By: Dawson Clawson
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Released on March 25, 2016 via Neurot Recordings
From the first overtone of the over driven snare, I was not prepared for the ugly and mysterious slug fest of One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache. What has been created by The Body of Hell is difficult to describe. It’s uncomfortable. It’s unpredictable. And in many subtle ways, it’s fantastic. It’s like trying to read House of Leaves.
I hear lots of elements in this music that could be born from industrial or performance art bands over the years, but I also hear overt similarity to some modern acts in those genres. Admittedly, I’m not well steeped in these. Hell, that would make for an easier review. However, I do identify with pushing boundaries in art and that’s what this is to me, not music. The Body of Hell are sharing a miasma of emotions and feelings by using nails to scratch images onto a chalkboard. Perhaps even like the tearing of paper or the nonsensical splattering of uncomplimentary colors onto canvas.
It’s a challenge, a journey, a dissertation. You will be drowned in white noise and all the gritty, discombobulated sounds that recall memories of shitty guitar cables and clipping microphones. Pieces of grind, doom, industrial, and electronic all mix together, stirred in a huge pot with a hand-held bug zapper. Not a single portion of music is untouched by overdrive or without interruption from varying colors of noise. Even the spoken words through this album are distorted. Occasionally phrases like “I want to die”, “I need my anger, it’s all I’ve got right now”, and “Loss, loss, loss, loss” push through the surface and reinforce the moods that have been established. There’s no value in trying to discuss the tonal qualities of their instruments. I get the impression that they wanted to sand blast everything and just showcase the tattered bones and flesh that remained.
The Body of Hell have delivered an authentic work in the vein of bio-mechanical Surrealism, or even Dada. It takes some time to digest and acquaint yourself with the context, at least it did for me. I am not a huge fan of either band: The Body already resides on the far side of my listenable music spectrum and Full of Hell I’m only newly familiar with. However, I have seen both bands live and both appreciate and respect what they do. Because of that, I recommend picking up a copy of this. You will feel things through this music that you didn’t expect, and that is the whole point of art and expression.
In summation: One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache is the Elephant’s Foot of Chernobyl; the sonic equivalent of tossing an anvil into the mouth of an earthen fissure, after having been chained to the ankle of a screaming child.
Favorite track: ‘Gehorwilt’.