The Body, whose Christs, Redeemers album was one of the musical high points of 2013 (our review) and whose I Shall Die Here (for which they’ve teamed up with Bobby “Haxan Cloak” Krlic) is set to be one of the high points of 2014, have just announced details of their debut European tour – one which includes a handful of “must see” UK shows.

The band have famously been described as the most brutal band on the planet. Theirs isn’t knuckle headed brutality though, indeed, it’s a million miles away from the “hit it, fucking hit it … now hit it fucking harder” mentality of most bands who get described as “brutal”. It’s as much an emotional, psychological brutality as a sheer volume of noise brutality, and it’s one you can’t help but be drawn towards. As we said when we reviewed last year’s magnificent album:

It’s overwhelming and completely without hope. This is not happy music in any sense of the word. It does however take you right down deep into the dirt and pain, wallowing in darkness and hatred.

I can recommend this not just to the metal and noise heads out there, but to anyone who wants to feel a bit more from their music, anyone who has a spark of darkness hidden away, all of you really. A grinding classic dripping with bleakness.

And you probably don’t need me to tell you that their hooking up with The Haxan Cloak is only going to make them far darker and far more likely to make you feel like your soul’s been eviscerated after seeing them live. Blending black metal, drone, electronic music, sludge and classical composition they specialise in “a ravishing grimness and impenetrable walls of noise” which will take your breath away.

The press release says:

The Body will be making their first ever appearance in Europe starting next month for a host of live dates and festival appearances. The heavy hitting duo will plunge us into apocalyptic darkness and bring about the very end of days with devastating assaults of volume and brutal sonic battery across the continent…

Amen to that.

Check out the track To Attempt Openness below and find the full European tour dates / links to buy tickets below.

 

Fri April 11th Tilburg, Netherlands – Het Patronaat @ Roadburn Festival – tickets.

Sat April 12th Leipzig, Germany – Doom over Leipzig Festival – tickets.

Sun April 13th Prague, Czech Republic – Chapeau Rouge – tickets.

Mon April 14th Vienna, Austria – Fluc – tickets.

Tue April 15th Milan, Italy – Lo-fi Club – tickets.

Wed April 16th Bologna, Italy – Freakout Club – tickets.

Thu April 17th Lausanne, Switzerland – Le Romandie – tickets.

Fri April 18th Kortrijk, Belgium – De Kreun – tickets.

Sat April 19th Paris, France – Stoned Gatherings – tickets.

Sun April 20th Amsterdam, Netherlands – OCCII @ SOTU Festival – tickets.

Tue April 22nd Glasgow, UK – Audio – tickets.

Wed April 23rd Manchester, UK – Roadhouse – tickets .

Thu April 24th Bournemouth, UK – The Winchester – tickets.

Fri April 25th Bristol, UK – St Thomas Church w/ support from Hey Colossus and Arabrot –  tickets. (aka Cacophonous Sarcophagus #10).

Sat April 26th London, UK – The Underworld @ Desert Fest – tickets.

Sun April 27th Antwerp, Belgium – Kavka – tickets.

Mon April 28th Koln, Germany – Sonic Ballroom – tickets.

Tue April 29th Esslingen, Germany – Komma – tickets.

Wed April 30th Weikersheim, Germany – Club W71 – tickets.

Thu May 1st Nurnberg, Germany – K4 – tickets.

Fri May 2nd Berlin, Germany – Jagerklause – tickets.

Sat May 3rd Copenhagen, Denmark – Heavy Days in Doomtown Festival – tickets.

Sun May 4th Aalborg, Denmark – 1000Fryd – tickets.

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All words Guy Manchester. More words by Guy can be read here. He tweets as @guid0man & uses Tumblr.

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.

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