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Liturgy Frontman Deconstructs Shellac's "Prayers to God" (video)

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Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012
Who knew Shellac was perfect for high school a cappella groups?

Never thought you’d see ‘Shellac’ and ‘a cappella’ in the same sentence? Neither did we. Thanks to the magic of the A.V. Club‘s Undercover series, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, leader of black metal outfit Liturgy, has put his own spin on “Prayers to God”, Shellac’s classic scorned-lover-turned-murderer temper tantrum. The twist? Hunt-Hendrix’s deconstruction is entirely a cappella, replacing Albini’s homicidal vocal yelps (“Kill him already, kill him!”) with an eerie, chant-like tapestry of multiplying voice loops. It’s nothing like the original’s piercing guitar stabs, but it’s fascinating just the same.


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