Liturgy’s latest album ‘The Ark Work’ has received mixed reviews in the dark world of internet music forums, and I finally got round to listening to the whole album yesterday – and I haven’t put it down since. I, for one, think this album and sound is nothing short of brilliant.
‘The Ark Work’ is impressive in how it manages to tie genres, from electronic glitch to black metal, together – from the Death Grips-esque ‘Vitriol’ to the Deafheaven-like ‘Reign Array’. The album often integrates the two, especially in ‘Kel Valhaal’ where constant glitches and a droning, chaotic backdrop reminds the listener about the truly creative aspects of the group’s sounds; or when the genres slowly shift into eachother, especially in the driving ‘Quetzalcoatl’. The one omnipresent theme throughout the album is the droning and stalwart vocals, which remain fairly monotonal and pagan-like – these vocals act as the rock which holds chaotic ‘The Ark Work’ together.
This album is as unpredictable as it is imaginative, showing its progressive tendencies. I’m a little shocked to see why many gave ‘The Ark Work’ such ill reception – it’s one of the best albums I’ve heard so far from this year.
What do you think?
Post originally published on the Prog Talk FB page on 12/5/2015 by ~Cerpin Taxt.