The Body – Christs, Redeemers (Thrill Jockey)
The Body have been described as the most brutal band on the planet. Their new album came out last year and reached 66 in our albums of the year. Here’s a belated review from Louder Than War’s Adrian Bloxham.
This sounds biblical. The Body have been described as the most brutal band on the planet. The way this record takes you in and builds a web of darkness, dread and fear around you makes you understand why. It’s not brutality in the sense of incessant hammering noise; it’s more an overriding soundscape of bleakness and hopelessness.
The vocals to begin with are beautiful and strong, a female voice singing an eerie cold song over unsettling noises from the void, they use a choir to give you what feels like a hymn to war but the main vocal is a deeply disturbing screaming just underneath the surface of the sound.
The music is astounding, the overriding message is power, we can destroy you if we want to. The sound is as heavy as lead and just gets better the louder you manage to listen to it. The drums are just relentless and the guitars feel dirty. It’s a truly black, bleak sound, distorted and grinding forward, like a wave of destruction crushing everything in its path.
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.
All words by Adrian Bloxham. More work by Adrian on Louder Than War can be found here.