Liturgy release surprise album, ‘HAQQ’

    Hunter Hunt-Hendrix’s most vulnerable work yet.

    Liturgy Hunter Hunt-Hendrix HAQQ album
    Hunter Hunt-Hendrix of Liturgy. Image: Ben Taylor

    Two months after making their return with the song “God of Love,” experimental black metal outfit Liturgy have surprise-released the digital version of their new album, HAQQ.

    HAQQ—which stands for Haelegen Above Quality and Quantity—represents, according to a press release, Liturgy leader Hunter Hunt-Hendrix’s “uniquely Marxist and psychoanalytic vision of God.” It is also Hunt-Hendrix’s most vulnerable and personal work with Liturgy, “addressing anger and struggles around mental health, sexuality, and religion,” the release says.

    The nine-track album, which was composed in 2018 and recorded in 2019, is also described as a “sudden detour” from Hunt-Hendrix’s two other concurrent projects: the creation of both the opera Origin of the Alimonies and the philosophical System of Transcendental Qabala, which is depicted on the album’s cover. “These latter two projects represent an interdisciplinary effort to create a total meaning system,” the release notes.

    HAQQ is currently available on digital services, and physical formats will be released February 21, 2020. Stream the album below: