When: Tue., July 13, 9:30 p.m. 2010
Liturgy has had to postpone their tour due to illness. The rest of the show will go on as planned.
Forget that they're a bunch of Brooklyn hipsters playing black metal, and that they even look like hipsters when they do it—there's not so much as a streak of corpsepaint in sight. Liturgy's most aesthetically transgressive move is to abandon black metal's traditional fixation on hatred and pain and do something—it feels weird just to type this—beautiful with it. They refer to their music as "pure transcendental black metal" (as opposed to "true," "necro," "kvlt," or "frostbitten"), and they're not joking. Last year's Renihilation (20 Buck Spin) would be the perfect accompaniment to the closing scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey or a mushroom trip, or to watching the end of 2001 on mushrooms. Whereas most black metal comes on like a blindingly dense Scandinavian fog, Liturgy's take on the style feels more like a blazing storm of light, with hyperspeed rhythms that shatter the rigid grid of the typical blastbeat to surge and thrash tidally—the band calls them "burstbeats." It's still heavy as fuck, though—if you find satori during a spin of Renihilation, it'll be kind of like getting your third eye split open by a battle-ax. —Miles Raymer