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Liturgy released ‘Aesthethica’ & a black metal book too, touring (dates)

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…


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


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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