Liturgy are a self–described "transcendental black metal" band from Brooklyn, New York. Originally the solo project of Hunter Hunt–Hendrix, the band expanded to a four piece in 2008, after the release of the 12" Immortal Life, which was followed in 2009 with their debut album Renihilation. The group call their style "transcendental black metal", which is described in a declaration written by Hunt–Hendrix. Hunter cites Swans, Glenn Branca, Alexander Scriabin, Iannis Xenakis and Lightning Bolt as influences.