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i still have to listen to that Zs record. he talks about some healthy stuff here:
http://noisey.vice.com/en_ca/blog/greg-fox-guardian-alien-interview

lil urbane (Jordan), Wednesday, 18 March 2015 17:51 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I caught these guys last night. The songs really blossomed for me in a live setting; Hunt-Hendrix's voice sinks back and lets everything else take center stage. "Reign Array" was gorgeous and majestic.

Talking to friends, it seems they've been a bit hit or miss on this tour. Last night was hit after hit, even with a guitar dying on the second to last song. Greg Fox launched into a hypnotic solo as they sorted out replacement gear and then it was straight back to business.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 9 April 2015 14:20 (four years ago) link

They should love Greg! Everyone should love Greg. Very nice guy, and a joy to watch and hear.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 9 April 2015 14:29 (four years ago) link

i just impulse bought a ticket to the show friday
i will turn into a pumpkin at midnight, but i'll get to catch the openers and they're pretty good (horse lords and another band i don't know) and a little of liturgy if i'm lucky.
his whole worldview re drumming is really otm and inspiring

groundless round (La Lechera), Thursday, 9 April 2015 15:46 (four years ago) link

Yes! Seeing Liturgy and Horse Lords on a double bill is a rad idea

the tune was space, Thursday, 9 April 2015 16:50 (four years ago) link

The show in Dallas was Horse Lords at 8, Sannhet at 9 and Liturgy at 10. I was home by 11:30. It was awesome.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 9 April 2015 17:01 (four years ago) link

Hm, that might be worth a trip to Montreal.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 9 April 2015 17:02 (four years ago) link

Liturgy, Horse Lords, and Sannhet sounds very exhausting.

I'm looking forward to catching them with Lightning Bolt in a few weeks!

Tomás Piñon (Ryan), Thursday, 9 April 2015 17:11 (four years ago) link

this show starts at 9 so i expect to miss some liturgy but that's ok bc i have a (really long) class to teach the next morning

groundless round (La Lechera), Thursday, 9 April 2015 17:21 (four years ago) link

Sund4r I'll be at that show
Greg is amazing, Guardian Alien is amazing

got a long list of ilxors (fgti), Thursday, 9 April 2015 17:28 (four years ago) link

It wasn't exhausting at all. Maybe 2 hours and 10 minutes of music total, spread out over three hours and in pretty different styles.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 9 April 2015 17:36 (four years ago) link

five months pass...

Listening to Kel Valhaal for the first time

:D

twunty fifteen (imago), Wednesday, 7 October 2015 21:57 (four years ago) link

all of metal heard this song and cried and cried

twunty fifteen (imago), Wednesday, 7 October 2015 21:58 (four years ago) link

just the best sort of annoying

twunty fifteen (imago), Wednesday, 7 October 2015 22:00 (four years ago) link

Why would metal cry at what sounds like a CD of In The Nursery skipping?

jimmy falloff (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 8 October 2015 03:44 (four years ago) link

seriously

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 8 October 2015 05:43 (four years ago) link

this album is brilliant. 'reign array' and 'follow II' the highights but it all makes sense to me.

twunty fifteen (imago), Thursday, 8 October 2015 09:10 (four years ago) link

imo Kel Valhaal is totally their career highpoint to date, to the extent that you could bin near enough all their other songs and I wouldn't be too bothered

it's also kind of a nonsense setting up this imaginary confrontation with 'metal' - if I'd heard it first w/o knowing it was Liturgy I'd guess it had come from that Mego/PAN side of the tracks and wouldn't have given metal music/culture any consideration. which I'd say was a success wrt what I imagine Liturgy were trying to achieve here

these are my pincers and if you don't like them I have udders (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 8 October 2015 09:11 (four years ago) link

yer right, but the narrative is so hard to escape

twunty fifteen (imago), Thursday, 8 October 2015 09:15 (four years ago) link

I love this album, it's brilliant. It would be better maybe if some of the instruments sounded less artificial but I guess it goes well with the glitch elements. But it's an incredibly well-written record and it's certainly unique. I actually don't understand why Liturgy always get dumped on so much, they're one of the most creative and characterful bands around now imo.

Hunter H-H may allegedly be a pretentious pseud (never read the "manifesto", never will) but I don't why that's so enraging to metalheads. At least he's not a fucking fascist.

ultros ultros-ghali, Thursday, 8 October 2015 19:54 (four years ago) link

Their live show is face-meltingly loud, almost as loud as Melt-Banana

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Thursday, 8 October 2015 19:55 (four years ago) link

there's a bit in a pitchfork interview where he and his bandmates are just wandering around a jewish steam-room being all reflective and euphoric and it's pretty much the perfect evocation of why everyone hates them and why they're awesome. fwiw i reckon HHH is probably a mensch irl

'follow II' is a song that must, MUST have been written with me in mind. it's scarily close to what i'd want from a seven and a half minute metal song

ha melt-banana are the best gig i've ever been to, will have to see liturgy if they come around here

twunty fifteen (imago), Thursday, 8 October 2015 19:59 (four years ago) link

they're coming in a couple of weeks and I intend to be there

btw this album is absolutely extraordinary - 'follow II' is one of those pieces of music I'm staggered even exists - it feels like I must have dreamt it

twunty fifteen (imago), Saturday, 17 October 2015 21:40 (four years ago) link

Really, dude? Really?!

si monvmentvm reqvires, pvmpkin spice (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 17 October 2015 22:51 (four years ago) link

Their live show is face-meltingly loud, almost as loud as Melt-Banana

― I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Thursday, October 8, 2015 12:55 PM (1 week ago)

That was not my experience.

sarahell, Saturday, 17 October 2015 23:12 (four years ago) link

Mine either (although when I saw them they were just two dudes).

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Saturday, 17 October 2015 23:23 (four years ago) link

Yeah really. What is the beef?

twunty fifteen (imago), Sunday, 18 October 2015 10:59 (four years ago) link

No beef! I just don't find it, uh, oneiric.

si monvmentvm reqvires, pvmpkin spice (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 18 October 2015 11:26 (four years ago) link

To my ears it's charmless, depthless and so poorly produced as to be laughable; as someone who's listened to metal for thirty years and weird noise for twenty, I feel like I should be able to hear something in it that the fans hear.

So you guys can think I'm blind to it's grand beauty, I'll go back to listening to Tyranny and ignoring the fulsome praise people are heaping on Ark Work.

si monvmentvm reqvires, pvmpkin spice (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 18 October 2015 11:31 (four years ago) link

I haven't seen The Ark Work get a good reception ANYWHERE outside a few scattered dudes with odd taste though. I understand your reaction though, sometimes I can't help but be baffled when I see lots of praise for something I think is objectively terrible.

ultros ultros-ghali, Sunday, 18 October 2015 12:14 (four years ago) link

Seriously, this record is not popular. On RYM it has 2.71 out of 5 - for comparison's sake, Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz has 2.45. People are going well out of their way to pile on the hate. Even most of those who like it have severe reservations. Only a few mad souls are hip to Hunter's vibe, yo

(I think it is a crazy and ambitious experiment in sound and narrative that largely succeeds because rather than despite of the lengths it goes to to synthesise seemingly incongruent sonic palettes - it is an arrogant work, and all the better for this)

twunty fifteen (imago), Sunday, 18 October 2015 13:43 (four years ago) link

also it is bad

adam, Sunday, 18 October 2015 14:03 (four years ago) link

but less bad than the other liturgy records

adam, Sunday, 18 October 2015 14:04 (four years ago) link

honestly if they had made a whole album of "fanfare" I would be repping hard for these guys as an interesting (if not really related to metal) act - it develops really nicely, strikes me an an honest piece of "modern classical" writing

the rest of this is really pretty unoriginal to my ear, there are a ton of black metal bands from finland and norway and france who've been covering this kinda ground musically for ages. the one thing that's different is the indie-rock horns, or soft-horns, which I rather like in terms of what they're doing musically - but this whole Brooklyn approach to metal -- "it's black metal...plus horns! it's black metal...plus shoegaze!" is so tiresome. maybe just write good black metal and quit gunning for that BNM by being novel with the kitchen-sink biz?

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 18 October 2015 14:07 (four years ago) link

but less bad than the other liturgy records

I like the two previous albums a lot, but I haven't even made it through this one.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 18 October 2015 14:28 (four years ago) link

the other two felt like (per jd) brooklyny genre exercises while the new one is at least kind of absurd in its blog-bait nature (or whatever the 2015 equivalent is).

i think it is a little strange that for all the goofy black metal appropriations and corpse paint minstrel show stuff of the past 10 years no one has decided to mash up "good production" and "black metal." all the liturgy stuff sounds almost as crummy as some one man ukrainian nazi bandcamp shit despite having an infinitely larger recording budget.

adam, Sunday, 18 October 2015 15:08 (four years ago) link

despite having an infinitely larger recording budget

Where's your evidence for this? They're on Thrill Jockey, not Roadrunner or even Metal Blade.

Also, there are plenty of black metal bands with good production! The French bands sound amazing, as does Satyricon (who just made a double live album with a fucking orchestra) and probably a million others, going back to Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth in the late '90s/early '00s.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 18 October 2015 15:30 (four years ago) link

idk i feel like there are bands on thrill jockey that manage to record on a drumkit that's not made of papier-mache.

point taken re: french bm bands and the dimmu/cof type bands, though that stuff veers closer to over- rather than well-produced

adam, Sunday, 18 October 2015 15:38 (four years ago) link

i just want drums that sound good tbh. that cheesy deafheaven album has good drums

adam, Sunday, 18 October 2015 15:40 (four years ago) link

Seriously, this record is not popular. On RYM it has 2.71 out of 5 - for comparison's sake,

"Seriously, a site that thinks Madvillainy is one of the 100 greatest records of all time doesn't like this album"

Whiney G. Weingarten, Sunday, 18 October 2015 17:59 (four years ago) link

there are a ton of black metal bands from finland and norway and france who've been covering this kinda ground musically for ages

to an extent, but I do often try to listen to such music and to my ears this sounds like it is genuinely up to something different, both in the use of shifting rhythms and the chiming rasping electronic textural overload - it is euphoric art-rock more than BM perhaps but this does not invalidate it

maybe just write good black metal and quit gunning for that BNM by being novel with the kitchen-sink biz?

I believe HHH when he says this is the closest he's gotten to recording the sound in his head. I don't suspect he'd be good at just good pop black metal because his heart would not be in it. he is a precocious little shit who's biting off barely as much as he cam chew - he is shooting at the moon because he can't see anywhere beneath it. I can well empathise with this - leave prudence and timeworn craft to those who have the patience to make such music. we need our stubborn innovators too, even if they're really truly in actual fact making 2007-era indie rock (comparable examples please)

also his songwriting narratives are p exciting to me - the way follow ii builds and then dissolves over and over again into the abyss - that is spectacular imo and I have heard an awful lot of spectacular music

twunty fifteen (imago), Sunday, 18 October 2015 18:26 (four years ago) link

Whiney yr not srsly going to make me cherrypick something worse outta the Acclaimed Music top hundred right

it's crude but it illustrates just how much antipathy the metal community, very many of whom post to RYM, has for the album

twunty fifteen (imago), Sunday, 18 October 2015 18:34 (four years ago) link

What other albums does this sound like? I thought it was fairly unique which is why it's been singled out for hatred. I mean if there's other stuff like this out there I want to hear it

ultros ultros-ghali, Sunday, 18 October 2015 18:48 (four years ago) link

I just wish all the huffy dismissal that H3 gets was directed at Deafheaven tbh

ultros ultros-ghali, Sunday, 18 October 2015 18:53 (four years ago) link

the two bands aren't really anything alike, which is why their mention rankles

twunty fifteen (imago), Sunday, 18 October 2015 19:31 (four years ago) link

but yeah, Deafheaven are turgid dullardry, I get the sense that Liturgy are seen as more 'anti-metal' though, which is a shame, because I thought the point of metal was to be extreme

twunty fifteen (imago), Sunday, 18 October 2015 19:33 (four years ago) link

because I thought the point of metal was to be extreme

only 15 year olds say that

Cosmic Slop, Sunday, 18 October 2015 19:51 (four years ago) link

ok, I thought the point of metal was to convey the extremities of human experience, especially viz à vis death and the infinite

twunty fifteen (imago), Sunday, 18 October 2015 19:53 (four years ago) link

anyway, that isn't the post you all have to answer. the two posts in response to JCLC and Whiney are the ones you have to answer, not the sidetrack shit dissing deafheaven who shouldn't even be in this thread

twunty fifteen (imago), Sunday, 18 October 2015 19:55 (four years ago) link

all of the riffs in "pasaqalia" make me think of emo a lot

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 03:12 (four weeks ago) link

I take it all back. Different bass player too. Damn. Didn't realize all of the personnel changes but the music is still great.

gman59, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 03:14 (four weeks ago) link

much as i love the ark work for being perversely intractable (until you adjust and figure out it’s very catchy), pretty sure this is the populist (as much as it ever could be) masterpiece that also stretches their music way out

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 03:31 (four weeks ago) link

Rereading the Transcendental Black Metal manifesto, it's still so so annoying - and kinda racist towards Norwegians - but it honestly makes a lot of sense and explains a lot of what goes into these last few albums. Took ten years, but he delivered on his thoughts, lol.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 12:29 (four weeks ago) link

Ok this is sounding much better with fresh ears

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 16:05 (four weeks ago) link

Love all the bell tones

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 16:07 (four weeks ago) link

lol this is bespoke lj fodder. Enjoying it so far.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 16:22 (four weeks ago) link

Also it helped to skip the first track, that one is just a lot. Every other track has some kind of unexpected element, or at least a break in the assault.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 13 November 2019 16:28 (four weeks ago) link

Nah the first track is great too.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 16:31 (four weeks ago) link

First track is huge, kicks it all off proper.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 16:42 (four weeks ago) link

This record is fucking crazy

I think I love it

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 14 November 2019 22:16 (three weeks ago) link

Awww no physical release till the end of February.

Definitely AOTY material here, at least for me

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 14 November 2019 22:30 (three weeks ago) link

This record is zany as hell and probably their best, I'm on board. Dude's vocals are still terrible though, this should've been an instrumental record.

Siegbran, Thursday, 14 November 2019 23:23 (three weeks ago) link

Gargantuan record. One might mistake the operatic flirtations and overcautious 'building up to a climax' for a flaw, but it's done so charmingly, so damn coy, while at the same time being integrated in their sound so very well. The opening notes leading up to the disarming nue of Exaco III and the beginning of the title song, man... Sincerity overrides pretentiousness, again and again. A masterpiece.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 25 November 2019 19:12 (two weeks ago) link

^^ my blurb for the AOTY albums poll rollout lol

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 25 November 2019 19:12 (two weeks ago) link


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