Saturday, September 19, 2009
(20 Buck Spin Records)
Not to be confused with the brutal death metal band from Chicago with the same name, Liturgy are a Brooklyn-based quartet playing a version of black metal without any of the usual genre aesthetics. “Renihilation” is Liturgy’s debut full-length, released on 20 Buck Spin Records, and sort of comes across as a blackened version of nihilistic grindcore as most of the album is a whirlwind of a blur. Fast, simple chord progressions with production emphasis placed upon the loud guitars, lightning fast blasts with occasional punctuated snare hits, and incoherent screaming typify the music on “Renihilation”. This sort of approach to black metal seems to work best as a means of lulling the listener into sort of a trance complete with navel contemplation. Adding to the mix are a few slower parts with some chunky riffing that periodically make appearances, but are not nearly as effective, or as interesting, as the blackened grind that repeatedly wears you down. An atmospheric track or two are tossed in for good measure, as well.
I’m somewhat reminded of Wolves In The Throne Room by Liturgy, with a grinding approach to the music as well as a lack of genre aesthetics. For example, Liturgy astride the stage for shows in basically summertime street clothes, sport haircuts that veer dangerously close to emo territory, and have no obvious connections to black metal whatsoever. However, unlike WITTR, Liturgy’s music is rather basic and, although quite promising, is not nearly as mature, or as layered. I did find Liturgy to be intriguing, though, and the band, along with acts like Krallice, may become an integral part of a New Wave Of USBM (did I just coin a new sub-genre?). Recommended.
Liturgy Official MySpace
20 Buck Spin Records