Album Review: Liturgy - The Art Work (9/10)

LiturgySMALLWell, don’t say Hunter Hunt-Hendrix didn’t
 warn you. Liturgy’s frontman promised the
 follow-up to 2011’s Aesthethica, widely 
hailed as one of the year’s best black-metal
 records, would mark a departure for the
 band. And man, does it ever. The Ark Work
 incorporates bagpipes, trumpet, trombone,
 MIDI horns, not to mention loads of chanting and even a rap sequence. More impressive than its unpredictability is that the album works, in all its cacophonic splendor. A handful of listens proves The Ark Work isn’t just unexpectedly crafted but unexpectedly infectious.
– Kurt Orzeck