Wednesday 1 June 2016

The Body + Full of Hell - One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache


1. One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache
2. Fleshworks
3. The Butcher
4. Gehorwilt
5. World Of Hope And No Pain
6. Himmel Und Holle
7. Bottled Urn
8. The Little Death
9, Cain
10. Abel

The last couple of years have seen a number of scathing collaborative albums. Full Of Hell + Merzbow, Godhole + Crozier and Dragged Into Sunlight + Gnaw Their Tongues to name a few in recent times. Extreme metal and noise coming together to challenge people pre-conceptions and misconceptions. This record features Portland (Oregon) experimental sludge/doom duo The Body (themselves familiar with this release concept, having released collabs with Braveyoung, Thou, Vampillia and Krieg before) and of course...Full Of Hell, who continue along their own path of aural destruction. Perfect then for this lovely grey and windy UK summer we're having!

One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache paints a solemn yet disturbing picture. The lowly noise at the beginning gives way to grating blackened screams and an improvisational percussion battery. The Body’s experimental is plain to hear through it’s doom-laden title-track, with lurching riffs, distant ambience and high-pitched cries. Fleshworks seems to build on Full Of Hell’s penchant for electronic noise but also singles itself as a siren-song amongst crashing waves. The bass during The Butcher would be nothing short of bowel-shaking live and it is so on record too. It’s here that faint strains of hip-hop poke through the white noise (there’s thankfully no rapping to tarnish it). As the rhythmic and martial drumming of Gehorwilt begins, I can’t help thinking that some of the albums momentum is being lost in the pauses between songs. That’s just a little pet peeve of mine and it’s soon banished by the trance inducing mayhem of the song itself. World Of Hope And No Pain isn’t the light and fluffy song it paints itself out to be. There’s no let up during the second half of the album either, intact it becomes even more snarling thanks to Himmel Und Holle. If you’ve ever wondered what the true sound of hell would be like, then this is as scarily accurate as it’s gonna get. There may be ten years between the formation of The Body and Full Of Hell (scary isn’t it?) but to have both bands coexisting on the likes of Bottled Urn is something pretty special. The Little Death takes you back in the direction of Full Of Hell’s earlier pv-filled hardcore. Chip’s vocals sitting on top of the chaos makes it even more head spinning, but you won’t be able to stop listening. As I’m sure you’re aware, Little Death is the English translation of the French word Orgasm (or Le Petite Mort), but you’d have to be pretty messed up to have one to this! The closing duo Cain and Abel contain religious references, but only in their respective titles. The minimalistic tones of Cain coupled with the torturous vocals and eccentric glitch-like electronics really do bury themselves deep within your head. The longest song on the album really is the most unrelenting here. The high-pitched piercing frequency that underpins closer Abel pretty much typifies this whole album for me. Uncomfortable and euphoric. 

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