The Ark Work

Liturgy - The Ark Work
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2015 Ratings: #588 / 771
User Score
Based on 41 ratings
2015 Ratings: #456
March 24, 2015 / Release Date
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Thrill Jockey / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

It’s unwieldy, and it may not be as purely enjoyable as Aesthetica, but it’s a singular musical achievement.

80
The 405
It's catchy without sacrificing heft. It's a behemoth, but also sounds meditative. Furthermore, it doesn't seem to compromise so much as heartily invite the genres it dives into.
80
The Line of Best Fit

If ever an album proved that genre should stand for very little in this day and age, it’s this. The Ark Work pays tribute to Hunt-Hendrix’s dogged desire to push listeners’ buttons.

80
PopMatters
Much like the recent music of Swans, this is captivatingly repetitive music that grabs the listener by the throat and drags him into a higher aural and indeed emotional plane.
80
Spin
For a band previously hailed and reviled for its supposedly sacrilege approach, this is the real radical departure worthy of admiration.
70
Under The Radar
The result is often challenging, occasionally rapturous, and always without peer. A daring and complex work of contemporary envelope-pushing.
70
The Needle Drop
Experimental rock and metal act Liturgy makes a magnum opus of the sounds and ideas forged on their last album.
67
Consequence of Sound

With all its heavenly might, The Ark Work stands as another Liturgy entry worth endless discussion, raising the question the band has prompted before: Is this even black metal?

64
Pitchfork
The band plays with tremendous power, verve, and energy, but the results feel leaden, even after dozens of listens.
50
AllMusic

The Ark Work utilizes an impressive if often questionable array of different instruments and sound techniques in a musical mess that interweaves metal, prog, indie, gothic rock, and even IDM. Its mix and songwriting are often interesting, but in the end it's mostly clumsy.

40
The Skinny
There's a notable lack of peaks here – odd for a band who once specialised in perpetual climax.
40
No Ripcord
There’s something commendable about the way Liturgy wish to silence those who refute them by willfully making things as abstruse as can be. It doesn’t excuse their turgid confidence, however, as if overly conceptualizing every aspect of their mission statement through defensive projection.
30
Exclaim!
It's executed incredibly well for what it is, but what we're left with is ugly, soulless and emotionally bankrupt.
exception
77
Every little segment and piece of this album I really enjoy individually, but as a whole I'm pretty let down. Still a very interesting and overall very fun project.
EMR
64
After the band's fantastic previous LP, Liturgy follows a totally different direction, as stated by Hunt-Hendrix after the release of Aesthetica, back in 2011. Not only did the band make a turn around change in their sound, but actually changed the very foundational aspects of their music in The Ark Work. GY!BE's expansive, echletic aesthetics may be pointed as a big influence here, as Hendrix and his peers introduce a plethora of new instruments on their already unorthodox recipe, fusing ... read more
tinymusiccritic
84
It's hard to know what to make of Liturgy's follow up to 'Aesthetica'. On the one hand, it sounds like nothing else out there (as far as I know); on the other hand, you wonder if there's a good reason for that. The album is commendable, purely for being such a strange beast. I love the unusual instrumentation and electronics and how it contrasts with the blasts of black metal noise. I'm guessing the terrible production and mixing is a stylistic choice. Regardless, it's probably my biggest gripe ... read more
NR
My ears have been assaulted by bagpipes and blastbeats....... wouldnt call this a metal album by any stretch but it sure rattles my brain like one
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