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The Liturgy Manifesto

Grayson Haver Currin tells of how they reunited for new album The Ark Work, which tries to answer questions about a genre that no one thought to ask.

The Liturgy Manifesto 2017-04-03

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Liturgy is an American avant-garde band from Brooklyn, New York. The band features Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (vocals, guitar), Bernard Gann (guitar), Greg Fox (drums) and Tyler Dusenbury (bass). The band describes its style as transcendental black metal, which is described in a declaration written by Hunt-Hendrix. Hunt-Hendrix cites Swans, Glenn Branca, and Lightning Bolt as influences.

Originally the solo project of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, the band expanded to a four-piece in 2008, after the release of the 12″ Immortal Life, which was followed in 2009 with their debut album Renihilation.

The group’s second album, Aesthethica, was released in May 2011 by Thrill Jockey, and was ranked as number 26 on Spin’s 50 Best Albums of 2011.

In a 2012 interview with Pitchfork Media, Hunt-Hendrix expressed his desire to move away from black metal on future releases in order to avoid self-imitation, noting that Aesthethica’s recognition turns it into safe territory. He suggested that the next release could include bells or a focus on electronics.

In June 2014, drummer Greg Fox and bassist Tyler Dusenbury rejoined the band to record the third studio album The Ark Work, which was released in 2015.