Entries tagged with: The Body
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Full of Hell at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The collaboration between The Body and Full of Hell is coming soon after being talked about for what felt like for forever. They've released a new song from One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, which comes out March 25 via Neurot (pre-order), called "The Little Death."
Those expecting brutality here will not be disappointed. The screeching noise of The Body colliding with the furious grind of Full of Hell essentially renders the concepts of "notes" or "discernable sounds" more or less irrelevant. This is a blistering wash of fury, punctuated by drum and vocal breaks, thundering breakdowns, and pervaded by a general air of insanity. You can stream it below.
The Body and Full of Hell will tour Europe together in April. Before that, FOH will be in NYC to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/11 with Pig Destroyer, Dropdead, and recent additions Cloud Rat and Mother Brain. Tickets for that show are still on sale.
The Body have their own new album on the way too.
Stream "The Little Death" (via Spin) and check out tour dates for Full of Hell and FOH/The Body below...
The 2016 Festival Nrmal takes place March 12 & 13 at Deportivo Lomas Altas in Mexico City. (That's right before SXSW.) This year's lineup includes Slowdive, Deerhunter, Battles, Health, Empress Of, Low, Acid Mothers Temple and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup is listed below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Pig Destroyer at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Drew Gurian)
Grindcore greats Pig Destroyer have a few dates coming up this year, including a NYC show with Dropdead and Full of Hell at Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 11 (that's a killer lineup). Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (1/12) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Pig Destroyer put out a reissue of their classic album Prowler in the Yard in 2015, which you can still snag over at Relapse. Their last new album was 2012's Book Burner.
Guitarist Scott Hull is also busy with Agoraphobic Nosebleed, who are prepping the release of their Arc EP for January 22. It contains their first recordings since 2009 and it's the first of 4 EPs set to release in 2016. They just premiered the second of three tracks from Arc, which is called "Deathbed." Like "Not A Daughter," it's a crushing, seething 8-minute riff-monster of a doom song. More hulking and less groove-oriented for the beginning, it explodes around the 5-minute mark into a swinging, swaggering southern-rock riff that just floors. It's another stunning piece of work from Scott, Kat Katz and company that has us excited for all the new music in store from these guys.
New Pig Destroyer bassist John Jarvis, who plays live with PD and Agoraphobic Nosebleed, is also in that new Phil Anselmo supergroup Scour.
Speaking of Full of Hell, they just officially announced their long in-the-works collaborative album with The Body (who are collaborating with everyone these days). That album will be called One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache and it comes out on March 25.
You can check out the teaser for that album, the new Agoraphobic Nosebleed song, the Prowler in the Yard reissue, and Pig Destroyer dates below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Portland via Providence blown-out noise doom duo The Body have been doing a ton of collaborations in the past few years, with the likes of Krieg, Full of Hell, and Thou, but now they've announced a new solo full-length for release in 2016. The official follow-up to 2014's I Shall Die Here (which actually was sort of a collaboration, with The Haxan Cloak) is called No One Deserves Happiness. It's out March 18 on Thrill Jockey, and it's being termed by the band "the grossest pop album of all time," They've released the first song, which is called "Shelter Is Illusory," and it's a definite curveball from a band that has thrown its fair share of them over the past few years.
Featuring vocals from Maralie Armstrong of Humanbeast, the pop descriptor is weirdly accurate here, particularly in relation to the often impenetrably dense, intellectualized music the Body have been known to release. There's a beat over this that you might actually call danceable, and the Body's patented shrieks eventually give way to like, an actual melody. This is no one's idea of accessible, but coming from this band it at least marks a turn towards accessibility. That's probably the most surprising thing they could have done at this point.
The Body were just announced as part of the lineup for Moogfest 2016, and they'll be playing Netherlands metal fest Roadburn in April, but no other tour dates have been announced at the moment. Listen to "Shelter is Illusory" below.
The 2016 edition of Moogfest will happen May 19 - 22 in Durham, North Carolina. This year's lineup includes Explosions in the Sky, Sunn O))), Gary Numan, Blood Orange, Julianna Barwick, The Orb, Holly Herndon, Daniel Lanois, Simian Mobile Disco, Ben Frost, Floating Points, Kode9, Hundred Waters, Empress Of, Mad Professor, Moses Sumney, Mac McCaughan, Lunice, Ryan Hemsworth, Tim Hecker, YACHT and more. Festival passes are on sale now.
Numan will be performing his first three albums (Replicas, The Pleasure Principle, and Telekon) over three nights at three different venues. Laurie Anderson will also perform her show "The Language of the Future" that weaves stories and songs, and will also appear at a Moogfest "in conversation" event. Reggie Watts (who is also appearing) announces the lineup in a video with one of his improvised loop pedal performances, which you can watch below. Or you can just check out a list of all announced performers below too.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
The Body and Krieg are releasing a self-titled collaborative album this week via At A Loss Recordings. The Body have been active collaborators for the past few years, releasing music (and sometimes touring) with Thou, Vampillia, Braveyoung, and more. The new record with Krieg, the one-man black metal project of Neill Jameson (who was featured on that new Abigail Williams album), was recorded a couple years back and is just now seeing the light of day.
The album is perhaps more brutal that one reasonably could have expected. The washed-out, terrifying noise stylings of the Body have worked their way into the aggressive, angry black metal of Krieg to create something decidedly avant-garde, something that registers more as harsh noise than heavy metal. As Jon Rosenthal at Invisible Oranges noted:
Sonically, this is a bit out of left field for what one would expect to be a crushing, blackened doom metal masterpiece. Utilizing this collaboration as an exploration of their more disparate genre ends, The Body & Krieg is as crushing as one would expect, but in that special, bludgeoning, mechanical way that one might associate with early Swans, the misery of Suicide, and the melodic exploration of Public image Ltd. This one-off collaboration slams your psyche again, again, and again - it is a machine built to break your essence.Stream the whole self-titled LP below (via Noisey).
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Wrekmeister Harmonies - Night of Your Ascension
Chicago's art-doom project Wrekmeister Harmonies is releasing its new album Night of Your Ascension just a year after 2014's And Then It All Came Down. As usual, Wrekmeister mastermind J.R. Robinson has enlisted an impressive roster of collaborators from Chicago and elsewhere this album, including Marissa Nadler, Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubaten), Olivia Block, Sanford Parker (Corrections House), Bruce Lamont (Corrections House, Yakuza), Mark Solotroff (Anatomy of Habit), Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine), harpist Mary Lattimore, plus multiple members of The Body (Lee Buford and Chip King) and the sadly defunct Indian (Dylan O'Toole and Ron DeFries), and still more. Each year it seems, Robinson brings together so many vital Chicago artists that the releases have the feel of an annual family get-together, albeit a depressive, occasionally scary family. As the group has expanded well beyond Chicago, it sounds like the recording logistics of getting all these people together have become more and more of a feat.
In a first for J.R., the new record features two separate songs. Both are based on real-life stories that orbit around religion and death. The title track focuses on Don Carlo Gesualdo, a 16th-century Italian who murdered his wife buy was protected by the Church. "Run Priest Run" is about convicted pedophile Father John Goeghan, focusing on the time before he was killed in prison by a fellow inmate. All told, par for the course from a project who's last album was about Truman Capote interviewing a Charles Manson associate. J.R. tells Noisey:
Yeah. For example, the string section for "The Night of Your Ascension." I had the original score of this Don Carlo Gesualdo madrigal I wanted them to use but I didn't want it followed to the letter. Chromatically, as it is written, it's pretty clashing. I wanted to make it all in the key of A and smooth everything out. And I wanted to record at this crematorium, so we had to get mobile recording gear and set up in there. Then I did the same with the choir.The title track is perhaps the most immediate we've ever heard from Wrekmeister Harmonies. As before, the album starts with a mellow, quiet section before exploding into thunderous doom-metal, but here the quiet section moves away from the ethereal, drone-focused music of the last two albums and straight into folk, with strummed guitars, a string section, and Nadler's haunting vocals carrying the song into darkly hummable territory. When the inevitable crush of the guitars come, they feel more organic, a bit softer around the edges, and are further tempered by a couple of beautiful arpeggiated guitar passages that inch this thing towards prog. "Run Priest Run," meanwhile, is a brutally single-minded piece, shorter and more chilling by half than what precedes it. It also progresses from quiet to loud, but here it's more of a downward spiral, with the screams of a dying man (sounds like The Body to me) sending the album out on its own very specific terms.
Wrekmeister Harmonies will tour in December with Bell Witch, who will be the backing band for that tour (which is crazy) and who are about to play Martyrdoom. You can check out those dates and stream Night of Your Ascension below.
In somewhat related news, this album comes a week after the guest-filled Abigail Williams album, which features Will Lindsay, who like Dylan O'Toole, was in the now-defunct Indian but is now in Lord Mantis whose former frontman Charlie Fell is also on that album by Abigail Williams, the band of another ex-Lord Mantis member Ken Sorceron. Got that?
photo: The Body at Acheron in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Sludge/drone/noise band The Body already played NYC three times this year, twice with Full of Hell in April and then again earlier this month at Apex Fest (full set video below). Now they have another run of dates announced which brings them back here in August.
The new dates hit NYC on 8/11 at Acheron with Of Muscle & Marrow and Hasj. Tickets for that one are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
After their August tour, The Body have a collaborative fall tour with Thou, who will be in NYC on their tour with False for two shows this summer.
All The Body dates are listed, with the Apex Fest video and a stream of "A.R." from their recent The Tears of Job EP, below...
photo: Thou at ABC No Rio in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The tour hits NYC twice, first for a Saint Vitus show on July 31, and then for a matinee at ABC No Rio (8/1) the next day. Advance tickets for Vitus are on sale now. After that run, Thou will go on a collaborative tour with The Body in support of their collaborative album, You, Whom I Have Always Hated. All dates (with more TBA) are listed below.
Speaking of False, they finally followed their 2012 split with Barghest (who have members of Thou) with their first full length last week. Like their 2011 EP, it's untitled, and out now on Gilead Media. You can stream the full thing below.
Water Torture in Germany in 2014
Buffalo, NY's two bassist, one drummer powerviolence trio Water Torture are on this year's Maryland Deathfest (browse the schedule), but ahead of that, they'll play NYC twice. The first is a headlining show at Saint Vitus on April 19 with Beefrot, Huldra, Nerve Shatter and Leather Lung, which they say will be the first show with their new drummer (tickets). After that, they'll return to the same venue to open the Saint Vitus (5/16) stop of the Full of Hell / The Body tour (tickets).
The only other date we're currently aware of is a Cambridge show in May. Full tour schedule, and a stream of last year's Pillbox LP, below...
photo: The Body at The Acheron in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The sixth biennial experimental/metal/electronic Apex Fest goes down this year at Ridgewood, Queens venue Trans-Pecos from June 5-7. It features live music on day 1 from Jarl and more TBA; day 2 from Gnaw Their Tongues, Trepaneringspiritualen, Menace Ruine, IRM, Burial Hex, Sutekh Hexen and Barren Harvest; and day 3 from Sophia, Svartsinn, Karjalan, Northaunt, Havan, Funerary Call and a set from The Body with special guest collaborators. There's also various short films, visual works and DJ sets. Tickets for the festival and more info HERE.
No word yet who those collaborators are, but the fest is a few weeks after The Body wrap up a tour with Full of Hell (who they're planning a collaborative album with), and they also put out a collaborative album with Thou earlier this year.
Tickets are on sale now for The Body's show with Full of Hell at Saint Vitus on May 16, and those bands play a matinee at ABC No Rio that day too (ticket info TBA).
Updated The Body dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Full of Hell at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hardcore maniacs Full of Hell and sludge/drone metallers The Body are teaming up for a tour together this spring. It kicks off in Providence in mid-April, and ends back there in mid-May. Just before it wraps up, they'll play NYC twice in one day: Saturday, May 16 at ABC No Rio and Saint Vitus. Check ABC No Rio's calendar for updates, but presumably that one's a matinee show and they play Vitus at night. Vitus tickets should be on sale soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.
After the tour, Full of Hell and The Body plan to record a collaborative record together, which definitely sounds like something to look forward to. And these are two bands who love collaborations. Late last year, Full of Hell put out a collaborative LP with Merzbow. That came up with a CD-only bonus disc called Sister Fawn which has five extra tracks, and that's now been made available for online streaming. Listen below.
Photo: Grouper @ the Guggenheim in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tiny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014, and as TMT lists usually are, it's a pretty eccentric one with a lot of stuff that wasn't making everyone's list this year. Sure you've got Grouper, Andy Stott, Sun Kil Moon, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Arca, Pharmakon, Perfume Genius, Ariel Pink, Swans and FKA twigs, but you've also got Ninos Du Brasil, Gem Jones, James Ferraro, Call Super, C L E A N E R S, Kevin Drumm & Jason Lescalleet and more.
Read their entertaining intro and commentary on the albums here, and browse their full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong)
Evan Weiss is just about everywhere in the emo world right now, whether it's in Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There (with Mike Kinsella), Pet Symmetry, Stay Ahead of the Weather, or any other active band we may be forgetting, or producing records for The Jazz June and You Blew It!, or running his record label. He bridges the gap between old school and new school as far as his tourmates go, and sometimes you'll find him somewhere totally un-emo like Lollapalooza.
One of his most beloved bands though, is one who only put out one full length and two EPs in the early-mid 2000s before breaking up, The Progress. Their sole LP, 2006's Merit, was keeping the indie rock-oriented mathy style of '90s emo alive way before it was trendy to do that. It's one of the true gems to have come out during emo's (for lack of better words) "hair metal phase." And now it looks like The Progress may be reuniting.
In November, Absolute Punk pointed to to a tweet from Evan that reads "oh yeah, that thing i confirmed is a show. for a band that hasn't played a show in 7 years" and hashtagged "US Camera." That was pretty convincing on its own, but now Evan has posted a show announcement confirming a show for December 30 at Boot & Saddle in Philly with the caption "take the hint" and a show flyer that looks suspiciously similar to the Merit artwork. Hint taken. The only technically announced bands for that bill are Sleep In and Dryjacket. Tickets are on sale now. If it is in fact a Progress show, let's hope it's not the only one!
Meanwhile, Evan has given us a list of his favorite LPs and EPs of 2014. It's a cool, diverse list ranging from ambient pop to powerviolence, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Into It. Over It. also has an upcoming solo tour with Kevin Devine and Laura Stevenson (doesn't hit NYC), and he recently put out the video for "Spinning Thread" (dir. Max Moore) from last year's Intersections LP. Watch that, with his year-end list, some Progress song streams and the Philly show flyer, below...
Gazelle Twin's 'Unflesh'
Now that it's December, Best of Lists Season is in full swing. If you're already tired of seeing ones that have The War on Drugs at the top (or near it), you can always rely on UK website The Quietus to offer up something different. They just published their "Albums Of The Year 2014" and topping it is electronic artist Gazelle Twin's second album, Unflesh. Say The Quietus:
On Unflesh, Gazelle Twin - aka Elizabeth Bernholz - doesn't see dualism as an academic exercise or a philosophical plaything. Instead, it's born of bloody experience as she claws and digs her way to its gory, physical core. Puberty, anxiety, miscarriage, illness and euthanasia are all present, and Bernholz's treatment of them ranges from a shuddering disgust to vengeful catharsis to something approaching tender acceptance.The Quietus' list is not without names familiar to readers of our site -- Swans, Scott Walker & Sunn O))), FKA twigs, Aphex Twin, Future Islands -- but it definitely does not follow the beaten path.
Check out The Quietus' full "Albums Of The Year 2014" (and stream a few songs from their #1) below...
by Ian Chainey
Sludgesters The Body's 2014 M.O. to Voltron with vicious bands across the continent has brought them back to their former homebase, Providence, Rhode Island. It's there that they've found Sandworm, a raw USBM duo who play their music in the spirit of the sand-blasted terrains of the desert. We're streaming a track from their forthcoming split with the Body on Invisible Oranges and had this to say about the micro-sized flayer:
On this track, Sandworm are black metal simplicity and ingenuity incarnate: a few good riffs, a steady beat, and fried vocals. Yet "Desert Warfare" is also teeming with ideas, be it the meter-shifting digressions or the way the guitar crashes around the mix, creating a charged atmosphere presaging bolts of lightning. In under two minutes, Sandworm nail the black metal particulars while also forming a universe that opens up on closer inspection. You lose yourself in the replays. Neat. Also, yeah, bleak.The Body/Sandworm split is out via Thrill Jockey on October 21 (preorder). It contains one, side-long Body track and a heaping helping of concise cutters from Sandworm. You can stream "Desert Warfare" below.
The split will actually be dropped in a middle of The Body and Sandworm's tour. The jaunt through the western half of North America will run through locations like Seattle, Denver, and Los Angeles. Sandworm will actually get things rolling in the East, too, hitting NYC's the Acheron on September 23. Advance tickets and support slots are still to come. You can check out the full tour slate for both bands below, including the Body's stop at Southwest Terror Fest. Hopefully the Body have a functioning ride by then.
All of the dates are listed, along with streams of Sandworm's "Desert Warfare" and the Body's 2013 compilation, below.
by Ian Chainey
Noisy sludgesters The Body are gearing to tour if they have a van that will survive the trek. To make that happen, the band has set up an Indiegogo campaign, opening with this pitch:
If you follow us, you know we tour a ton but we've never owned a van that wasn't at least 12 years old and had over 200,000 miles upon us buying it from some freak on Craigslist. Honestly, we feel weird about crowd funding so we tried to offer stuff that we would be selling anyways in some other format. We would buy it with our own money but we're borderline animals with no careers because we've thrown our lives in the toilet to tour 6 months a year and surprisingly, yelling to people doesn't pay like it did in the 80's.I feel like this is the section where they get a slow clap for honesty.
Of course, one of the highlights of crowdsourced projects is window shopping the donor perks, and this one has some goodies. The options include snagging a never-to-be-pressed again album, T-shirts featuring either member of the duo, and a chance for the band to take you out for pizza. You can watch a video on the fundraising campaign below.
The Body have had another busy year, releasing two collaboration albums -- I Shall Die Here with the Haxan Cloak and Released From Love with Thou, which we premiered on Invisible Oranges -- along with a bevy of early summer shows including dates with Thou and a spot at this year's Gilead Fest. They're currently scheduled to appear at Southwest Terror Fest in Tucson, Arizona in October.
The campaign video along with streams from their 2014 releases appear below.
by Ian Chainey
Electric Wizard at MDF 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro)
UK doomers Electric Wizard announced a new album. This one is called Time to Die and the title plays into a theme, according to singer/guitarist Jus Oborn: "All of our albums in the past have had a theme -- revenge, drugs, black magick -- and the theme of this one is death. Of course, death to us really means rebirth, so this album is a manifestation of a very primal occult belief in the final sacrifice. We have gone full circle -- it was inevitable, but we had to do it. We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger." A release date hasn't been lined up, but Electric Wizard will be playing some select Euro fests this summer. Cover art and dates can be seen below.
In tour news, Empty Vessels, who recently played Punk Island, are hitting the road in support of the Kurt Ballou-produced Seizures Within Reason. This tour mainly swings through the West Coast. The full slate of dates and three tracks from Seizures Within Reason are below.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
Wolves in the Throne Room are spinning Celestite (preorder) -- their kinda ambient, komische reworking of prior material -- in full at the Grey Lady. Will Shortz, huge weed hound. Plus, Judas Priest have put the entirety of Redeemer of Souls on iTunes. They'll be hitting New York in the fall. Wolvhammer have unveiled Clawing Into Black Sun (preorder). You can check that one out below. Finally, Mortals -- who will be playing a record release show at the Acheron on July 18 -- dropped the monstrous Cursed To See the Future (preorder), which you can play below. All four albums will see a physical release on July 8.
For single tracks and teasers, Bastard Sapling previewed "Forbidden Sorrow" from Instinct is Forever (August 26, Gilead Media). The blackened d-beaters Martyrdod are streaming the title track from Elddop (July 22, Southern Lord - Preorder). And the mighty YOB are providing another tantalizing peek at Clearing The Path To Ascend (September 2, Neurot Recordings). All songs and videos are available below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (7/3): Wanna catch some up-and-comers before the holiday? Buckshot Facelift, Huldra, OTTO MAN, Dealers, and Thera Roya play Saint Vitus (tickets).
Saturday (7/5): Collaborators Thou and the Body play twice on Saturday, hitting ABC No Rio for an afternoon matinee with Mongrel and Vilkacis before heading to Palisades for a late-night show with Ghastly City Sleep and Pygmy Lush. ThouTickets are $8 at the door. If compacter punk is more your game, Warthog, Leather Daddy, Jock's Blood, and Ajax are playing Saint Vitus (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: Upcoming Metal Releases was slim, but as always, the quality was there. We had premieres aplenty from Mutilation Rites, Entrails, and Wrought Iron. We also blabbed with quite a few metallers, including Phil Hall (Cannabis Corpse), Craig Hayes (South of Heaven), and the legendary Ihsahn (Emperor). But the highlight of the week were the pretty pictures snapped at Agalloch and Martyrdoom.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below. And enjoy your July 4 Weekend.
Dates, streams, etc, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Boston's Fórn just released a new track from their forthcoming EP The Departure of Consciousness titled "Dweller on the Threshold," and it's a sludge-caked doom monster. Punishingly heavy, here's what we had to say about it over at Invisible Oranges:
"Dweller on the Threshold," the opening track (not counting an ambient intro) of Fórn's forthcoming EP The Departure of Consciousness, is a bit of a knock-down, drag-it-out bruiser. The sparse, punishing drums; the fuzzed-out big-riff brutality; the throaty, palpably disgusted, up-in-front vocals; the menacing anticipatory build; the insanity of the deathed-out blast release: these give "Dweller on the Threshold" a threatening, gruff quality. It's a killer opening track statement. While "Dweller of the Threshold" drags you through viscous sludge out back to the alley, though, note the rich, at times absorbing melancholic atmosphere...Look for the album on Vendetta Records later this summer -- it's going to be a goodie.
...The push and pull and knowing when to hit the jets makes for a really well conceived and, despite the pulsating gruffness of the track, polished song. Special mention has to go to the killer vocals--the throaty belch is mile-deep, and the hysterical shriek that comes in when shit hits the fan is gold.
Fórn is playing some West Coast dates which you can check out below, but, sadly, don't have much on the East Coast outside the New England region. They play Providence, RI with Sin of Angels and Lycus on June 29, and are also playing with the Thou & The Body in Worcester, MA on July 7 with Rozamov.
The Thou/The Body tour, though, does hit NYC on July 5 with a matinee at ABC No Rio. Then that night they'll play Bushwick's Palisades with Ghastly City Sleep, and Pygmy Lush. Tickets for the previously unannounced Palisades show are on sale now.
All Forn and Thou/The Body tour dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Doug Moore
Whitehorse at the Acheron, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Both Australian sludge/noise unit Whitehorse and prolific and like-minded Americans The Body (who, for the record, are in fact currently based in Portland, OR) are both at Roadburn this weekend and will embark on separate European tours afterwards. Once they've wrapped those up, the two will reconvene for a NYC show at Saint Vitus on May 8. along with compelling local support from Gnaw & Theologian. Tix are available now.
This won't be your only opportunity to catch The Body live this spring/summer -- they'll be back on July 5 at ABC No Rio as part of their tour with Thou, whom they just released a collaborative EP with. Not to be outdone by their tourmates in the absurdly-prolific department, Thou have also released another EP, this one a standalone entitled The Sacrifice. You can stream it below. In a thematically appropriate but wholly unsurprising twist, it features a Nirvana cover ("I Hate Myself and I Want to Die," specifically), a band they've covered before.
(And speaking of Saint Vitus and Nirvana...)
Check out the Thou stream and all lists of tour dates below...
By Doug Moore
This is a pleasant surprise. ("Pleasant" admittedly being used a little loosely there.) We've known for a while that Louisana sludge unit Thou and Portland art-metallers The Body are in album-producing mode -- The Body just put out an impressive collaboration with The Haxan Cloak, and Thou dropped a more conventional full length recently. We also knew that the two bands were planning on touring together this summer, including appearances at this year's Gilead Media Fest. But until very recently, we had no idea that the two bands were working on a four-song, vinyl-only collaborative effort.
Turns out that they were (duh); the results, entitled Released From Love, are streaming at Invisible Oranges this afternoon. From our writeup:
I've never been a huge fan of The Body, but between this recording and their collaboration with the Haxan Cloak, I am increasingly impressed by their ability to work effectively in concert with outside musicians. They play a supporting role on Released From Love, but they play it to the hilt. Thou's massive sonic presence occupies the foreground for most of the record -- the massive slouch of "The Wheel Weaves as the Wheel Wills" could be a lost track from last month's Heathen LP, and the closing cover of Vic Chesnutt's modern classic "Coward" is right in line with Thou's historic love for out-genre interpretations. The Body mostly run interference around the flanks of Thou's bulk throughout. Chip King's distinctive shriek punches through the mire and then retreats; caustic electronic sounds seethe up through seams in the riffage. If these bands were a street-fighting tag team, Thou would be the big hulking dude who occupies your attention long enough for the small, shifty Body to sneak up behind you and jam a knife between your ribs.Stream Released From Love below. While you're at it, check out the full run of Thou/The Body dates (which hits NYC at ABC No Rio on 7/5 for a matinee, plus a later show at a TBA venue) and the original version of that Vic Chesnutt tune...
by Doug Moore
Thou at ABC No Rio (more by Fred Pessaro)
It's been quite some time since arts-inclined Louisiana sludge unit Thou came to New York City. Now, with their fourth full-length album Heathen scheduled to drop on March 25 via Gilead Media, Thou are stepping into the live arena again. For starters, they've just announced a one-off NYC show at Saint Vitus on March 23. No openers yet, but tickets are on sale now.
The band are also preparing for separate tours with both Cloud Rat and The Body (who just released a song from their upcoming album, and who are playing Vitus the day before Thou). The former tour will be a West Coast tour, while the latter will return Thou to the East Coast. Both Thou and The Body will be playing NYC again on July 5 at ABC No Rio and a TBA NYC date the next night, plus they'll both be at the Gilead Media Festival in July as well.
All dates are listed (some venues still TBA), with a stream of Thou's last LP, below...
by Doug Moore
Portland racket-makers The Body have historically enjoyed collaboration albums, having worked with both The Assembly of Light choir on All The Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood and with Braveyoung on Nothing Passes.
They've just announced another collaborative album, and it's a doozy. On the upcoming I Shall Die Here LP, The Body will collaborate with critically-beloved electronic musician Bobby Krlic, AKA The Haxan Cloak. They've already debuted a song from the LP, which is pretty much what you'd expect -- noisy, repetitive, and forbidding. You can stream it below. I Shall Die Here will come out on April 1 in the US via RVNG.
In related news, the Body will be touring North America during the month of March (including an NYC stop at Saint Vitus on 3/22), as well as appearing at the Gilead Media Fest in Wisconsin in July. Meanwhile, The Haxan Cloak will play Barcelona's Primavera Sound fest on May 30.
Stream the new Body tune and check out their upcoming dates below...
by Wyatt Marshall
The Body at The Acheron, June 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As you may know, the Gilead Media Fest is happening in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 18 - 20 and has announced a number of additions to what was an already loaded lineup. Fest-goers can catch black metal bruisers Barghest, get solid doses of sludge and doom from Kowloon Walled City and Loss, and bear witness to what looks to be UK experimental black/death band Lychgate's debut US performance. That's in addition to performances from previously announced acts Ash Borer, Hell, Inter Arma, Hexer, Mutilation Rites, Oozing Wound and more. The Body and Thou will be collaborating for a performance, too, which will be one that will surely rattle ear drums. tickets are on sale now. Look for two more bands to be announced soon.
Speaking of The Body, they're touring again and hitting Saint Vitus on 3/22. Still no word on advance tickets for that one.
Gilead Media Fest lineup below...
by Doug Moore
The Body at Acheron, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Do The Body ever stop touring? It doesn't seem like it. The Portland sludge transplants played NYC three times last year, including a memorable Halloween show. Now they've announced a fresh run of North American dates starting in March, including a NYC stop at Saint Vitus on 3/22. No tickets on sale yet, but there will be soon.
Check out the full set of dates, plus one of their signature spooky music videos, below...