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Title: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 15:57
Do you think metal is too staid? Too theatrical? Do you feel like you can't take it seriously? Are you waiting for a visionary band to arrive and turn that shit into art?

I have a band for you.

☠☠☠ ✞✞✞ Liturgy ✞✞✞ ☠☠☠

(http://www.bigearsfestival.com/2010/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/liturgy_500x300.jpg)

Fuck you, metal bands. Liturgy is playing on a whole different level.

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Brooklyn based Liturgy is Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Greg Fox, Tyler Dusenbury, and Bernard Gann. Aesthethica, their second album and third release, shows the band exploring, in greater depth, themes initially touched on by their critically acclaimed debut album, Renihilation. The band used every instrument, literal or figurative, to produce meaning and intensity, disregarding the genre boundaries of black metal, hardcore and experimental music.
On Renihilation, Liturgy made use of simple song structures, and concentrated on sustaining a blindingly high intensity level from start to finish. Aesthethica, a more controlled and polyvalent effort, finds the band operating at multiple levels and using more varied forms. The music is both elaborately crafted and chaotically performed. Songs often begin in the form of a simple chant or hypnotic abstraction, then evolve into something dense and complex. A constant sensitivity to the states of attention that different musical patterns activate and foster, yields a paradoxical result: the more complex the music, the simpler the message. Cycling through the fundamental modes of being: stasis, chaos, repetition and entelechy, Aesthethica is a metaphorical exercise in affirmation.

The record is a unified whole. A major concern, sonically and lyrically, is the question of what it is to be meaningful, and how intensity relates to emotion or affect. Many of the songs activate and manipulate cliches relating to heroism, tragedy, hope, and so on by connecting black metal techniques to the spirit of film score writing (Vangelis, Badalamenti) and post-Romanticism (Scriabin, Sibelius). "High Gold" presents a vision of apocalypse, "Harmonia" presents a judgment on the meaning of life, and so on. The resulting collection of songs, at once, embodies and transcends these tropes. The music is supersaturated with lofty melodies and lyrics, bursting with frenzied execution, and builds to a boiling point of chaos, distorting all meaning and distilling to reveal the raw core of pure sonic joy. Liturgy surrounds these fractured islands of meaning with a sea of a-signifying ritual repetition and sound (Branca, Sleep, Lightning Bolt). Tear at the seams of the straitjacket of ordinary life, release the energy from the field of potentiality that it binds, enter the realm of the good and the beautiful, so commands Aesthethica.

Highly technical musicianship, poetico-mystical gesturing, and a minimal directness; all singular elements, whose interactions and reactions are contained in and bursting from a black metal framework. Revelatory contrasts presented in an intensely physical performance whose energy is palpable and whose abatement is as illuminating as its arrival.

The lead singer is named Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (after his father, Hunter Seeker-Malmsteen) and this dude is obviously the staggering genius that metal needs to become legitimate music.
Quote from: P4k interview, 2009
Pitchfork: When did you start recording Liturgy material? I heard about it years ago, but only heard more than a MySpace track or two when you contacted me a year or so ago. Did you start it as some kind of harsher outlet outside Birthday Boyz? How did you get into black metal?

Hunter Hunt-Hendrix: I began recording black metal in my bedroom as a teenager. The earliest stuff was all on 4-track, very harsh and dark; a lot like Ildjarn. I began calling the project Liturgy in 2004, and I made a cassette called The Paranoiac Miracle. After that was a long gestation period during which I was focusing mainly on other projects, but at some point something clicked and a very specific idea developed about what Liturgy should be. The Immortal Life EP was an initial foray into that.

Pitchfork: Liturgy's visual/graphic aesthetic is interesting to me. Instead of night skies, Immortal Life has a sunny cloudscape. Inquisition take photos in the sunlight, too, but you go further: With both your band name and the aforementioned Immortal Life, you evoke Catholic rites. Can you explain this some?

HHH: The album art is supposed to represent transcendence, which for us means an ecstatic encounter with the present; a violent, apocalyptic, cosmic joy. And a shattering of ego. But then there's also a certain impossibility of that encounter, like a withdrawing horizon.

Pitchfork: Like other NYC black metal bands (Malkuth, Krallice), you guys don't don the corpse paint. If you did, what would Liturgy-style corpse paint look like? All white?

HHH: Heh, it's hard to say.

Pitchfork: What exactly is "Pure Transcendental Black Metal"?

HHH: That name isn't meant to specifically designate anything, but I hope that among other things it carries the connotation of something between a Romantic experience of the Sublime and the ecstatic experience of Oneness.

Pitchfork: Renihilation opens with a kind of chanted/droned beginning. You have these series of tracks simply titled "-". What's their place in the collection? Why didn't you opt to call them "Untitled" or something? It's somehow visually striking. Sonically, they're like weird prayers or exercises or something.

HHH: "Untitled" could have worked; I just thought the dashes looked pretty good. Basically, before the full band was formed I used to perform solo using voice, guitar, and loop pedals-- totally different from the solo recorded material. Once we pulled the band together I still wanted to make use of the live solo stuff somehow, and some of the pieces ended up fitting on the record perfectly, in a truncated form, as interludes.

Pitchfork: When we were talking about the Mirror Me exhibition you showed me your "Prophetic Vision style poem." I read it. It's fascinating stuff. Can you explain how it relates to the music? I think of Current 93 or Seldon Hunt's texts for Sunn O))) in some sense.

HHH: The poem isn't so different from the lyrics, just longer and more unified. I usually write lyrics after the music is all written and arranged, but this one just sort of stands on its own. The style is influenced by Nietzsche, William Blake's prophecies, and some of Aleister Crowley's writings. I think the comparison to Current 93 is pretty on point; David Tibet rules.

Pitchfork: On Renihilation it's hard for me to pin down what particular songs are about: "Arctica", "Beyond the Magic Forest", "Behind the Void". Is there a red thread through it all? Can you explain the lyrics some? I remember you saying they were different from what shows up in the poem.

HHH: They're all about different things, but a red thread might be the theme of tension between hope and critique, or between apocalypse and apostasy. I think something like this is at the heart of all black metal, which participates in nostalgia and nihilism simultaneously in an unresolved way. Or at least that's always been an attraction for me. I think in our day and age we are starved for meaning and also hostile towards meaning, and this interests me.

Pitchfork: What does Renihilation, the word and concept, mean to you?

HHH: I like the idea of a second nihilism or a double nihilism, a sort of annihilation of an annihiliation amounting to something altogether different from a return to what was originally destroyed. That's what renihiliation is.

Pitchfork: You went from a one-man bedroom project to a four-piece band who can play live, etc. How did that change the feel or dynamic of the band? For certain one-man black metal bands, a sort of solitary "loneliness" seems essential. For instance, I can't imagine Leviathan fronting a group. But you clearly incorporated it all on Renihilation. Can you discuss how you formed the full band and where you recorded, etc.? How was this different from past recordings?

HHH: Liturgy originally had a lot to do with loneliness and alienation, but once it started being about cosmic unity, it just naturally turned into a group project. I made a demo of Renihilation on my own, and knew I wanted to pull together a band at least for live performances. Tyler, Greg, and Bernard used to play in a few different bands together, and I've known Greg for a long time. It all fell into place easily. The live sound and the group dynamic really exceeded my expectations, and it was obvious soon that we should record as a group, too. (At this point I'd even say the live show is the "real thing"; there's an energy to it that can't be captured on a record.) Everything before Renihilation I recorded myself using either a 4-track or an MBox, but I knew it wouldn't do us justice to record the full band that way. We made Renihilation at the Thousand Caves of Menegroth with Colin Marston, who has recorded a lot of our friends' bands, and who is in a bunch of awesome bands himself. He did an amazing job, I think.

Pitchfork: What's with the White Metal tag?

HHH: I don't know where the "white metal" tag came from, but I hope it doesn't stick. To me it connotes either NSBM or something like "grey metal". Not really going for either of those things.

Quote from: The Village Voice
What is "Generation" about?
 - "Generation" is an adoration of the most primordial operations: concatenation, permutation, interpolation. ... The idea was to create a cross between Rhys Chatham and Meshuggah. Or a Meshuggah song with one note instead of two notes.

What does this song's sense of triumph and ecstasy represent for you? How do you feel when you play it?
 - This is my favorite song to play live because it has the most groove. Performing it presents the satisfaction of locking into a breakdown and the satisfaction of a gradual buildup, both at the same time.

You guys still have a focus on hypnosis and repetition, but it's increasingly more of a math-rock/Stravinsky vein. What records inspired this particular shift in sound?
 - I've always wanted to make a sort of black metal that has lots of explosions and jolts in it. On Renihilation we had the explosions, but they were more inexact and freewheeling, more part of the performance. For the new record the idea was to create the same effect but have it be composed out a little more carefully. The influences aren't really new. In fact it's mostly music that I no longer listen to much but loved really intensely at a time and am finally finding a way to digest and incorporate into our output. Meshuggah is an example. I like that you mention Stravinsky, actually. The kind of eddies of jolted repetition in Petrushka, The Rite [of Spring], Les Noces... those pieces really shaped the way I feel music, what I want and expect from it. He creates these moments of ecstatic frenzy that are strangely glitchy, these wild stabs, but composed out very carefully. Dionysiac experience created using Apollonian technique. Though my Stravinsky phase was years ago. Converge's Jane Doe is a similar influence. Anyway I don't think of it as a change in direction at all, just a development from embryo to fetus.

Now that you're dealing with more odd time-signatures, is there more anxiety that the song might fall apart?
No.

There was a little bit of hubbub about you guys being a metal band on Thrill Jockey. What's the most ridiculous reaction you've had to that move?
 - Man, there are people that despise our band. Within the black metal scene there have been plenty of seriously rabid haters from the start, people offended by the fact that we're situating black metal in a wider musical context. Or something. We've already heard it all before. I think those people really don't grasp how little their criticism means to us. I always expected it and I even kind of enjoy seeing it. But as for the label, I think if anything our joining up with Thrill Jockey has been a sigh of relief on all sides, because our musical project really makes more sense shoulder to shoulder with acts like Nobukazu Takemura, Dan Higgs, Boredoms, Lichens. And people who identify more broadly with experimental music tend to get what we're doing right away. I mean, it is really important to me that our music is black metal, but more and more I feel alienated by the bigotry that is a part of that scene. It's not really a community we ultimately want to have anything to do with, insofar as it really is a forum for reactionary politics and so on. The most interesting and ridiculous reaction from a hater that comes to mind is an unofficial music video to our new song that someone put up. Basically it's just scenes of men kissing, synced up to our song. Honestly I almost died laughing when I saw it, but it's also like, "Really?"

What's your favorite place to eat in Brooklyn?
 - I get the Hanna Jang sandwich from the Hanna Deli on Union and Metropolitan as often as I can.

Download their new song (http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2011/04/liturgy-generation-mp3-interview-hunter-hunt-hendrix.php), and cry as you realize all of the so-called "metal" you listened to before today has been but the sound of toddlers banging on pots and pans and intermittently soiling themselves. Their second album is coming out on Thrill Jockey, which is super deeply meaningful because Thrill Jockey don't fuck with mere "metal". Can Liturgy finally bring beauty and discipline to this ugly excuse for music? Will metal fans finally be able to air their enthusiasm in public without shame and derision? Thrill Jockey is betting so! God bless you, Thrill Jockey. And God bless you, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix!

(http://bushwickbk.com/images/music/profiles/liturgy.jpg)
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What is your favorite thing about Liturgy and Hunter Hunt-Hendrix? Haters stay out 8-) 8-) :police: 8-) 8-)

Watch the band in action! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA_p2RLfpsk&feature=player_embedded)
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 06 Apr 2011, 16:00
No my main problem with metal is that there weren't enough manifestoes up in
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: SWOON! at My Gravitas on 06 Apr 2011, 16:01
siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh

I heard their new album last night coincidentally, they play with a remarkable amount of energy and their drummer is pretty great but Jesus ass-Christ I don't know if I've heard black metal that's any more pointlessly meandering in my life
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 06 Apr 2011, 16:02
Also bro applause for using yr 6666th post for this
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 06 Apr 2011, 16:26
is there a unicode inverted cross
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 16:37
Not that I found :(

I heard their new album last night coincidentally, they play with a remarkable amount of energy and their drummer is pretty great but Jesus ass-Christ I don't know if I've heard black metal that's any more pointlessly meanderingbracingly transcendent in my life
ftfy

Just give it time. You'll be a real heavy metal fan before you know it!
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: tommydski on 06 Apr 2011, 17:59
Finally a metal band for My Generation.

 :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 06 Apr 2011, 18:17
One of the problems with Liturgy is that (musically) there's nothing they do that isn't also done by many, many other bands who also, in addition to those things, do other, more interesting things as well, and without being laughably smug pseudo-intellectual hipster dipshits about it.

The other problems are pretty self-evident so I don't feel the need to go into them here.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 06 Apr 2011, 18:35
Also:

I've noticed that a lot of people get really offended when I call them "hipsters" or imply that they might be hipsters ans that always baffled me a bit because I genuinely self-identify as a hipster and the term does not bother me in the slightest. Moreover I naturally assumed that a great deal of the people on here that I admire felt more or less the same, or at least pretty nonchalant about the whole thing, and it surprised me that there is actually a lot of really strong negative reaction to being labelled with the term.

To me the term "hipster" really only implied a strong and -whether pointedly or not- anti-mainstream aesthetic sense and an interest or natural inclination towards a worldview largely informed by post-modernist theory. It turns out I'm totally in the minority in holding this definition, and the reason that there were these crossed wires between me and the people who were genuinely offended at the label was because to them (and most), being a hipster implied, among several other distasteful traits, a casual appropriation of sub-cultural signifiers with no notice paid to underlying ideological or aesthetic context, and an extremely superficial and fickle engagement with matters of art and taste.

As it turns out, I've been completely wrong about what a hipster is and what it means to be a hipster. I'm not a hipster, Liturgy are hipsters. And although we may seemingly have a lot in common, based on shared interests, the difference lays entirely in motivation.

I'm sorry if I've called you a hipster, anybody. I now realise what an egregious thing that is to do, and it took Hunter Hunt-Hendrix to do it.

You are probably not a hipster! You probably like the things you like because you like them!
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Inlander on 06 Apr 2011, 18:36
I'll only accept it if you call me an angel-headed hipster.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 18:58
At this point, in the wider world, the term "hipster" is more or less a more polite term for "fag". The only solid defining characteristics I can glean from its seemingly random use are negative - that is, hipsters are defined by what they're not. And generally, what they're not is typically masculine - thin, fashionable, given to unapolagetic outre tastes, listens to "sensitive music", went to college, doesn't have a real job. Might as well be a fag. There are better, potentially useful definitions - you have to have some sort of term for someone who seems unusually and insincerely preoccupied with affectations and social signifiers (ie the classic buddy-holly-glasses-sans-lenses and finger moustache tattoos [remember those?]) - but hardly anyone seems to use it outside of "geek who I don't like" contexts.

That said, it doesn't seem to me as though Hunt-Hendrix is insincere. Quite the contrary, he really truly believes his own hype, and the veracity / potency of his music as philosophical text. That's less hipsterism than it is good old-fashioned megalomania.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Christophe on 06 Apr 2011, 19:00
1. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: White Metal.

2. As far as I know, there's only one room in this world for a dude with three alliterated names, and I highly doubt that Mr. Transcendental White Metal knows how to do a pedigree.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Christophe on 06 Apr 2011, 19:01
Like when I first saw this video I thought this was the new project of the guitarist dude who quit Attack Attack!.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 19:07
Heh, Oval's doing a split LP with these dudes for Record Store Day. Didn't think I could get more ambivalent about that dude.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 19:07
Can you imagine how insufferable this guy will be in 20 years? God I hope he comes to his senses.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: JD on 06 Apr 2011, 19:10
HHH looks like Bill Hader.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 19:34
Oh my God this guy
Quote from: NYTimes
“Transcendental Black Metal,” a lecture by Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, the young singer and guitarist of the Brooklyn band Liturgy, gave the Nordic black-metal tradition a stern challenge, and amounted to an artistic manifesto for his own band. He discussed how America represents “dignity, freedom, renewal and hybridization,” and suggested that these qualities could be represented in a new form of black metal. He proposed a new rhythm to replace the blast beat: the “burst beat,” by which rhythm can contract and expand in time, as in free jazz. He cited Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and Ornette Coleman’s “Skies of America” as philosophical models, with their “joyful experience of the continuity of existence.” He talked of “life and hypertrophy” replacing “death and atrophy,” and in his own way he was as nonnegotiable as Ovskum: “Our affirmation is a refusal to deny.”

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During a Q. and A. period Mr. Hunt-Hendrix was challenged by Scott Wilson, a professor from Lancaster University, who, like Mr. Scott, had traveled from England to attend the conference. Mr. Wilson wondered, skeptically, if transcendentalist black metal just boiled down to “all you need is love.”

“I’m not so interested in defending anything I say,” Mr. Hunt-Hendrix replied. “I only like to be judged on whether it’s interesting or not.”

Link (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/arts/music/15metal.html?pagewanted=2)
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 19:40
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“I’m not so interested in defending anything I say,” Mr. Hunt-Hendrix replied. “I only like to be judged on whether it’s interesting or not.”
Man, the kids who probably kicked the shit out of this guy as a child might have had a point.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 19:44
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He discussed how America represents “dignity, freedom, renewal and hybridization,” and suggested that these qualities could be represented in a new form of black metal.
- I literally laughed out loud at that line.

OH MY GOD GUYS

GUYS WE HAVE TO ENSURE THAT THIS GUY NEVER READS AN AYN RAND NOVEL
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 06 Apr 2011, 20:27
At this point, in the wider world, the term "hipster" is more or less a more polite term for "fag". The only solid defining characteristics I can glean from its seemingly random use are negative - that is, hipsters are defined by what they're not. And generally, what they're not is typically masculine - thin, fashionable, given to unapolagetic outre tastes, listens to "sensitive music", went to college, doesn't have a real job. Might as well be a fag. There are better, potentially useful definitions - you have to have some sort of term for someone who seems unusually and insincerely preoccupied with affectations and social signifiers (ie the classic buddy-holly-glasses-sans-lenses and finger moustache tattoos [remember those?]) - but hardly anyone seems to use it outside of "geek who I don't like" contexts.

I guess that depends on the extent to which your definition of "hipster" is influenced by your engagement with (people who might possibly be) hipsters or the outward expressions of hipsterism?

I mean, that brings up another interesting point about the recurring hipster conversation, that the term itself is a moving target that nobody can agree on at all. That's extremely dissatisfying and I was aware that it was gonna happen when I started writing that first post, but hey fuck it, it's something that's been occupying a lot of my brainspace lately and it's worth talking about if only to lend a little bit of depth to a regulation hate thread.

I guess my definition is basically a bit of inside baseball, as I said, largely informed by the fact that I share a lot of the stereotypical interests of hipsters but (I'd like to think) a different set of motivations. To the average mainstream-type person, definitions of hipsterism perhaps have a little less nuance, I imagine as a result not spending an awful lot of time thinking about the subject.

That said, it doesn't seem to me as though Hunt-Hendrix is insincere. Quite the contrary, he really truly believes his own hype, and the veracity / potency of his music as philosophical text. That's less hipsterism than it is good old-fashioned megalomania.

I don't think he's insincere with regards to his manifesto and his stupid lectures and interview soundbites, but what strikes me as particularly arch-hipster about HHH is the way in which he's appropriated the obvious aural tropes of second-wave black metal (tremolo riffs, lo-fi production, rasped vocals &c.) while abandoning a lot of the ideological underpinnings. I imagine Hunt-Hendrix sees this as a very clever juxtaposition or whatever but to me at least- if not to the wider community of actual metal fans- it comes off as simply missing the point of black metal completely, i.e; black metal sounds the way it does as a natural outgrowth of the worldview + visceral atmosphere black metal musicians are attempting to convey, as opposed to lyrics about death or decay or grimness or the wiping every trace of Christianity from the Earth simply sound good against a blast beat and a chainsaw-sounding guitar. Hunter Hunt-Hendrix is putting the cart in front of the horse.

This becomes especially problematic when you take into account the fact that when you boil it down, black metal IS its ideology. You can make black metal without buzzsaw guitars and shitty production and it's still black metal, but (arguably), you can't make black metal without covering some of the above-mentioned subject matter. Or at least being very grim.

It also doesn't hurt that Liturgy exists within a broader context of bands- almost all of them from Brooklyn, just by the way- playing at much the same kind of pantomime, as well as things like the Black Metal Symposium covered in that NYT article linked above -which took place in, surprise! Brooklyn!-. I have a feeling that Liturgy wouldn't come in for quite as much of a beating if they weren't seen by the wider metal community as being the most laughable and easy-to-mock example of a score of bands and artists who, in the eyes of said wider community, just don't get it. At all. Add to that the way that metalheads in general are a pretty insular lot who are very, very defensive about people they see as outsiders using the tools of metal music without a broader engagement in the associated lifestyle and worldview of the lifelong metalhead.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: JD on 06 Apr 2011, 20:43
Either way fuck this thread I'm gonna go listen to Ulver.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 06 Apr 2011, 20:50
i wonder if that argument's a bit specious though, dovey. it certainly strikes me as problematic that one must share x worldview to play y music. even something like straight-edge hardcore has heterogeneity in that regard, since some bands are decidedly more posi about it than others. some bands are christian! i don't see what makes black metal so special, other than its community is like somewhat notoriously curmudgeonly and resistant to basically any kind of change.

i also think it's kind of silly to take off on this guy because he has the audacity to have thought about his music, or to have ideas about what he might be able to accomplish. call me crazy but i think the word for that isn't megalomania, it's ambition. it strikes me as kind of ridiculous to take offense at that.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: JD on 06 Apr 2011, 20:52
Hardcore and punk in general is a bit different because it's driving tenet is that anyone can regardless of talent can contribute to the scene.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: JD on 06 Apr 2011, 20:54
Or as Pg.99 said (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mahS6DCwy_U)
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 06 Apr 2011, 20:59
Hardcore and punk in general is a bit different because it's driving tenet is that anyone can regardless of talent can contribute to the scene.

sure but that's why i localized it down to straight-edge hardcore, which in terms of having 1) extremely obvious stylistic markers and 2) an intense and tight-knit and frankly fairly insular community shares some elements with black metal. plus you have to be straight-edge, which like right off the bat even makes it more clearly ideologically defined than black metal. but there are different ideologies behind being straight-edge, is my point, and so even within that way more rigid guideline you won't see people knocking bands for not being "posi" enough or whatever, not at least without getting called out seriously. with black metal, and in this thread, that's reversed, and like i honestly can't think of another similar community so i can't think of anywhere else that happens. sorry, black metal music! you don't get or really honestly deserve special treatment in that regard. anyone can play you. they just have to not suck.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: tommydski on 06 Apr 2011, 21:02
Brooklyn based...

Could basically stop reading at this point.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 06 Apr 2011, 21:03
and i mean jd if we want to broaden it out to all of punk and hardcore then black metal loses there again because you won't find anyone saying that people "aren't a real hardcore band" if they're posi and don't hate the government and punk is like ridiculously broad along the ideological spectrum! the point is that anyone can play whatever music they want and if they have a different worldview than the conservative old guard then who cares whatever those guys are gonna eventually wind up on the losing side of history as being the guys who were resistant to change.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 21:11
i also think it's kind of silly to take off on this guy because he has the audacity to have thought about his music, or to have ideas about what he might be able to accomplish. call me crazy but i think the word for that isn't megalomania, it's ambition. it strikes me as kind of ridiculous to take offense at that.
It's mainly the combination of the fact that (as Dovey pointed out) the aural elements of the band are not particularly revolutionary, and the fact that he'll write a fuckin' manifesto about the Classical significance of his music and will spout off about it at a moment's notice, but refuse to actually engage in any sort of dialog about it, saying "I’m not so interested in defending anything I say, I only like to be judged on whether it’s interesting or not." I don't care how "ambitious" he is, he's got the attitude of a monumentally precocious teenager (and one hopes will grow out of such nonsense, but the adulation he's getting may well delay it). You've been in a few philosophy classes, you remember that one guy who would always argue incoherently with the prof in the middle of class over some tangent and get defensive when called out? Well, that guy has a band now, and he wants to tell you all about how his music perfectly evokes what America means. He's written a manifesto! He's an important thinker! We have to take him seriously!

Plus from where I'm sitting it seems like this guy isn't trying to claim that he's making Black Metal, he's claiming to be improving Black Metal. He's salvaging it. He's inviting shit in that respect. The Black Metal tag is obvs beneath Liturgy. Hence the "transcendent metal" part. If you want to call that ambition, go ahead. I'll call it amazing, amazing hubris, and I'll root for the kid to get his comeuppance.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: JimmyJazz on 06 Apr 2011, 21:17
I mean c'mon, he calls his music "transcendental black metal" which is the most megalomaniacal genre-name I've ever heard
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 21:19
See, but does it black metal that is transcendental, or is it metal that transcends black? (You get what I mean there)

Ugh I need to be writing this paper but this guy is just too juicy a target

Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: JD on 06 Apr 2011, 21:21
and i mean jd if we want to broaden it out to all of punk and hardcore then black metal loses there again because you won't find anyone saying that people "aren't a real hardcore band" if they're posi and don't hate the government and punk is like ridiculously broad along the ideological spectrum! the point is that anyone can play whatever music they want and if they have a different worldview than the conservative old guard then who cares whatever those guys are gonna eventually wind up on the losing side of history as being the guys who were resistant to change.

Well if you're thinking about 70s or 80s hardcore you may have a point but punk's broadened a bit since the 90s. I don't know if it's the same for black metal since I don't listen to much metal pre 90s.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: JD on 06 Apr 2011, 21:22
I mean c'mon, he calls his music "transcendental black metal" which is the most megalomaniacal genre-name I've ever heard
One of the links Kveep posted called it metallic math rock which I think is a much better descriptor.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 06 Apr 2011, 21:28
i wonder if that argument's a bit specious though, dovey. it certainly strikes me as problematic that one must share x worldview to play y music.

Well it's not like every black metal musician has to actually believe what he's saying. I'm not sure what's controversial about saying that black metal is largely defined by non-musical concerns. I'm not theorising in the abstract here, this is based on the acknowledged corpus of works which are popularly defined as being "black metal", and which is defined more by lyrical content or admittedly more ephemeral things like "atmosphere" or "tone". In other words, you can completely omit all of the musical components which to the casual observer seem like the very cornerstones of black metal- lo-fi production, blast beats, tremolo riffs- and still be making black metal. It's not like it's even THAT specific. The acceptable parameters to be making black metal are pretty broad and well-trodden but what Liturgy are doing is not just outside of those bounds but quite pointedly and deliberately opposite to that.

Like, honestly I think maybe you misunderstand the extent to which I'm positing black metal has to be orthodox, or the narrowness of what is acceptable.

It's actually a lot closer to the example you give about xSxExHxCx, i.e;

you have to be grim... but there are different ideologies behind being grim
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 21:29
I mean c'mon, he calls his music "transcendental black metal" which is the most megalomaniacal genre-name I've ever heard
One of the links Kveep posted called it metallic math rock which I think is a much better descriptor.
But if you call it that, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix doesn't get to feel like the brilliant musical revolutionary he plainly is.

Personally I'd call it, I don't know, blackened prog metal?
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 06 Apr 2011, 21:34
I'm not sure what's controversial about saying that black metal is largely defined by non-musical concerns.

that it's a thing that basically makes black metal special and privileged? that it's a thing of exclusion that basically doesn't make any sense cause it has nothing to do with like the music itself? the idea that saying "you can only be grim to make it" is non-controversial should precisely be a thing of controversy because it implies that you can't challenge norms within it which is like total baloney.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 21:42
Dude Johnny that's how music is now, because of the internet. really (http://www.pendu.org/mag/2010/11/08/genesis-of-genre-witch-house/).

Quote
The point of this whole piece is that something new has happened here for the music world. We now live in a world where genres aren’t controlled by elite media writers or journalists who get to coin new music terms like they did in the past with weak names that we now use everyday such as Shoegaze, Grunge, etc. This may be a good thing… just maybe. In this case, this genre was spread virally starting with one person using tagging as a method to define a genre. Once it was tagged and others had found it, it was a matter of others accepting this genre as a reality and then it became a reality. Fake Genre or Real Genre?; there is no difference anymore.

Liturgy - The Salem of Transcendent Black Metal??
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 06 Apr 2011, 21:44
i have no idea what you're saying or how it like counters my point unless you're making an argument against genre???
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 06 Apr 2011, 21:45
or unless you're saying that average listeners define genre but like that's a whole different solipsistic & self-absorbed kettle of fish
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 06 Apr 2011, 21:46
also a lot of the argument against this dude's idea that he's making black metal boils down to a "no trve scotsman," you guys realize that right
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 21:48
I DON'T CARE IF HE'S MAKING BLACK METAL OR NOT

THE DUDE IS A GIANT WALKING TWAT DO YOU UNDERSTAND

A TWAT
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 06 Apr 2011, 21:49
sure but i don't much like your reasoning for why he's a twat because they seem to be that he's read a book once maybe
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 21:50
sure but i don't much like your reasoning for why he's a twat because they seem to be that he's thought he read a book once maybe
ftfy

Seriously is using big words all it takes to be considered a public intellectual

If so why haven't I been recognized yet
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 06 Apr 2011, 21:50
i mean "look at this american guy from brooklyn who spoke about his music in public at a symposium in academic terms" is basically the gist of it and you can probably guess the top three reasons at least that i'm uncomfortable with that being a problem with a musician
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 21:55
I am actually seriously astounded that you're calling me an anti-intellectual for making fun of this guy. I really am.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 06 Apr 2011, 21:56
And I mean it's established fact that metal is ridiculously exclusionary and insular and elitist which just comes along with the territory and I don't think we have to take it all that seriously in that respect. I try to be as aware of that as possible and I feel more than a little self-conscious at appearing to be falling into that whole trope of the "that shit's not metal, fag" guy on like such as metalsucks.net or Encyclopedia Metallum or whatever but in this case Hunt-Hendrix is actually being really loud + proud about the fact that he is subverting a lot of the basic identifying marks of black metal.

The problem with this is how he thinks he is being revolutionary and, yes, improving or transcending the limits of what metal as currently constituted is capable of, but what he's actually doing is neutering metal's appeal and power. I think maybe he's not realising that the genre didn't come by it's conventions by accident? As I said before, second-wave black metal sounds the way it sounds for very deliberate reasons, because that is what the pioneering practitioners of the style felt was the most effective way of conveying what they wanted conveyed. And as the genre aged, other bands made music that shared very little of those stylistic markers (or none at all), but was still recognisably "black metal" based on a shared foundation and desire to evoke certain moods and responses. When Hunter Hunt-Hendrix plays desolate, grim, dark music and later intellectualises it as being about "life and hyperthrophy" or whatever his quote was, it just comes off as being pretty confused and conflicted and at cross-purposes to itself and yes, stupid and ripe for parody.

that it's a thing that basically makes black metal special and privileged? that it's a thing of exclusion that basically doesn't make any sense cause it has nothing to do with like the music itself? the idea that saying "you can only be grim to make it" is non-controversial should precisely be a thing of controversy because it implies that you can't challenge norms within it which is like total baloney.

This is a weird thing to say! Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't we just recently have the conversation about how punk rock can be an awful lot of things musically, from one acoustic guitar to the standard electric guitar-bass-drums thing to like a whole fucking gypsy klezmer ensemble but they're all united by an ethos or an attitude? Once again, my memory may be misleading me here but I seem to remember we were in agreement on that point. Black metal isn't privileged in this position at all.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 06 Apr 2011, 21:56
Hey fuck you guys for posting so fast, all my shit be redundant now fuck
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 06 Apr 2011, 22:07
also a lot of the argument against this dude's idea that he's making black metal boils down to a "no trve scotsman," you guys realize that right

No you're totally correct and I feel a little ashamed that that's what the conversation degenerated to because it's tangential at best to the actual heart of this, which is as such: Hunter Hunt-Hendrix is an incredibly silly motherfucker and that is not because he is making music that he calls black metal but really isn't, but because he is making music which superficially resembles black metal music but lacks any of the heft which made black metal vital and interesting in the first place, and then proceeds to deliver lectures and manifestos about said hollow, overwrought pantomime in which he strongly implies that his method is actually the most valid expression of the form to date, and does so in language that is self-consciously "intellectual" and needlessly opaque in extremis, once again in direct juxtaposition to everything that is interesting about black metal. Like, he couldn't have missed the mark any more if he tried.

And that is fucking HILARIOUS
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 06 Apr 2011, 22:08
I'm sorry if this is incoherent, I feel like I'm being pretty incoherent. Thanks for hanging in there.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 06 Apr 2011, 22:19
One last thing (hopefully): I've been trying to come up with a good analogy for all this because I love analogies. What I've got so far still isn't even close to perfect but I'm gonna throw it out there and see if it sticks anyway.

Guys, remember in the early nineties, when there was a rash of factory-line major-label hip-hop dudes who rhymed about really safe subjects and just pretty much seemed anathema to everything that was interesting to hip-hop, particularly post-NWA and Public Enemy? Guys like Marky Mark and M.C. Hammer and whoever the fuck else?

I mean, they had old soul and funk samples in their songs and spoke rhythmically in rhyming couplets and wore gold chains and baggy pants, so they were nominally rap artists, but so much of what they were saying and their presentation seemed in direct opposition to everything that put rap in the center of culture in the first place.

Rap, more than the superficial stylistic indicators represents an organic and accessible form created by inner-city minorities to allow them to accurately express what they wanted to, and guys like Marky Mark represented something that, while sounding superficially similar to, say, Grandmaster Flash, ultimately represented a very suburban viewpoint.

Basically what I am saying is that Liturgy is the black metal Funky Bunch
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: JD on 06 Apr 2011, 22:42
Liturgy just takes the fun out of black metal?
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: JD on 06 Apr 2011, 22:43
what the fuck does liturgy mean anyway
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 06 Apr 2011, 22:43
i mean "look at this american guy from brooklyn who spoke about his music in public at a symposium in academic terms" is basically the gist of it and you can probably guess the top three reasons at least that i'm uncomfortable with that being a problem with a musician
Like I never brought up the fact that this guy was from Brooklyn, or an American? Neither of those things really matter. Dovey brought up Brooklyn and so did Tommy, but I didn't. I'm pretty taken aback by your lack of reading comprehension here.

And no, really, come on, I fuckin' refuse to believe that you are totally oblivious to why I might find this guy extremely pompous. Listen to what he says from here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=kA_p2RLfpsk#t=67s), where he says "we're taking black metal as seriously as possible", like people who play black metal don't take it seriously and the genre's just been waiting for a real musician like him to come and make it real. I don't even like black metal! But I know that the people who love it take it very seriously, and to imply that the genre is somehow not serious is pretty fucking insulting to them, and I think he talks like an absolute dickhole there, and in many other places.

But ultimately, I'm not so interested in defending anything I have to say. I only like to be judged on whether it's interesting or not. I'm an American, I have read books.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: JimmyJazz on 06 Apr 2011, 22:50
what the fuck does liturgy mean anyway

Viola. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liturgy)
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: tommydski on 06 Apr 2011, 23:07
I understand what both of you are saying but I think I lean more towards John's attitude simply because the notion of Pitchfork hyping a Brooklyn based Black Metal band is deeply amusing. Black Metal was largely a European based genre of music and the imagery and theatrics of the scene are essentially an integral part of the movement. Regardless of what you think about it, there is existing heritage to consider and the fact that this is a bunch of Hipster types who have roundly jettisoned most of the elements but claim to have near enough literally transcended the genre they are quite blatantly aping. In reality, their music is unremarkable compared to the many, many existing Black Metal bands you can already find in North America, let alone Europe.

The only reason we're hearing about them is they're not wearing corpse paint, they live in a Hipster Mecca and thus, Pitchfork takes them seriously.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KharBevNor on 06 Apr 2011, 23:09
The thing I really love about this is that it seems, from the stuff the guy is saying, that he really isn't keeping up on what's been going on in black metal in the last decade. Legions of black and post-black metal bands have been doing everything he says (even with regards to the America thing, look at the cascadian scene). I mean gods, USBM has been around almost as long as Norwegian BM.

With regards to what black metal is, I'd say that the idea that black metal is ideology is false. Black metal is about atmosphere; it's almost more of a mode than a genre, a texture that can be added to other things quite freely. There are many indicators that build into it; certain guitar tones, certain riffing patterns, a particular quality of vocals or of production, none of which have to be present.

Also, what exactly makes the metal scene exclusionary? The fact that its supporters insist on clearly defining what metal is? The fact that you are expected to have some sort of basic knowledge before you start shooting your mouth off? How does this make it different to any music scene, except for the fact that metal is an enormously broad church. You'll find someone who'll scoff at anything, but an overarching genre that can pull in material ranging from Saint Vitus to Finntroll, Aborym to Moonspell, Mekong Delta to Gnaw Their Tongues, Orange Goblin to Vlad Tepes is hardly the most exclusionary going. If the term metal can be stretched to mean anything, then it is a meaningless term; to make the term meaningless denies its deeply meaningful connections with the international metal community, with the people who sustain it. The reason the 'metal hipster' (a sterotype made flesh in this guy) is reviled is because he is a cultural appropriator; he takes things from the metal community and doesn't give in return. He destroys the meaning we hold dear.  
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 06 Apr 2011, 23:16
i mean "look at this american guy from brooklyn who spoke about his music in public at a symposium in academic terms" is basically the gist of it and you can probably guess the top three reasons at least that i'm uncomfortable with that being a problem with a musician
Like I never brought up the fact that this guy was from Brooklyn, or an American? Neither of those things really matter. Dovey brought up Brooklyn and so did Tommy, but I didn't. I'm pretty taken aback by your lack of reading comprehension here.

And I was definitely very conscious of the can of worms I was potentially opening by even mentioning Brooklyn in the parenthetical but I stand by it based on the context in which it was brought up, namely that;

-Liturgy is one band of many from the area that are engaging in the appropriation of black metal tropes while blatantly (or iconoclastically, if you listen to what Hunter Hunt-Hendrix has to say) refusing to engage with the genre's less obvious but arguably more important signifiers, as well as the site of a fucking symposium in black metal
- Brooklyn seems to specialise in this sort of thing, and it's not like black metal is the only style that gets this treatment from Brooklyn-types. It's probably more embarrassing when you've got private-school educated white kids donning Native American head-dresses or doing chopped-and-screwed minstrel shows, but not by much.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: sean on 06 Apr 2011, 23:26
oh geez i havent read this whole thead (im kinda drunk) but i skimmed the beginning posts and feel i have things to say, sorry if this has been covered.

first off, the dude who fronts this band is fucking retarded. i watched a video of the dude who fronts this band talking the other day (sam posted it on fb) and holy fuck he is goddamn retarded. he was talking about his "band manifesto" and how he feels his music is analogous to "orchestral string music" due to tremolo picking, which is enough to convince me this dude has no fucking clue about what he is talking about. i mean, the point of white metal i noticed was made (pussy black metal, black metal implies certain themes+whatnot) which i totally agree with. i dont necessarily agree the core themes need to be honored (nihilism, anti-christianity, whatever) but i feel, as is with the punk rock community, there is a certain degree of respect of yr own personal ideologies and knowing about them and not sounding like a fucktard if you choose to express those ideas, which the guy who fronts this band is incapable of doing. really when he talks about his "band manifesto" he sounds like a fucking idiot. WHO HAS A FUCKING BAND MANIFEST REALLY ARE YOU TRYING TO SOUND LIKE A COMPLETE DOUCHE BAG. i just have a lot of issue with the guy who fronts this band because he has terrible opinions about ideas and his music and oh god it just irritates me to no end. AND THE STRING ORCHESTRA THING OH GOD. can bands please stop comparing their music to classical composers jesus fucking shit this irritates me to no fucking end. im sorry yr band doesnt sound like bethoveen or wagner or whoever, fuck the hell off. yr in a band with guitars, not a full symphony, and yr not using the same harmonic language as whoever composer yr trying to imitate is so fuck off. (sorry, bands that say this really piss me off). plus romantics suck, dont try to be like them they are terrible.

I'm sorry if any/all of these points have been made/refuted, i saw this thread and felt a need to speak my mind. i just fucking hate this band.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: tommydski on 06 Apr 2011, 23:33
The Vampire Weekend of Black Metal.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 06 Apr 2011, 23:36
With regards to what black metal is, I'd say that the idea that black metal is ideology is false. Black metal is about atmosphere; it's almost more of a mode than a genre, a texture that can be added to other things quite freely. There are many indicators that build into it; certain guitar tones, certain riffing patterns, a particular quality of vocals or of production, none of which have to be present.

I kind of cringed a little every time I found myself using the term "ideology" in this thread because it's definitely a loaded term but on the other hand I wanted to shy away from leaning too heavily on something like "atmosphere" too because it's inexact and such a hard thing to quantify.

And I think that the basis of black metal as commonly constituted is ideological, although probably not in the way most people would assume (i.e; something to do with Nazis or burning churches or Asatru). I mean more in the way that black metal was very consciously a response to the direction of other prominent metal sub-genres. What's the line? "No fun, no mosh, no 'core"? Something like that? The way that black metal interacts with the wider metal/heavy music world in general in itself is very much an ideology, and it very much informed a lot of the other things that we now consider to be indispensable characteristics of the style, both aural and otherwise.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KharBevNor on 06 Apr 2011, 23:57
No Mosh, No Core, No Trends, No Fun is the term, (Comes from old Deathlike Silence promo material iirc) but isn't even a consistent idea in the second wave. 'No Fun' hardly describes the music or sensibilities of Darkthrone, Immortal or Carpathian Forest. There is a degree to which the second wave was a reaction against the commercialisation of death metal, true. Black metal has undeniable connections to punk; there's an element of deliberate obtuseness, of sensationalism. But you can't find one consistent ideological attitude that bridges everything that is undeniably black metal. I mean, just look at the heterodoxity of the bands that formed Black Metals primary influences, both in terms of ideology, artistic approach and sound: Venom, Mercyful Fate, Sarcofago, Death SS, Hellhammer, etc.

No, I think to come to some definition of black metal you have to find something aesthetic, because that's after all what black metal is. It might be something about evil and the sublime; I'll get back to you once I've though about it more.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Lummer on 07 Apr 2011, 02:16
The funny thing for me is this:

The band came through Denmark some months ago, and played two shows in two cities; Aalborg and Copenhagen.

My best friend Mads lives in Aalborg and saw them there. He then texted me that it was an awesome show, even though they looked like a bunch of hipsters, what with HHH in a purple v-neck sweater and whatnot, but they played their asses off. What strikes me as funny now though, is the fact that he said "It sounds just like old Ulver!" which made it an easy sell for me in any case. Little did I know then, that this pretentious little twat thinks he's reinventing the genre completely by sounding like two albums that came out 16 years ago.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Lummer on 07 Apr 2011, 03:07
Though, in all fairness, they DID play their asses off and I liked the show, and I like the album too, but revolutionary this AIN'T.

Deathspell Omega, though...
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: tommydski on 07 Apr 2011, 03:26
That's kind of my issue. They are an acceptable metal band but they're not doing anything particularly new. There are scores of extreme metal bands in their country, let alone in Europe and the rest of the world. They are like two to three decades after the fact. It seems sort of arrogant to exploit the naivety of your audience by making out that what you're doing is revolutionary when in actuality it's a clear continuation of an existing genre of music.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Lummer on 07 Apr 2011, 06:37
Norwegians With Attitude - "Straight Outta Blashyrkh"
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Vuk on 07 Apr 2011, 09:04
Oh man, I watched their Scion 2011 interview, and they all look/sound like the biggest douchebags ever. Usually I'm not one to avoid listening to a band because its members suck, but this is just too much.

Haha, I just read the article KvP posted. I don't think it's possible for this guy to embarrass himself any more than he has.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 11 Apr 2011, 14:16
Guys, Aesthetica is out today! Say goodbye to the so-called "metal" of the past, for soon you will not remember it.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: SWOON! at My Gravitas on 11 Apr 2011, 17:18
(http://i.imgur.com/XW5Aq.png)
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: StaedlerMars on 12 Apr 2011, 00:51
I may be seeing this band tonight? They are opening for Merzbow? I dunno.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Lummer on 12 Apr 2011, 00:59
They are good live. At least the singer shuts up, usually. And their drummer is fucking intense.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Melodic on 12 Apr 2011, 01:26
BIG FAN OF ROMANTICISM

RIGHT HERE
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 12 Apr 2011, 08:17
BIG FAN OF ROMANTICISMTRANSCEDENCE

RIGHT HERE
ftfy
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 12 Apr 2011, 10:19
He's a fan of both John, although to be fair, his Stravinsky phase was a long time ago.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 12 Apr 2011, 11:14
BIG FAN OF ROMANTICISM

RIGHT HERE

that's maybe why i'm so unfazed about the idea that his music might actually just sound fairly boilerplate. it's not like wordsworth straight up invented either blank verse or writing about nature/memory
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Zingoleb on 12 Apr 2011, 12:02
BIG FAN OF ROMANTICISMTRANSCEDENCE

RIGHT HERE
ftfy

okay what does ftfy mean? it took forever for me to figure out 'fyp' wasn't 'fixed your post' but I keep seeing ftfy as 'fuck that, fuck you'.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 12 Apr 2011, 12:03
similarly, "ftfy" stands for "fixed that for you", i.e; taking the douchelevel of "fyp" and cranking it round til the dial snaps off
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: StaedlerMars on 13 Apr 2011, 02:12
I always read fyp as Fuck Your Post and qft as Quit Fucking Talking.

I think this probably says a lot about me.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Inlander on 13 Apr 2011, 02:24
it took forever for me to figure out 'fyp' wasn't 'fixed your post'

It isn't?!
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Chad K. on 14 Apr 2011, 07:42
Let me preface this by saying that I read the interviews and watched the video and found them to be pretty pretentious. I'm also not crazy about the music.  But, I think that these guys are being saddled with things they aren't actually saying.  I didn't see anything about "fixing" black metal or "transcending" black metal.  They're pretty consistent in talking about a transcendent "in the moment" experience.

It reminds me of interviews and books from the bop and free jazz era in the 50's following the big band era.  If you've ever tried playing free jazz or improv music, you play whatever seems like it will work in the moment with minimal structure or forethought.  The strange thing is, you will start to find that the musicians you are playing with will anticipate or have the same thoughts at the same time in terms of when to change, fills, dynamics, etc.  It's a hard experience to explain, but it is pretty amazing when it works.   The 50's beat writers talked about that experience as transcendence.  In fact, the word "beat," though often thought to refer to rhythm, is rumored to have been coined by Jack Kerouac as a shortened form of "beatific," which is a communion with god.  Kerouac was a french Catholic, which has a tradition of "beatific visions."  He applied that idea to the Jazz music of his day, i.e. the musicians are having an experience that transcends the music.

I believe this band is saying the same thing.  Essentially, they seem to be saying that black metal, like big band, is good music, but has a lot of structure and emphasis on technicality that can obscure some of the emotion.  They are just stripping away some of the song structure aside from chord changes, as a means of getting a more emotional "in the moment" response.  But instead of saying "We like to keep it loose because it's fun and it's cool when we're all on the same page" they said "Like, I wrote a manifesto, like."
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Chad K. on 14 Apr 2011, 12:21
Which is why I'm not crazy about it.  It's funny, because they cite to Ornette Coleman as an influence, but I don't think they have any understanding of the principles behind what Coleman or other improv and freeform musicians are trying to accomplish.  It's not the pretension, it's the lack of execution which is made worse by the pretension.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 14 Apr 2011, 20:17
Yeah I'm pretty sure this thread collectively arrived at that point like, twice already? I mean, it's not like people her have no time for insane overboard pontificating about music-type stuff (see: this thread, see also: every other thread). It's the contrast between the high-mindedness of the rhetoric and the utter mediocrity of the songwriting.

Not to mention that aside from HHH not really having anything but a cursory understanding of what motivates and makes Ornette Coleman special, he also lacks similar understanding of literally everything else he namedrops too.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: SWOON! at My Gravitas on 14 Apr 2011, 20:41
I remember him name-dropping Ildjarn in an interview, was all "really man, there is nobody that you are fooling"
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KharBevNor on 14 Apr 2011, 22:22
I'm mildly intrigued if this guy realises to what extent black metal exists as an evolving, ever-changing global genre.

Also, I thought about it more and I was thinking that maybe the major theme of black metal is the dissolution of the self or the dissolution of the self of others, either via death, submission or sublimation into a greater whole.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: tommydski on 15 Apr 2011, 13:52
Not to mention that aside from HHH not really having anything but a cursory understanding of what motivates and makes Ornette Coleman special, he also lacks similar understanding of literally everything else he namedrops too.

I'm kind of embarrassed that none of us thought to post this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzcBuHMsHSI&NR=1) on the first page really.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Damnable Fiend on 16 Apr 2011, 13:54
there seem to be a few people in here who are taking it for granted that black metal has an ideology of racism/homophobia and burning churches.  That hasn't ever been true.  While those things have been a part of black metal, I don't think they've ever been what defines it.  I think it's more about alienation, the sublime in nature, and getting back to one's roots (which admittedly sometimes can be a cover for racism).

see: Bathory, Agalloch, Summoning, Darkspace etc.

also I misread what kvp was posting, and assumed that "fify" meant "fuck it, fuck you".  maybe I'm a bad person

really, though, I can't help thinking of this guy as just another American hipster douche who thinks metalheads all listen to KISS and that he's above the rest of us for having discovered a few underground bands.

edit: sorry, I didn't read the entire thread before posting.  umm, basically what khar said, better than I did.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: kwami42 on 16 Apr 2011, 14:36
I was at my local record store for RSD and some guy next to me held up a copy of Aesthetica to his friend and said "Do you like black metal?  These guys are like, cutting-edge."  I was so close to bursting out laughing.

Edit: Could have been their first record actually, all I saw was 'Liturgy' on the front, but still
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: SWOON! at My Gravitas on 16 Apr 2011, 15:04
'Glass Earth' might just be the most irritating track I have ever heard
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Tom on 16 Apr 2011, 16:32
Black Metal seems to owe something to gothic Romanticism, doesn't it.

I was at my local record store for RSD and some guy next to me held up a copy of Aesthetica to his friend and said "Do you like black metal?  These guys are like, cutting-edge."  I was so close to bursting out laughing.

You're a better person than me. I laughed at a middle aged lady as she was eagerly exploring a copy of The Fountainhead in Borders.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 16 Apr 2011, 19:57
The RSD day thing was a split single with 90's glitch dude Oval. I laughed when I saw it too.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KharBevNor on 16 Apr 2011, 23:49
Black Metal seems to owe something to gothic Romanticism, doesn't it.

Some more than others. The Cyber Black and Space Black sub-subgenres don't really have anything to do with the gothic or romantic, for example.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: tommydski on 17 Apr 2011, 04:46
there seem to be a few people in here who are taking it for granted that black metal has an ideology of racism/homophobia and burning churches.

I understand the assumption but I think this is actually the first time any of this has been mentioned.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 17 Apr 2011, 08:03
Except for when I mentioned it specifically to negate it
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Akima on 17 Apr 2011, 17:36
i mean "look at this american guy from brooklyn who spoke about his music in public at a symposium in academic terms" is basically the gist of it and you can probably guess the top three reasons at least that i'm uncomfortable with that being a problem with a musician
I hope I'm not factoring in nationalism or snobbery about Brooklyn in my judgement of this guy, but I'm suspicious of artists who aren't prepared just to let their art speak for them. Does good art need turgid academic prose to validate it or something? Why does he feel we need to be told what the music is about? Shouldn't the music do that?
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 17 Apr 2011, 18:01
you don't have to listen to them then! but i'm always fascinated by artists talking about their art – i usually find it insightful or interesting, and it often gives me a perspective that i think is an important one to consider. i'd rather artists did think about what their art says. the good ones always seem to.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 17 Apr 2011, 18:47
i'm actually deliberately not because i still haven't sat down and listened to a liturgy song. i just find the whole "the author is dead the art is the only thing that can and should speak" to be like horribly reactionary + rooted in weird 60s revolutionary art ideology that like fifty years later i think it seems weird to be stuck on.

and – so what if someone like pollock knows what he wanted to do with splashes of paint? why is there a problem with that? why is the artist's perspective somehow bad as opposed to, say, if you saw it in person and turned to a friend and said "there's a lot of [x emotion] that i get out of this"? said friend would start to think about it in those terms. when i'm that friend, i usually appreciate that. it's why i read record and film reviews and criticism. i find that stuff interesting.

it's totally fine if you don't find it interesting! but those things don't necessarily devalue the art, nahmean?
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Akima on 17 Apr 2011, 19:58
i'd rather artists did think about what their art says.
Oh absolutely yes! I just feel that it is the art-work that should express it, not the liner-notes.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 17 Apr 2011, 20:11
that's fine! i think it's mainly a matter of preference. i'm okay with artists explicating what they mean to do, and in fact i actually usually like it, but that's probably because i come from like an academic background in western literature, where that's kind of the norm, partially because of tradition and partially because the people drawn to creating western lit can't shut up (case in point, this post).
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: tommydski on 17 Apr 2011, 21:20
Since all art is subjective, the usefulness of explanation or description is basically defined by the audience. If you like the art, you might be glad that it exists. If not, it doesn't really matter.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 17 Apr 2011, 22:07
i dunno about that, necessarily! there's a lot i've been convinced to re-evaluate after hearing people talk about it.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Koremora on 17 Apr 2011, 22:09
Gonna have to agree with Johnny there. My enjoyment of a lot of bands has been framed by my understanding of them, and my understanding of a lot of bands has been influenced by reading what they or others think about their work or the meaning of their work.

I think context is extremely important for music and I don't think it is pretentious for an artist or musician to attempt to give their work the context that it was intended to have.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: JimmyJazz on 17 Apr 2011, 22:28
While I also agree context is important, I think it's unfair how certain people feel entitled to a thorough and/or academic discussion on the art by the artist. If an musician wants to spend time disclosing their views on their art to the public, then they should! As avid music lover I'll be interested in what they have to say as well the effect it will have on my listening experience. But if they want to let the music speak for itself, then the audience doesn't have a right to demand an explanation. As Martin Scorcese said when asked to describe the point of Taxi Driver; "If I could articulate it, I wouldn't have made the picture."
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Koremora on 17 Apr 2011, 22:47
Definitely. Consciously choosing to not have a context for your art is as important a decision as choosing a context.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Akima on 18 Apr 2011, 02:43
"If I could articulate it, I wouldn't have made the picture."
Oh so very much. Or, in a musical context, as Louis Armstrong put it: "Man, if you gotta ask, you'll never know."
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: StaedlerMars on 18 Apr 2011, 04:31
i dunno about that, necessarily! there's a lot i've been convinced to re-evaluate after hearing people talk about it.

eg. Silkworm
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: michaelicious on 18 Apr 2011, 06:19
Just because a book isn't Ulysses doesn't mean it's not worth a critical analysis. I might go further to say that it is even a bit irresponsible to not read 'teen-lit' critically*. It may not be High Modernism, but all these books about vampires and shit still participate in the cultural narrative of late capitalist adolescence. It would actually be pretty interesting to trace how that narrative has changed since teens became a significant demographic like fifty years ago.

*Not that I am saying people should go out of their way to read it if they don't want to.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KharBevNor on 18 Apr 2011, 07:05
i'm actually deliberately not because i still haven't sat down and listened to a liturgy song. i just find the whole "the author is dead the art is the only thing that can and should speak" to be like horribly reactionary + rooted in weird 60s revolutionary art ideology that like fifty years later i think it seems weird to be stuck on.

How is it reactionary? Also, the general idea these days is not that the author's opinion is meaningless but that it is not priviliged over the opinions of audience and critics. And that you like criticism, so...?
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 18 Apr 2011, 09:35
It's a total strawman to act like the reason we are dumping on the guy is simply because he has the temerity to talk about his work. The reason Liturgy is so goddamned hilarious is because the dude's rhetoric is a million miles away from his music, because he draws on a whole bunch of other texts which I think he perceives to be really high-minded but are in fact pretty obvious (seriously man, congratulations on invoking Stravinsky in a talk about a metal band, 'cos like that's never ever been done before) and really the whole thing just stinks of that whole teenager thing of grabbing at whatever you can and tossing them together in some hodgepodge manner in an attempt to make yr shitty little milieu seem more important + relevant than it actually is except this guy isn't a teenager, he's a grown-ass man and his band makes records and is on a label and gets covered by major media outlets and he gets to deliver his poorly-informed attempts at intellectualising at fucking symposia.

Seriously JohnnyC, go and listen to a Liturgy tune, and then tell me if you hear all of the influences HHH tosses around. Honestly, there's a good chance you'd find it funnier than most people, seeing as you've read this much about the dude's pontificating without hearing a note of music, I imagine you've probably built up some amount of expectations re: the music and it's gotta be fun seeing those expectations so thoroughly debunked.

tuathal's pretty much on the right track even if his opinions on Jackson Pollock be some bullshit
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: tommydski on 18 Apr 2011, 11:53
Coldplay are safe, bland and boring. The very definition of conventional.

By comparison, Pollock's art is esoteric, ambiguous and imaginative. Overall very unconventional.

It's not an apt comparison in my mind.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 18 Apr 2011, 12:17
It kinda reminds me of when I used to read Rolling Stone as a kid and there was some interview with Jonathon Davis where he cited Miles Davis as a huge influence on Korn. Sure dude. Sure.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: tommydski on 18 Apr 2011, 12:55
To be fair, lots of Black Metal musicians genuinely do take direct inspiration from classical music composers.

For me it wasn't the academic manifesto which I found funny, it was the notion that they were doing something startlingly new. They're like twenty years behind the times.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Cernunnos on 18 Apr 2011, 13:23
By comparison, Pollock's art is esoteric, ambiguous and imaginative. Overall very unconventional.

It's kind of funny, he both was and wasn't. He fits very well into Clement Greenberg's conception of high modernism, which is indeed esoteric and ambiguous, but by that token he was conventional because that movement was canonized by a well-positioned mass of critics, collectors and curators. And as Tuathal is picking up on, a lot of people really really don't like it and with good reason which I won't go into here because it's a music thread. Suffice to say, so much has been written against this artistic school of thought that its legacy has actually been reinforced by it. At the same time it's unconventional, because the visual qualities of the work were so original. All the big names- Rothko, DeKooning, motherwell, etc., look nothing like him. He's had plenty of imitators and been referenced a thousand times, but just as you always know a Rothko when you see one, you know a Pollock when you see one.

...Which is another way of saying tommy's right, the comparison to Coldplay isn't apt. You only know it's a Coldplay song because their lead singer's voice is easy to recognize.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: nufan on 18 Apr 2011, 13:28
As Martin Scorcese said when asked to describe the point of Taxi Driver; "If I could articulate it, I wouldn't have made the picture."

In a similar vein, Beethoven was asked what his Third Symphony "meant". His reply was to go over to the piano and start playing it.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: tommydski on 18 Apr 2011, 16:19
...but by that token he was conventional because that movement was canonized by a well-positioned mass of critics, collectors and curators.

This brings us full circle to tuathal's original comparison of Liturgy and Pollock being accidentally apt because that's basically my criticism of this band.

They seem to posit the notion of originality and transcendence but in fact, they are comparatively late on in the game. People have already made this music and made it better.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: De_El on 18 Apr 2011, 18:55
... that movement was canonized by a well-positioned mass of critics, collectors and curators.

Not to mention the CIA! And yet I can't really bring myself to hate them, despite the spooks propping them up.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Lummer on 19 Apr 2011, 00:39
It would be interesting to see how HHH would react if someone would play a Deathspell Omega song to him.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 19 Apr 2011, 00:58
His Deathspell Omega phase was years ago
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Lummer on 19 Apr 2011, 04:50
Well, then it doesn't really compute for me that his stuff sounds the way Black Metal did ten years before "Si Monumentum..." dropped.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Tom on 13 May 2011, 02:58
Oh dear, TMT really likes (http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/liturgy-aesthetica) this record.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 13 May 2011, 09:22
Well yeah, but they also showed their hand re: their knowledge of and attitudes towards metal in the first paragraph. Namely that they don't know dick and don't really care to try. Oh and that metal is all "thuggish brutality, reactionary conservatism, and senseless misanthropy?" and that's "self-evident". Maybe not to anyone who actually listens to metal.

So of course they fucking love the Liturgy album.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: SWOON! at My Gravitas on 13 May 2011, 09:47
The Swans comparisons irk me, because Hunter Hunt-Hendrix is the kind of person I like to think Michael Gira would loathe.

But then, he recorded a guitar part for the bonus disc of the latest Swans album, soooo

Also, Pitchfork rated Aesthetica about as well as they have ever rated a metal album.  Neither review mentions how ridiculous and annoying the song 'Glass Earth' is
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 13 May 2011, 10:02
Yeah Michael Gira, for all his other upsides, seems to have really dogshit taste in bands and musicians he chooses to support (Akron/Family blowwwssssss wooo)
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: JD on 13 May 2011, 19:23
Flux Information Sciences is rad though
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 13 May 2011, 21:04
But then, he recorded a guitar part for the bonus disc of the latest Swans album, soooo
Wait really

If I'm not scared to death of him I'm going to have Words with Gira next time he comes through (I will be scared to death)
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Tom on 13 May 2011, 21:29
Seeing that review on TMT was pretty disappointing, they were one of the few "indie" review sites I still gave a damn about.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 13 May 2011, 21:33
Everybody makes mistakes! They ain't no Cokemachineglow, that's for damned sure.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Tom on 13 May 2011, 21:45
Eurgh, so pretentious.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Nodaisho on 15 May 2011, 17:08
The album is decent, except for the pretentious bits. If you cut those out (The a capella, the stupid keyboard loop) you would have a pretty good album, minus 5-10 minutes.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 16 May 2011, 00:15
Quote from: Metalsucks
I kind of feel like this is what Steve Albini would do if he was commissioned to do a BM record??
...
Full disclosure: I’ve known the guitarist Hunter since we were both in the same English Lit grad program at Colombia
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: tommydski on 16 May 2011, 07:50
I like the idea that Steve Albini has any say at all in what bands who record with him sound like.

He's recorded a ton of metal bands and all he did was set up some mics and hit record, same as any other person who comes into the studio.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Nodaisho on 16 May 2011, 13:00
Wait, are we talking about people that record at his studio, or that hire him as a producer? I would think that a producer would have a heavier influence on the sound than that.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: David_Dovey on 16 May 2011, 13:22
Welp seeing as Albini has made a whole career out of pointedly not being a "producer" in any capacity I'm guessing it's the other thing
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Nodaisho on 16 May 2011, 17:36
Not saying you are wrong, but I've seen repeated references to the last two Weedeater albums being produced by Albini. Not sure why they would do that if they just recorded at his studio.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 16 May 2011, 17:56
Retailers and reviewers will call Albini a producer but he abhors the title and will refuse credit. I don't think he even allows it to be put in liner notes.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: tommydski on 16 May 2011, 20:08
There are hundreds of interviews online where Albiz talks about this but basically he won't have any influence over the sound of the band unless they repeatedly beg him and even then he'll just give them a bunch of options based on equipment he has available. He doesn't like or use the term producer, he's a recordist or an engineer or more likely would just like to remain uncredited entirely since he will work with basically anyone and has no influence on the sound of anyone who records with him - other than very loose notions like giving specific advice on the usage and placement of particular microphones.

In a manner of speaking, hiring Albini is a stylistic choice of sorts just because he's going to use a minimalist approach by default, unless specifically commanded to do otherwise. Beyond that, he has little to no influence on the music he is recording on any given day.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Johnny C on 16 May 2011, 21:09
well except insofar as he is really great at mic placement and making things sound like they were recorded in a room as opposed to a computer cave, plus his drums always sound really great
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Tom on 17 May 2011, 03:09
I love yr av club avatar, kveep.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 17 May 2011, 09:34
Late 80's / Early 90's-ish Gen P. Orridge w/ kabuki hitler makeup = all-time favorite
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Zingoleb on 18 May 2011, 14:53
at the risk of sounding incredibly stupid, I thought that was Tom Waits.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Tom on 18 May 2011, 16:44
talking about a different av on a different site
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Zingoleb on 19 May 2011, 19:12
 :x
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: tommydski on 10 Jun 2011, 09:01
Some dude sent HHH an open letter (http://community2.metalreview.com/blogs/editorials/archive/2011/06/08/an-open-letter-to-liturgy-s-hunter-hunt-hendrix.aspx). It's pretty funny.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 11 Jun 2011, 05:54
Ok, I've listened to a few of Liturgy's tracks now so I feel I can contribute to this, as a man currently handling the vocals of a black metal band (ok, prog. black metal but whatevs). Fuck this band. They are competent musicians but their songcraft is boring as hell. The vocals are almost comical, sure they're pretty good screeches but I don't feel any kind of emotion behind them and I've always thought black metal was supposed to be emotive as fuck. The whole thing just sounds...impotent. All I hear (and granted this is coloured by reading this thread and the dude's writing before hearing any of their music) is boring music played by boring people, completely without feeling or emotional investment in what they're doing.

Fuck. This. Band.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 14 Jun 2011, 16:22
Some dude sent HHH an open letter (http://community2.metalreview.com/blogs/editorials/archive/2011/06/08/an-open-letter-to-liturgy-s-hunter-hunt-hendrix.aspx). It's pretty funny.
I really really need a copy of Transcendental Black Metal
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 21 Jun 2011, 08:04
HHH RESPONDS (http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2011/06/liturgys_hunter.html#more)
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: KvP on 21 Jun 2011, 09:24
Really the best thing is that he goes on and never mentions Chris Grigg by name, which is super twatty! Dude should run for office.
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: SWOON! at My Gravitas on 21 Jun 2011, 10:29
Quote
All I know is that I am not the arch-enemy of the black metal community, and that the internet is a crazy thing.

I think he probably should have stopped himself here
Title: Re: LITURGY is fixing heavy metal, and there's nothing you can do to stop them
Post by: Lummer on 22 Jun 2011, 02:20
God, what an arrogant little twat. One of my friends keeps defending these guys (mainly because the drummer is a real stand-up guy) but goddamnit... This guy really needs to chill the hell out.

That said, Chris Grigg is awesome. The last Woe album kicks ass.