Thrill Jockey, being the kind souls that they are, have re-issued black metal band Liturgy’s 2009 debut, Renihilation. According to the label, they’re currently working on their next release which is due out early next year so get pumped. When Renihilation begins, you hear a multitude of voices drone, male and female, and they play for so long you almost forget that they started out as people to begin with – they begin to sound like warped woodwinds. You’d assume this is going to be a dark experimental record, with this ritualistic/ cult ambiance being set but then the black metal pours out of the cauldron abruptly which makes for an absolutely jarring juxtaposition. Liturgy releases the flood gates and the results are deafening. You can practically envision the band’s instruments set on fire from the sheer intensity exuded. Black metal can’t get any blacker than this. Check out the Spotify stream of Renihilation below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Liturgy’s debut full-length, 2009’s Renihilation, is unrelenting and hyper-focused, an astonishing balance of pure chaos and meticulous composition, and never wavering in its dedication to its own conceptual core. Even as it introduced the band to the metal community at large, Renihilation established Liturgy as a group that refused to play by the same rules that had dictated black metal aesthetics up to that point, instead blazing their own white-hot path that used black metal as a means to express something much grander, and much more elusive. It simultaneously works within and against these pre-existing forms, and even five years after its initial release, seems completely alien and unparalleled. Following the 2008 release of the Immortal Life EP, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix expanded the lineup of his “transcendental black metal” project to include guitarist Bernard Gann, bassist Tyler Dusenbury, and drummer Greg Fox. These are the first recordings of this quartet lineup, laid to tape just several months after it coalesced. Renihilation is the work of a band pushing their limits physically and musically to organically realize music that was conceived completely in the abstract.

The term Renihilation is meant to signify the negation of a negation, producing affirmation and positivity, an ideology reflected in the music. Though it is perhaps the most aggressive album in the band’s discography, at times startling so, it is not weighed down by depressive tendencies. Colin Marston’s production expertly accents the brightness in their sound. From the vocal incantations that pepper the album, offering brief respites from the onslaught, to the ferocious explosions of “Pagan Dawn,” “Ecstatic Rite” and the title track, Renihilation is the first spectacular acheivement from a band that continues to reinvent itself and push the boundaries of what can be achieved in the context of extreme music.

Liturgy/Survival Bundle Details:

Get the re-press of Renihilation bundled with the self-titled, 2013 debut from Survival. Hunter Hunt-Hendrix built Survival out of the ashes of Birthday Boyz. The songs on Survival emerged after years of retooling and rearranging, with the riffs, melodies, and song structures evolving gradually over time. This album is a batch of dark and meditative heavy rock and a must-listen for Liturgy fans who want to hear more from Hunter.

You can bundle this album on LP with the Renihilation LP for just $26 - you save $6! Choose LP Bundle at checkout.

Price $16

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