12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR, the LA noisemakers distinguish themselves from the industrial pantheon by further mitigating the visceral electro-punk of 2015’s Death Magic. The trio are not softening up by any means, only pushing their typically abrasive sounds into a more tuneful direction. The gray-hued, decrepit landscape they envision in SLAVES plays like an allegory for our trying times; the future isn’t just looking bleak—it is bleak. Longtime producer Lars Stalfors assists in amplifying drummer B.J. Miller’s clanging beats and guitarist Jake Duzsik’s speed-metal breakdowns on “GOD BOTHERER,” while on the anxious “STRANGE DAYS (1999),” bassist John Famiglietti’s mechanized EDM bass drops obstruct its loud/soft dynamic stretches with great intensity. The band even channel their inner Jerry Bruckheimer on "STRANGE DAYS (1999)” as they fuse icy synths and thrilling drum pounds with the sheer magnitude of a sci-fi action sequence. HEALTH thrust their hammering rhythms within a pop framework—they invite us to find some escape in their cyberpunk-themed party before all chaos erupts.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR, the LA noisemakers distinguish themselves from the industrial pantheon by further mitigating the visceral electro-punk of 2015’s Death Magic. The trio are not softening up by any means, only pushing their typically abrasive sounds into a more tuneful direction. The gray-hued, decrepit landscape they envision in SLAVES plays like an allegory for our trying times; the future isn’t just looking bleak—it is bleak. Longtime producer Lars Stalfors assists in amplifying drummer B.J. Miller’s clanging beats and guitarist Jake Duzsik’s speed-metal breakdowns on “GOD BOTHERER,” while on the anxious “STRANGE DAYS (1999),” bassist John Famiglietti’s mechanized EDM bass drops obstruct its loud/soft dynamic stretches with great intensity. The band even channel their inner Jerry Bruckheimer on "STRANGE DAYS (1999)” as they fuse icy synths and thrilling drum pounds with the sheer magnitude of a sci-fi action sequence. HEALTH thrust their hammering rhythms within a pop framework—they invite us to find some escape in their cyberpunk-themed party before all chaos erupts.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings
12 Ratings
amirrordark ,

Another solid release

More static and less pop sensibilities makes a very solid release and follow up to Death Magic. Songs have shortened even more on this release - these are snapshots defying normal song sensibilities - compact and measured like toffees wrapped in tailored angst.

DayenKnight ,

Needs more dog

This is the heaviest and most intense HEALTH album to date! Their first two albums were very experimental and noisy but with DEATH MAGIC they changed their sound to a more pop influenced dance kinda sound. They’ve kept their traditional loud experimental noise but they’ve managed to put it into a more structured framework (like a typical pop song with verse chorus verse chorus bridge chorus). Some may not like the direction HEALTH is going in but I think they've found a perfect stride with their music and SLAVES OF FEAR takes their sound in a more industrial heavy metal direction. This is easily HEALTH’s most focused and intense album to date and is a must have for anyone who likes loud epic music crushing their skull.

RussianBear96 ,

I didn’t know if it could be done

DEATH MAGIC is a masterpiece, and was my favorite album of all time. But HEALTH has outdone themselves once again. This album is perfect in almost every way, so much so I find myself coming back to listen to it all the time. It blends pop melodies with dark and aggressive beats, sprinkling moments of beauty somewhere in between the chaos. I can’t get around to liking NC-17 oddly enough, it’s good but feels too... idk. Overall, it’s an album I will be listening to forever.

Lucky enough I will be seeing these guys on April 17th. Yay me!

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