The Body Vinyl, CD & tapes by The Body at Norman Records
Similar to The Body:
YOB, Neurosis, Thou, Full Of Hell, Conan, Sumac, Cough, Bell Witch, Primitive Man, Bosse-de-Nage, Unearthly Trance
Portland duo The Body push their sound to yet more extremes on their latest LP. I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer sees the pair bringing in a few collaborators - Assembly of Light Choir’s Chrissy Wolpert, Sandworm’s Ben Eberie to name but two - to beef up their already mighty sound. The resulting record is a brooding, abrasive song-cycle, like The Bug & Earth teaming up with Zola Jesus. Out via Thrill Jockey.
- Vinyl Double LP (THRILL460LP)
Serial heavyweight collaborators The Body move onto their next hosts in the form of Uniform, after the two groups toured Europe together. The songs for Mental Wounds Not Healing were built up back and forth, until these monstrous music makers were virtually fused into one powerhouse entity. You know what to expect, dive in people. On Sacred Bones.
If you liked either or both of the excellent, brutally heavyweight collaborative albums put out in the last few years by The Body and Thou, now you can own the pair of them in one double LP set! Released From Love and You, Whom I Have Always Hated are both excellent blackened statements of intent, although the latter album probably edges it for having one of the greatest ever album titles. Reissued by Thrill Jockey.
- Vinyl Double LP (THRILL453LP)
American sludge metalers The Body originally released their EP Master, We Perish back in 2013. Anguished screams and growls, spellbinding percussion, punishing bass and expressive guitar feedback make for a darker-than-black experience from the Rhode Island duo and revolving cast. Repress on At A Loss Recordings.
There’s something very suited to Chicago label Thrill Jockey about Ascending A Mountain of Heavy Light, a collaboration between The Body & Full of Hell. Unsettling soundscapes punctuated with sudden bursts of abrasive sound, hmm, I reckon fans of the label’s output will dig this. There also some guest appearances from Lightning Bolt’s Ben Chippendale, Assembly of Light Choir’s Chrissy Wolpert and Sandworm’s Ben Eberle. LP pressed on virgin vinyl or CD in typical Thrill Jockey packaging.
If you know either or both of Full of Hell and The Body, you’ll realise that this first-time collaboration cannot fail to be a scouring blast of sonic brutality. And so it came to pass: One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache is a furious explosion of screaming and distorted guitar power. Essential stuff for heaviness fans, on Neurot.
The album is called No One Deserves Happiness and the band The Body, how do you think it’s going to sound? Predictably, and thankfully, this double vinyl LP and CD on Thrill Jockey is mean, abrasive and inventive experimental metal. There’s plenty of detuned guitars, but the duo also incorporate elements borrowed from hip-hop and electronic music.
- Vinyl Double LP (THRILL407LP)
I have always loved The Body’s choices of titles, and with this album I think they may have surpassed themselves: You, Whom I Have Always Hated, how fantastic. This is a collaborative release with fellow heavy experimentalists Thou, and it brings appropriate amounts of bleak crushing metal-weight. Exciting.
The Body / Sandworm
The only thing black metal should be is visceral. That's the ideology of Sandworm, who debut their extreme, forceful material on this split with doom purveyors the Body (whose excellent record 'I Shall Die Here' earlier this year). This split brings their two distinct sounds together like it's nothing at all. Madness.
When a band called The Body releases an album called I Shall Die Here, we can’t help but to think of an old man being told by his body that his time is up. Of course, this imagery isn’t wholly undeserved, as The Body have been stretching up the extremities of doom, death and black metal for over a decade.
- Vinyl Double LP (THRILL350LP)