Liturgy is the project of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, whose yearning, energetic “transcendental black metal” exists in the space between metal, experimental, classical music and sacred ritual. The band is simultaneously a platform for fine art and theology
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Ethan Lee McCarthy will perform at Roadburn 2022 under the moniker of Spiritual Poison; a new creative outlet that has morphed out of what was Many Blessings. Having identified a creative stream that was somewhat distinctive from the discordant harsh noise of Many Blessings, and that didn’t flow into his work with Primitive Man, McCarthy christened it Spiritual Poison.
The DIY ethic remains, as does the bleak soundscapes that seem wired into his DNA, only this time they’re more focussed. With themes that explore the dichotomy between city living and mankind’s relationship with nature, overlaid with the juxtaposition of the digital and spiritual worlds, Spiritual Poison has a lot of ground to cover. Although the output is shrouded in a hazy otherworldliness, McCarthy doesn’t shy away from channeling his experiences of being a person of colour living in modern day America, the violence, and the end-times narratives that permeate daily life.
As well as performing his own solo Spiritual Poison set, McCarthy will also join Full of Hell for a special performance of their Garden of Burning Apparitions album. Both shows will highlight the maturing sound of an experimental artist eager to explore the outer reaches of his artistry.
Thantifaxath is a Canadian black metal band based in Toronto, Ontario. The band, which is signed to Dark Descent Records, consists of three anonymous members.
The band released their self-titled EP in 2011. The band’s debut album, Sacred White Noise, was released on April 15, 2014 via Dark Descent Records. The band premiered the album’s opening track, “The Bright White Nothing at the End of the Tunnel” via Soundcloud in February 2014, which gained attention from art and music websites such as Vice, BrooklynVegan and Sputnikmusic. The track “Where I End & the Hemlock Begins” was also released on Soundcloud.
In 2014, the band started touring with New York-based black metal band Castevet in North America. Despite touring, the band maintains its anonymity.
The band’s music has been described as “a batch of incendiary, discordant and blistering black metal.”On the band’s debut album, Doug Moore of Invisible Oranges wrote: “Sacred White Noise is both artsy and rooted in black metal, it’s pristinely performed, beautifully recorded, and far more expansive than any typical black metal album.” He also described it as “a thematically and harmonically frightening” record, while stating: “Progressive rock and outré noise run flanking maneuvers around the edges of a truly vicious frontal assault that borders on death metal in gravity.”
ANATOMY OF HABIT
Anatomy of Habit formed in Chicago in October 2008 and is now composed of Alex Latus (Guitar), Isidro Reyes (Percussion), Skyler Rowe (Drums), Mark Solotroff (Vocals), and Sam Wagster (Bass).