Origin of the Alimonies

Liturgy - Origin of the Alimonies
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #111 / 809
User Score
Based on 256 ratings
2020 Ratings: #365
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Clash
Hunt-Hendrix cares about everything – the state of black metal, the nature of the universe, the meaning of life… the whole shebang. You can hear the size of her thoughts and desires on this truly stunning record, this genuine opera.
85
Beats Per Minute
This is how Liturgy were always destined to end up – producing a work of such complete and utter, bewildering wonderment. But nobody expected it to be this good.
80
The Needle Drop
Liturgy's latest is a metaphysical big bang, turning Hunter Hunt-Hendrix's theological philosophy into a multifaceted experimental metal opera.
80
Spectrum Culture

There is no better branding for Origin of the Alimonies than operatic. It’s a titanic work that runs just under 40 minutes and is frightening in its originality.

78
Pitchfork
The black metal firebrands achieve a rapturous synthesis of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix’s philosophical pontifications and musical obsessions.
70
Exclaim!

The quieter moments on Origin are far from delicate. This is a story of pain, transformation, redemption and love.

Chode
79
Late into last year, Liturgy came through with a late contender for the decade’s best black metal record. That record saw Liturgy take us through this black metal odyssey that sounded like the soundtrack to the apocalypse. Incredibly hyper and loud riffs alongside some blood-curdling vocals landed all across that project. The whole thing felt like it was telling a story with its crushing guitars and glitch-infused elements. The reason why I’m talking so much about H.A.Q.Q. is ... read more
MickyT
49
I don't really know what to make of the new Liturgy album 'Origin of the Alimonies', on one hand I can respect what this album tries to achieve with its avant-garde nature, there are some pretty solid moments in its tracklist and all in all it sounds good, but a lot of this just seems like a forced aesthetic, by that I mean it's avant-garde for the sake of being avant-garde. Not much of what Liturgy does on here really sticks with me and it feels like monotony to the next degree, it mostly ... read more
Dombot
40
Uh... hmmm. Yeah... hmmmmmmmmm.

Yeah, I'm not too sure how to feel about this one. I've heard a lot about Liturgy these past couple of years, with their insanely popular HAQQ coming out last year and taking the music community by storm. I still need to check that thing out, but after listening to this, I'm not sure I want to... while I did enjoy some of the ideas present here, man this was a hard listen, and I usually don't feel that way about stuff like this. Take Xiu Xiu's Girl With Basket ... read more
PunkRevNow
0
VIDEO OF REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrLOTZPtuu8

There is absolutely no subtlety here: Liturgy desperately wants to do something avant-garde. They will throw everything they possibly can at you to get the point across:

- Let's put a harp in our black metal!
- Let's all sustain a loud note together for as long as we can!
- Let's put a trap song in it!
- Let's scratch on our strings! (really?)
- Let's put some glitchy sounds here and there too!

Despite Liturgy's obvious attempt to ... read more
JacksonLerner
81
i’ve never heard anything like this.

there are no lyrics. instead, inaudible screams are pure energy for the music to feed off of.

the music contains some peaceful aspects such as harps, horns, soft piano, piercing/swelling orchestration, etc. there are also complexities, such as the glitch aspects, the electronic elements, and the overall journey of the music.

the main highlight to me is the drumming. honorable mention to the song-craftsmanship and combinations of sounds used; ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Seperation of HAQQ from HAEL
  2. OIOION's Birth
  3. Lonely OIOION
  4. The Fall of SHIEYMN
  5. SIHEYMN's Lament
  6. Apparition of the Eternal Church
  7. The Armistice
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Added on: October 21, 2020