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The black-metal band Liturgy suffers from what’s been written about it. No, not by the metal press that has looked askance at the Brooklyn band because of its inroads with the indie rock community. Liturgy’s worst critics are its supporters, from the overripe band bio accompanying Aesthethica, its debut release for stalwart experimental label Thrill Jockey, to the embarrassing assumptions in Pitchfork’s review of the new LP by a scribe who’s obviously never been to a black-metal concert. But forget the piles of hyperbolic and miscast words about the band and just listen to Liturgy’s music: It’s dense and intense transcendental black metal that explores philosophical themes. In other words, Liturgy’s music is very much “in the tradition” and should please longtime black metal fans as well as the Vampire Weekend kids who’ve wandered into the land of ice and snow demons.
Liturgy performs with Dope Body at 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $8 in advance, $10 day of.