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Album Review

By the time the Body released All the Waters of the Earth Turned to Blood in 2010, the Providence-based duo (consisting of guitarist/vocalist Chip King and drummer Lee Buford) had been around for over a decade, released one full-length and a handful of limited CD-Rs and 7" singles, and toured immensely. They've typically been described as doom or sludge metal due to their brutally slow tempos, churning guitars, and howled vocals, but they've resisted such categories from the beginning with their unconventional samples and covers (2011's Anthology compilation begins with a Last Poets sample and ends with a Sinéad O'Connor cover). Even compared to their previous recordings, All the Waters was a major left turn as well as a significant widening of the band's scope. The album begins with seven minutes of eerie, unaccompanied choral vocals which gradually become richer, before the guitars and drums suddenly slam in. The choir sounds downright haunted when combined with King's tortured shrieking, and things get even more sickly when the strings come in. The album gets progressively stranger, incorporating harsh noise and industrial elements, as well as more daring sample manipulations. "Empty Hearth" is simply unbelievable, with speaking-in-tongues samples from a doomsday cult record (most likely the exact one that Negativland sampled on "Michael Jackson") twisted until they resemble Tuvan throat singing, with glitchy, dubby drum mangling to match. "Song of Sarin, the Brave" buries more strange voices (including a particularly unsettling extended passage in which a man insists that "pain's not bad, it's good!") under rumbling guitar and spacy effects, in between heavier sections. Finale "Lathspell I Name You" is a 14-minute epic featuring an arsenal of drummers as well as strings, horns, and choral vocals. With this album, the Body embraced the possibilites of the recording studio in order to construct ambitious noisescapes that elegantly depict loss and failure.

Customer Reviews

Mind Blowing

Im the first reviewer...shocker!!!

So..I wasn't sure what to think after listening to the opening track..I was intrigued by the choir singing at first, but after 5 minutes of it, I was beginning to get impatient and was ready to turn it off. Right as I grabbed my mouse, the world exploded and the most gutteral, raw music met my ears..It made me so uncomfortable and so clausterphobic that I actually turned it off. I was totally freaked out...yet strangely intrigued. I then went on you tube and listened to this album track by track and by the time I got to "Empty Hearth" I was thinking "these guys were genius." For some reason, it reminded me Mind is a Terrible Thing To Taste/Psalm 69 Ministry - Not that their sound is like Ministry's - they aren't industrial. But their songs (like the first few listens to either of those Ministry albums) really jump out at you - the creativity and the thought put behind them. I really wish more people would check this album out. It is a beacon in a sea of blah, boring, uninspired metal.

Let's get physical

My introduction to Mr. Body. I'll never forget it. Of course you never forget your first time. I would really suggest getting a physical copy of this because then you could read the lyrics. "A Curse" is especially articulate.


Formed: 1999 in Providence, Rhode Island

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Experimental doom/sludge metal duo the Body formed in Providence, Rhode Island in 1999, tapping into the city's thriving noise and experimental scene when formulating their grating, punishing hybrid of brutal metal and difficult noise textures. Composed of Chip King on guitars and howling vocals and Lee Buford on drums and various other electronic sound-makers, the pair played locally and perfected their approach before releasing a self-titled album on Moganono Records in 2004. The Body frequently...
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