Aesthethica

Liturgy - Aesthethica
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2011 Ratings: #43 / 1006
User Score
Based on 156 ratings
2011 Ratings: #106
Liked by 10 people
May 10, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Thrill Jockey / Label
Black Metal / Genres
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laz456
80

I watched some videos of these guys and can definitely understand why they're kinda hated by a lot of people, but that didn't stop me from really enjoying this project. It's pretty inventive to my ears and is one of the more unique rock albums I've listened to this decade. The playing is impressive, the atmosphere is engaging and there's tons of catchy melodies and powerful moments. Check it out if you missed this one like I did!

DevinONeill
74

Invest in transcendental black metal.

LZGray
80

I can absolutely see why black metal fans would fucking hate this, because its roots are closer to liturgical and classical music than they are to the black metal scene. Hunter Hunt-Hendrix and her philosophy very much inform the trajectory of the sound: using the burst beats and hypnotic repetition to reach a higher plane of existence and transform the black metal scene to one more accepting of a brighter future, inclusive performance, and deific understanding. I think people saw this as the ... read more

AnalVape
92

Liturgy's Aesthethica is a heavenly rocket blast into the ethereal. This album does something really beautiful and new for its genre, and perhaps for music in general. Hunter Hunt-Hendrix's songwriting style is impossible to imitate. Obviously, at face value, this is a black metal album, but any black metal fan knows this is far from traditional black metal. What Hunter Hunt-Hendrix has coined as "transcendental black metal" incorporates really bright and high pitched tremolos, a ... read more

LZGray
80

I can absolutely see why black metal fans would fucking hate this, because its roots are closer to liturgical and classical music than they are to the black metal scene. Hunter Hunt-Hendrix and her philosophy very much inform the trajectory of the sound: using the burst beats and hypnotic repetition to reach a higher plane of existence and transform the black metal scene to one more accepting of a brighter future, inclusive performance, and deific understanding. I think people saw this as the ... read more

michaelbozas
90

I needed to listen to some good ass Black Metal these days.
I don't really see why the Black metal circle isn't into this album. It has everything there is to love about the genre. Great chord progressions, dynamic blast beats and shriekish vocals. The sound isn't overproduced, yet it doesn't sound shitty at all. All the instrumentrs are very much audible and sound really good.
I actually don't see much wrong with this. Very solid release.

Favourite tracks: Veins of Gold, Generation, True ... read more

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Track List

  1. High Gold 
  2. True Will 
  3. Returner 
  4. Generation 
  5. Tragic Laurel 
  6. Sun of Light 
  7. Helix Skull 
  8. Glory Bronze 
  9. Veins of God 
  10. Red Crown 
  11. Glass Earth 
  12. Harmonia
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