The Body: Master, We Perish

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The Body: Master, We Perish
Doom Metal, Sludge Metal
At a Loss Recordings
April 30th, 2013
Release length: 18:01
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Since their debut self-titled album in 2004, The Body has been making plenty of waves throughout the musical underground. Their brand of Sludge and Doom Metal performances with or without the hints of Droning and Ambience has set them apart from the others in this field, even helping to forge a path for this style, and those who embody it. This Providence, Rhode Island-based two-piece formed back in 1999, taking their time to serve up three albums, the most recent being the less-than-favorably received Nothing Passes, as well as a slew of EPs. Now, we face their latest creation, a three song, eighteen minute EP titled Master, We Perish, but does it find the band taking advantage of their talents?

Right off the bat, the audio is a sign of good things to come. The slightly raw touch meshed with deep tuning compliments the environments. The guitars are a bit on the mid-range level, though not afraid to throw some deeper distortions your way as well, feeding into the twanging bass guitar. This instrument adds a little extra bite to the infectious rhythms, and helps to make the heaviest of all areas that much more crushing. The snares have a far more tribal, and slightly distant sound to them, while the bass kicks carry a very low click, and the cymbals mixed in between both levels. Sometimes there are female harmonizations in the background, but they only serve to increased the richness of the music at given times, especially the deeper into the recording you go. There also are some heavily limited male screams with some feedback heavy studio effects that can carry over to the guitars.

This is literally what happens with “The Ebb and Flow of Tides in a Sea of Ash.” The music starts off simple enough, sounding an alarm with some mid-tempo drumming and steady bass for a good forty-five seconds. The aggression amps up quickly thanks to the amount of feedback on the vocals and instruments. It acts as a nice start, though not the most memorable song present, finding the incredibly short length working against it. “The Blessed Lay Down and Writhe in Agony” throws some beautiful female choir singing together with some catchy mid-tempo music. The only gripe is the higher pitched shouting. This isn’t used too long here, but it can be a bit obnoxious after a while. It isn’t a bad idea in the end though, as it could represent the “agony” the song title hints at. Either way, the loud performance strikes like a behemoth possessed and gyrating when not being a consistant and intimidating force. This is more like entering the second gate of a dark and sinister ritual, watching the over five and a half minutes come and go as if flames dancing around you.

But it isn’t until “Worship” that the true scope of this nightmarish trip is understood. Ritualistic drumming and metal clanging against metal in the background give an easy experience of a sacrificial ceremony, and you’re the guest of honor. This cut is easily the cornerstone of the release. The deeper you get, the more enchanted you become by the rhythmic drumming that comes to life against the additional instruments and sound effects in the background, offering a grand finale of absolute chaos that is nearly impossible to keep track of. The madness that erupts even half way through will begin to play on your comprehension of reality, finding noises to be somewhere closeby, but really are nowhere near, if not already ended.

Master, We Perish is a surprising EP that barely clocks over eighteen minutes. Things start off a bit rocky, and even the higher pitched screams can get a bit annoying, but the deeper you get, the more impressive and psychotic it all becomes. By the time you’re done, the performance has the potential to alter your mind, and if you’re already on something to do that, even as simple as lack of sleep, it becomes a completely different experience. If you’ve been on the edge with The Body for a while, then Master, We Perish has the best chance of winning you over.

01. The Ebb and Flow of Tides in a Sea of Ash – 2:50
02. The Blessed Lay Down and Writhe in Agony – 5:32
03. Worship – 9:39
Initial Pressing Score: 7/10

The Body (band)

Digital review copy of this release provided by At a Loss Records via Earsplit PR.