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). 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 desire 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. Their third full length, The Ark Work (2015), is a quantum leap forward, a radical change in sound that paradoxically sounds more like Liturgy than ever. 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.