|Liturgy (photo: Gene Wagendorf III)|
Long distorted drones and crawled towards the audience over furious, run-away train drumming. The vocal work, provided by the inconspicuous-looking Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, was limited to the occasional high-pitched screech and proved to be ultimately unnecessary. While his grimey howls added little to the music they didn't take much away either. The quartet quickly worked at winning over portions of the unsure by hammering on riffs for as long as they would sustain. With a less musically tight band the repetition may have been nothing more than boring or obnoxious, but Liturgy managed to come off hypnotic and captivating. "Returner," from the band's recently released and highly-lauded Aesthethica, began in a breakdown before erupting into a needle-y joy ride. "Red Crown" also built an anxious atmosphere with its almost military drumming and rising guitar crunch before Hunt-Hendrix let out a banshee cry that kicked the rest of the group into a brick-shaking meltdown. I came away from Liturgy's set slightly drunk, slightly dehydrated and definitely marveling at their ability to live up to the hype. While Aesthethica is palatable for black metal, it's a record that requires the absolute mood to fully digest and enjoy. Live the band simply pulls you in their direction and you're better off for it.
|Hollows (photo: Gene Wagendorf III)|
|Local H (photo: Gene Wagendorf III)|
And yes, Local H did play "All the Kids Are Right." The familiar opening hook got a rise out of the crowd before Lucas took a step back from the mic and conducted some mass-scale live band karaoke. They did close with "Bound for the Floor," again causing audience members to wet themselves. Ok, it was either Local H or all the alcohol. The song is ripe for being turned into and extended jam, which is exactly what happened. After a crescendo that seemed to signal the set's end, St. Clair's drumming normalized and accelerated before launching into a raucous cover of The Stooges' "TV Eye." After a few more minutes of jamming, Local H thanked the crowd and left the stage in a swarm of feedback. The crowd hung around a few minutes, clamoring for an encore, and it wasn't until the feedback was cut that people began to shuffle towards the gates.
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