less about most metal, but this band annoys me too."

Holy shit, this is maybe the second time someone else other than me (much less here of all places) mentions these guys. They ain't black metal (more like crazy, schizophrenic, experimental jazz-rock), but these guys tear the fucking roof off! Kudos to you, 8:01!

Also, for black metal, go for Weaking or Deathspell Omega.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2011 9:30 PM

Weakling, that is.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2011 9:32 PM

Did they ever learn that Master of Puppets wasn't by Black Sabbath?

Posted by eeun | June 21, 2011 1:51 AM

Fucking hypster everywhere

Posted by leone | August 5, 2011 10:19 AM

Why do black metal fans even know about Liturgy? They're so far from the genre. In fact, they're far from anything that isn't inside of their anuses.

Posted by Hairnail | November 25, 2011 12:00 AM

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