| Thrill Jockey | Release Date: 24th Mar 2015
What's this mean?
Summary: The Ark Work is fearless in terms of its experimentation; boldly straddling the line between music and noise. It will undoubtedly annoy many listeners, but the remainder will be captivated.
Genre(s): Black Metal
Record label(s): Thrill Jockey
For a band previously hailed and reviled for its supposedly sacrilege approach, this is the real radical departure worthy of admiration.
I get why people will hate this. I get why people hate Liturgy. But I’ve found something charming about The Ark Work’s dedication to provoke, and for this I can only recommend it.
It’s all very overwrought and draining, sometimes sounding more like a baroque construction site than music. But it’s also utterly captivating, transcending pastiche and coming off like some disorienting super-genre that will never be heard again.
With all its heavenly might, The Ark Work stands as another Liturgy entry worth endless discussion, raising the question the band has prompted before: Is this even black metal?
The Ark Work is harmonically rich, but very slow; to say that it moves is to point out that glass is technically a liquid.
Ultimately, it frustrates because the listener doesn't get much in the way of reward for the chore of endurance.
It's not that The Ark Work isn't smart; it's that it's cold, and mean, and loveless.