The Body: I Shall Die Here (CD, Rvng, April 2014)

The Body are, it seems, a Portland-based duo who might be characterized as being on the experimental end of black metal. Apparently, they felt they were in a rut, so their label hired Bobby Krlic, better known as The Haxan Cloak to produce this record, and add a bit of his industrial drone techno magic. Apparently, the band and the producer didn’t get along. Whatever, the result is effective. As well as the doomy distorted bass and the incomprehensible shrieking you’d expect, there are some rumbling string action, some electronic shizzle which is presumably provided by Krlic, and some samples of people seemingly contemplating suicide in the face of terminal illness and other such cheery things. I probably shouldn’t have as much fun listening to this as I do.

I bought this from Boomkat. They call it Dark Ambient / Drone / Metal.

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