Wrekmeister Harmonies, led by musician and composer JR Robinson, is an experimental music collective based in Chicago, Illinois. Named after the Béla Tarr movie Werckmeister Harmonies, it combines elements of drone music, serialism, post-rock, and heavy metal. Wrekmeister Harmonies typically performs a single composition, often almost an hour in length, beginning with a slow build, shifting into a cathartic middle section and culminating with a peaceful resolution.
In 2013, Wrekmeister Harmonies was signed to independent label Thrill Jockey, toured internationally with Grails and headlined in Europe. Wrekmeister Harmonies' albums have been featured in year-end lists of major publications and were praised by music critics. Andy Gensler of the Village Voice listed "Recordings Made in Public Spaces" as one of the top 10 "Pazz and Jop" albums of 2009.Spin selected "You've Always Meant So Much to Me" as one of the "20 Best Metal Albums of 2013," and Grayson Currin of Pitchfork rated the album as 7.9/10.
Wrekmeister Harmonies is known for bringing major metal artists to perform in unconventional venues, such as the Andy Warhol Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Pompidou Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Chicago's Bohemian National Cemetery.
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