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Being eclectic is not new, but it is for this reason alone, Liturgy are valuable and prove to be imaginative in their confrontation toward heavy music tropes by infusing an intentionality and intellectualism to their creative expressions. While they have again re-contextualized their love of the compositional style of black metal music, they haven’t abandoned the philosophical justifications behind their take on it. You will see in the album’s liner notes a detailed diagram expanding upon the concepts initially brought up in Hunt-Hendrix’s treatise on the genre. Their lean toward transcendence is also as much a part of the stylistic decisions on the record, as they are a focal point of the lyrics:

The absolute the undifferentiated
Which has no divisions
No time no extension

(“Kel Valhaal”)