Liturgy (band)

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Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Years active 2008 (2008)–present
Associated acts Guardian Alien, Zs
  • Hunter Hunt-Hendrix
  • Bernard Gann
  • Greg Fox
  • Tyler Dusenbury

Liturgy is an American avant-garde black metal band from Brooklyn, New York. The band features Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (vocals, guitar), Bernard Gann (guitar), Greg Fox (drums) and Tyler Dusenbury (bass). The band describes its style as "transcendental black metal,"[3][4] which is described in a declaration written by Hunt-Hendrix.[5] Hunt-Hendrix cites Swans, Glenn Branca, and Lightning Bolt as influences.[6]


Originally the solo project of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, the band expanded to a four-piece in 2008, after the release of the 12" Immortal Life, which was followed in 2009 with their debut album Renihilation.[1] The group's second album, Aesthethica, was released in May 2011 by Thrill Jockey, and was ranked as number 26 on Spin's 50 Best Albums of 2011.[7]

In a 2012 interview with Pitchfork Media, Hunt-Hendrix expressed his desire to move away from black metal on future releases in order to avoid "self-imitation," noting that Aesthethica's recognition "turns it into safe territory." He suggested that the next release could include bells or a focus on electronics.[8]

In June 2014, drummer Greg Fox and bassist Tyler Dusenbury rejoined the band to record the third studio album The Ark Work, which was released in 2015.[9][10]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Hunter Hunt-Hendrix – vocals, guitar
  • Bernard Gann – guitar
  • Greg Fox – drums
  • Tyler Dusenbury – bass guitar


Studio albums[edit]


  • Immortal Life 12" (Infinite Limbs, 2008)

Other releases[edit]

  • split LP with Oval (Thrill Jockey, 2011)
  • "Quetzalcoatl" single (Thrill Jockey, 2015)


  1. ^ a b Lymangrover, Jason. "Liturgy". Allmusic. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ Raymer, Miles (January 18, 2015). "Peter Fonda 'performed' with black metal band Liturgy on this week's 'Blacklist'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ Lars Gotrich (1 May 2011). "First Listen: Liturgy, 'Aesthethica' : NPR". NPR. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Dale W. Eisinger (4 May 2011). "Brooklyn Thrashers Liturgy Streaming New Album". NBC New York. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Hideous Gnosis - Transcendental Black Metal. Glossator. 8 March 2010. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Castillo, Arielle (3 March 2011). "Liturgy Push the Boundaries of Black Metal — Top 100 Acts at SXSW 2011". Spinner. 
  7. ^ "SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2011". Spin. December 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Death to Black Metal Liturgy and Deafheaven's controversial leaders discuss the state of black metal.". Pitchfork Media. January 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Liturgy Announce New Album The Ark Work, Share "Quetzalcoatl"". Pitchfork Media. January 20, 2015. 
  10. ^ Minsker, Evan (June 26, 2014). "Liturgy Reunite Quartet Lineup for Tour, Reissue Debut Album Renihilation". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 

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