The Body – No One Deserves Happiness (2016)

July 23, 2016
The Body – No One Deserves Happiness (2016)

(words by Le Manifico Doomfindaaaah Jenerales)

Before anything else, can you just take a second to appreciate how amazing that artwork and album title is…. 
The Body are a two piece sludge band from somewhere in America. Well I say sludge, but they don’t sound anything like Eyehategod et al, but they are slow, heavy and unpleasant, so it’s close enough.

The album opens up pleasantly (if not miserably) enough with “Wanderings” which has just a simple drum beat and some nice female vocals telling you repeatedly to “go it alone” for about 2 minutes until some of the best high pitched harsh vocals join in. The second song keeps the same sort of feeling, adding layers of distorted heavy slow guitar but with the female vocals being used solely for the chorus this time. Just as you think you have the measure of the album though, “For You” pummels you into submission with a barrage of noise, drums and screams. “The Fall and the Guilt” strips back everything to pretty much just piano and lovely vocals, but with a creepy, constant crackly hum underpinning it. The last track, “The Myth Arc” manages to do this same sort of thing but better, with the vocals almost being drowned out in a sea of horrible noise. 

All in all the whole thing is just wonderful. Well, horrible. But you get the idea.

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