H.A.Q.Q. is the fourth studio album by transcendental black metal band Liturgy. Featuring their characteristic yearning guitar harmonies, epic song structures, and intense drumming, H.A.Q.Q. boils over with harp, piano, gagaku ensemble, pitched percussion, strings, and digital manipulation. It represents a consolidation of the band’s sound to date, a combination of the mathematical complexity of 2011’s Aesthethica and the glitchy experimental fervor of 2015’s The Ark Work. While ecstatically invoking heaven, H.A.Q.Q. is also Liturgy’s most vulnerable record for Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, addressing anger and struggles around mental health, sexuality, and religion. In part a reflection on Liturgy’s uniquely controversial career, it attempts to render the spirit of a cultural era whose basic fabric is unravelling, and to generate an energy of prophecy and love in the name of what is to come.
Hunt-Hendrix composed the album during 2018, drawing from a reservoir of material, some of which had existed for years, while simultaneously creating the forthcoming opera Origin of the Alimonies and philosophical System of Transcendental Qabala (depicted graphically on H.A.Q.Q.’s album cover). These latter two projects represent an interdisciplinary effort to create a total meaning system. The composition of H.A.Q.Q. was a sudden detour, but it is related to these other works as a point of entry. After performing in the debut of Origin of the Alimonies in the fall of 2018, the band spent 6 months bringing the album to life before recording it in August of 2019 at Machines with Magnets with Seth Manchester.
H.A.Q.Q. stands for Haelegen above Quality and Quantity, and represents Hunt-Hendrix’s uniquely marxist and psychoanalytic vision of God.
released November 12, 2019
all songs composed and arranged by Hunter Hunt-Hendrix
Hunter Hunt-Hendrix - guitar, vocals
Bernard Gann - guitar
Tia Vincent-Clark - bass
Leo Didkovsky - drums
Eric Wubbels - piano on track 2
Charlotte Mundy - voice on tracks 1 and 3
Cory Bracken - vibraphone on tracks 4 and 6
Leo Didkovsky - glockenspiel on tracks 4 and 6
Hunter Hunt-Hendrix - piano on tracks 5, 7, 9
Marilu Donovan - harp on tracks 1, 3, 6, 8
Tadlow Ensemble - strings on tracks 4 and 6
Lucie Vitovka - hichiriki on track 1
Adam Robinson - ryuteki on track 1
Recorded in August 2019 and mixed by Seth Manchester at Machines with Magnets. Mastered by Matt Colton at Metropolis Mastering
Liturgy is the project of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, whose yearning, energetic “transcendental black metal” exists in the space
between metal, experimental, classical music and sacred ritual. The band is simultaneously a platform for art and theology, and is a controversial presence in contemporary music....more
When this album came out, it grabbed me on the first playthrough and I ended up listening to basically nothing else for several weeks.
Album of the Year 2019 for me and it's not even close!
(bought the LP back then, I just wanted the lossless files as well so I bought it here, too) horst_fanboi
I have no problem with long songs but they can be a problem when the song doesn’t progress or gets repetitive, happy to say this song doesn’t fall into this complaint. Although I’m not a really big metal head, i do appreciate a good metal album. I love the solos and those dive bombs are amazing. Stopped listening to metal for a while because everything seems to gets muddled and sounded the same, this song has brought me back and excited to keep on the look out for more. vikhart_lizard