BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Liturgy

Liturgy

Sannhet, Horse Lords

Fri, April 3, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

Liturgy
Liturgy
Liturgy is a Brooklyn-based, self-styled “Transcendental Black Metal” band whose yearning, energetic music exists in an uncanny space between avant rock, black metal, fine art and shamanic ritual. Led by songwriter and conceptual architect Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, who is joined by guitarist Bernard Gann, bassist Tyler Dusenbury and drummer Greg Fox, the band exists as a 21st century total work of art (gesamtkunstwerk): activating divine potencies by means of music and culture even as it underscores the contradictions inherent
in such a project during the internet era. Their third full length, The Ark Work, is a quantum leap forward, a radical change in sound that paradoxically sounds more like Liturgy than ever.

The album hums and churns with Hunt-Hendrix’s inventive arrangements - drenched with glockenspiels, bagpipes, strings, ritual chanting, and MIDI horns. It supplements its metal energy with motifs from unlikely, disparate genres; cross-fertilizing hardstyle beats, occult-oriented rap, and the glitched re-sampling of IDM and with structures from Medieval sacred music, Romantic classical music, and minimalism. The result is a rich, seething cyber-fantasia that is improbably listenable, conveying the disarming, authentic emotion that is Liturgy’s hallmark - a blend of startling invention, high caliber musicianship, raw energy, and profound, cosmic sadness.

Liturgy began as the solo project of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, who remains their sole songwriter. After a few self-released cassettes, the project began in earnest with the release of the "Immortal Life" EP (2008) and the crystallization of the aims to adapt black metal’s typical genre markers – including blast beat drumming and rapid tremolo picking – along new, life affirming lines of artistic development, and to treat a rock band as a real-time visionary performance/art/life project. The band expanded to its current quartet for the recording of "Renihilation" (2009). Their fervid and cohesive live presence, in particular Fox’s unorthodox and dynamic drumming, quickly earned them a following both in the global metal underground and the Brooklyn art punk scene. Controversy erupted, along with interest from the wider world, around the companion piece to Renihilation: the text Transcendental Black Metal: A Vision of Apocalyptic Humanism, which Hunt-Hendrix delivered at the now-legendary Hideous Gnosis Black Metal Theory symposium that year.

With the release of 2011’s "Aesthethica", the friction between Liturgy’s multiple worlds sparked and caught fire. Liturgy crossed over to perform to huge crowds at major festivals and at art institutions, including MoMA, where Hunt-Hendrix delivered his manifesto next to a Joseph Beuys sculpture. "Aesthethica" was listed as Spin’s top metal album of the year and featured on two different New York Times lists for top 10 albums of 2011 while the band graced the cover of Metal Hammer’s Subterranea magazine. For the next two years the live band functioned as a duo while Hunt-Hendrix began the long process of composing what would become The Ark Work. In 2014, Fox and Dusenbury returned to record the album along with Hunt-Hendrix and Gann, adding their dynamic energy to the mix. The result is the first true sonic realization of Transcendental Black Metal: a musically cohesive alchemical fusion, an artistically reflexive work of theandery, and a mind-bending album that is as original as it is beautiful.
Sannhet
Sannhet
Sannhet was founded in Brooklyn, NY in late 2010 and they released their debut LP Known Flood via Sacrament Records (St. Vitus Bar’s label) in February of 2013 to great critical acclaim. Most recently, Sannhet released their sophomore album, Revisionist, in March of 2015 via San Francisco’s Flenser Records. The album is a dizzying concoction of math-metal intricacy, prismatic pop shimmer, and dense metallic crush, taking the metalgaze sound of likeminded modern metal combos and adding more dynamic indie rockisms and churning noise rock crunch. The New York Times said Revisionist has "…blasting volume and palpitating drum patterns of European black metal, the overwhelming density of Glenn Branca’s multi-guitar symphonies, and the slow, determined development of a lot of bands from the last 25 years, instrumental or not, that have been called post-rock or post-metal — Slint, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Isis.
Horse Lords
Horse Lords is a quartet from Baltimore, MD. Combining their shared experiences in experimental music with popular forms, they craft long form pieces that are at once trance inducing, ecstatic, and rhythmically compelling. The group consists of members of the groups Teeth Mountain, Black Vatican, and Needle Gun, and touring members of The Dan Deacon Ensemble and Matmos.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com