Tales from Bandcamp: The Ark Work by Liturgy
Posted by RiffRaff
On Liturgy’s Bandcamp page for this album there is a solitary (for now) user review which says “Haven’t decided yet, if this is total crap or genius 🙂 Favorite track: Follow.” That pretty much sums up my thoughts on the latest from Liturgy.
Firstly, The Ark Work is totally nowhere close to what I was expecting as a follow-up to the hipster black metal darling (and I honestly do mean that in a complimentary way), Aesthetica. I mean, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix stoically raps over a MIDI chiptunes blaring black metal tremolo riffs. There’s fanfare horn sections, techno beats, ambiance, and a noticeable lack of black metal rasps (which are replaced with this kind of grunge era brooding singing/mumbling). Very little of what I loved about the black metal aspects of Liturgy made it over to this record, and yet this record is 110% Liturgy. Pretentious, experimental, ‘transcendental’. Yet, each time I give it a spin I ask myself, what the fuck am I listening to?
And somehow, I keep putting it on. It engages me every time. There is something absolutely genius in the confounding directions each song takes. The confusion is both infuriating and relaxing. Some of the performances are absolute shit, namely the vocals, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t say everything all fits together perfectly. It’s kind of like Steve Buscemi, a beautiful train wreck.
I think I lean more towards the opinion of genius on this one, but the cat’s still in the bag. I don’t know. I’m confused. Maybe it needs a more spins. But why do I continue to fucking listen to this album?
Let me know what you think of this mindfuck down in the comments. Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
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Posted on April 9, 2015, in Tales From Bandcamp & Full Album Streams and tagged bandcamp, Confusion, Hipster, Liturgy, metal, Music, Pretentious, Stream, The Ark Work. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.