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Liturgy | 93696 (2023)


Liturgy transcends the traditional parameters of what constitutes a rock band. Founded by Ravenna Hunt- Hendrix, Liturgy is a part of a shared discipline of composition, art, and philosophy that thrives on exploring the spaces between. As an ever-evolving practice Hunt-Hendrix has incorporated elements of black metal, art rock, opera, and trap production into the musical language of Liturgy while engaging with transcendental, theological and eschatological theory through lectures series’ and art installations. A profound sense of yearning and emotional depth weaves through the Liturgy’s dense layers and anchors the project’s increasingly complex and innovative work. 93696 is the purest synthesis of the diversity of Liturgy, a sprawling and monumental double album exploring religion, cosmic love, the feminine, and metamorphosis while manifesting the ecstatic with breathtaking grandeur. Thrill Jockey Records

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Motörhead – Bad Magic: SERIOUSLY BAD MAGIC


Motorhead, the iconic Godfathers of heavy metal, released their 23rd (and final) studio album Bad Magic in 2015. Instantly hailed as one of the best the beloved trio had recorded in many years, Bad Magic: SERIOUSLY Bad Magic enjoys a bonus-packed refresh, adding two previously unreleased tracks from those furious sessions: “Bullet in Your Brain”and “Greedy Bastards” as well as a snarling, fangs-out live performance from that subsequent tour at the giant Fuji Rock Festival in Japan in 2015. On the live bonus disc that comes with “Seriously Bad Magic”, Phil Campbell tells the crowd in Japan that “its one of the best records we’ve ever done”. In typical contrary style, they don’t play any of it on the live album, but then would you want them any other way?
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BIG|BRAVE – nature morte

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BIG|BRAVE, the elemental ensemble of guitarist/vocalist Robin Wattie, guitarist Mathieu Ball, and drummer Tasy Hudson, harness an earthen heaviness composed of distorted and textural drones, austere bombast, and Wattie’s heart-rending voice. Like recent collaborators The Body, BIG|BRAVE is at the forefront of reconfiguring the landscape of heavy music. The trio brandish sparseness and density like weapons, cast tense… Thrill Jockey Records
Montreal’s BIG|BRAVE have been creating heavy, doom-laden rock music since the early 2010s. Since the beginning, their recordings have contained expansive, visceral compositions built around lumbering, repetitive rhythms and featuring punishingly loud guitars and wailing vocals. A 2021 collaboration with the Body was a return to the group’s roots, presenting raw interpretations of Appalachian, Canadian, and English hymns and folk songs. AllMusic
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