For certain bands, the fallout from their dissolution is more interesting than the original act. “Transcendental black metal” band Liturgy, which people seem to absolutely love or completely despise, has achieved that odd status (though it hasn’t entirely broken up, and plans to release new material this fall). After bassist Tyler Dusenbery and drummer Greg Fox split last year, Fox started playing and touring with Liturgy guitarist Bernard Gann in outer-space tribal psych collective Guardian Alien
; now front man Hunter Hunt-Hendrix has reconnected with some old comrades to form Survival
, who have released an album of groovy, mathy prog metal via Thrill Jockey. Intricate, syncopated guitar work and unpredictable time signatures
create a base for Hunt-Hendrix’s vocals—and he’s traded in his Norwegian-influenced shriek for a deadpan chant. Survival’s vibe is a little sterile and robotic, and the album isn’t nearly as exciting and fresh as Liturgy’s 2011 LP, Aesthethica
—but it’s infinitely more satisfying than the two-piece, drum-machine-driven incarnation
of Liturgy that played at last year’s Pitchfork festival. —Luca Cimarusti Heavy Times and Vamos open.