Kel Valhaal – New Introductory Lectures on the System of Transcendental Qabala

In discussing their 2015 record The Ark Work, Liturgy frontman Hunter Hunt-Hendrix told Pitchfork, “I wanted to make the most important thing possible, to invent a new philosophy that goes with a new music and a new way of making art and living life.” With goals that lofty, what could he do but fail? Hunt-Hendrix set out to expand the possibilities of heavy metal. Armed with digital production software Ableton Live, he piled every song on the album with artificial trumpets, bells, chimes, and bagpipes until the thing buckled in on itself and collapsed. The chintzy post-production sat on top of his band’s winding, triumphant compositions like a greasy oil spill, while Hunt-Hendrix himself monotoned his way through the strange convolutions of his personal mythology. The Ark Work was an album of singular, uncompromising vision. It just so happened to also be nearly unlistenable.

Release Date
July 15, 2016
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