Liturgy detail ‘Origin of the Alimonies’ album, share new song “Lonely OIOION”
Last year, Brooklyn black metal staples Liturgy surprise-released their new album H.A.Q.Q. and also said they'd be releasing another album -- the soundtrack to their metal opera Origin of the Alimonies, which they've performed live -- at a later date. They've now given that album a release date (November 20 via band leader Hunter Hunt-Hendrix’s label YLYLCYN) and released the first song, "Lonely OIOION." Recorded with an 8-piece chamber ensemble, the new song puts an orchestral spin on Liturgy's sound, but it otherwise sounds like classic Liturgy. It's cool stuff, as you can hear for yourself below.
The band writes:
Origin of the Alimonies is Liturgy’s fifth full-length album and their first to fully integrate Hunter Hunt-Hendrix’s vision of total art, or what she calls Perichoresis, with her musical compositions. The music amplifies a dramatic narrative addressing the question of the origin of all things, which itself aesthetically grounds the content of Hunt-Hendrix’s ongoing philosophical YouTube series on her System of Transcendental Qabala.
The album is by far Liturgy’s most meticulous and radical statement, pushing their characteristic synthesis between black metal, minimalism, experimental club music, and 19th–century romanticism to new extremes. Exploring microtonality, free improvisation, polymetric structures and Richard Wagner’s ideas of musikdrama and leitmotif, Hunt-Hendrix employs her unique “burst beat” technique to bind together the rhythmic signatures of metal, experimental club and classical music in the service of speech patterns and narrative flow.
Featuring the virtuosic playing of bandmates Leo Didkovsky, Tia Vincent-Clark and Bernard Gann, the entire album also includes flute, piano, harp, strings and horns performed by a 8-piece chamber ensemble drawn from New York’s various avant-garde music scenes.
Influenced by kabbalah, German Idealism and French post-structuralism, the opera tells the story of a cosmogonical traumatic explosion between OIOION and SIHEYMN, a pair of divine beings whose thwarted love tears a wound from which civilization is generated, producing the Four Alimonies of the intelligible universe and the task of collective emancipation.
Outside the narrative frame, the piece is meant to foster productive discord between the modes of attention and political commitments that implicitly accompany its various genres, as well as to hover in the liminal territory between the music industry, the art world and the contemporary philosophy community, reiterating the message of Jesus via William Blake by belonging nowhere, only half-comprehensible within any established framework, puncturing hypocritical ideologies while crying out in the name of love.
The album is accompanied by a new, eponymous album-length operatic video written, directed, shot, edited by and starring Hunt-Hendrix, who uses her evolving body, in the wake of her recent gender affirmation as a trans woman, as the medium for the story.
Liturgy also recently released a collaborative single with LEYA, who they were supposed to tour with this year.
Listen to the new single and view the new album's tracklist and credits:
1. The Seperation of HAQQ from HAEL
2. OIOION's Birth
3. Lonely OIOION
4. The Fall of SHIEYMN
5. SIHEYMN's Lament
6. Apparition of the Eternal Church
7. The Armistice
Hunter Hunt-Hendrix - vocals, guitar, production
Bernard Gann - guitar
Tia Vincent-Clark - bass
Leo Didkovsky - drums
Eve Essex - flutes, saxophone
Nate Wooley - trumpet
Josh Modney - violin
Carrie Frey - viola
Caleigh Drane - cello
James Ilgenfritz - double bass
Eric Wubbels - piano, organ
Marilu Donovan - harp
Recorded and mixed by Seth Manchester
Additional engineering by AJ Tissian
Mastered by Joe LaPorta