Brooklyn black metal band Liturgy became a lightning rod for the “but is it really metal?” debate a few years ago with their sophomore album, Aesthethica. Much of that might have had to do with frontman Hunter Hunt-Hendrix and his thesis on Transcendental Black Metal. There’s nothing particularly metal about a thesis, and Hunt-Hendrix seemed to be perfectly ok with distancing himself from the black metal scene. At around the same time,, bands like Deafheaven further challenged the constructs of what’s considered true black metal. Which brings us to today, where Rolling Stone is premiering a song from the band’s third album.
The interview that goes along with the track premiere addresses the sometimes contentious relationship Hunt-Hendrix has with the press right away. The music itself is certainly black metal, but there’s some elements of electronic music, drone and even non-traditional instruments like glockenspiel on the the track, which is an epic, nearly-eleven-minute track.
The Ark Work will be released on March 24th on Thrill Jockey and can be pre-ordered here.