The Body & Full Of Hell - One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache - (7/10)
Published on April 29, 2016
Dark industrial misery.
The prolific duo The Body have been pumping out bile for about 17 years now, with an ever-growing pile of releases, and a list of collaborators counting similarly acidic acts such as Thou and Krieg. Unleashed only a week after their fifth full-length No One Deserves Happiness, this team effort with powerviolence marauders Full Of Hell sees both bands plunge into deeper crevices of misanthropic viciousness. Although it might seem melodramatic to the uninitiated, One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache is an apt title for such a profoundly bleak and nihilistic piece.
One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache begins with a hollow-sounding drumbeat, before the slowly buzzing and droning darkness so typical of The Body’s Lee Buford and Chip King is brutally slammed against Full Of Hell’s noisy assault. Complete annihilation of the senses feels like the main objective, grinding full speed ahead as Full Of Hell’s drummer David Bland abuses the living daylights out of his poor drumkit. Around the half-way mark, The Body’s signature industrial-tinged sludge rears its ugly head, as both frontmen howl until their lungs bleed while Bland keeps a neurotic and frantic beat. “Fleshworks” is another fast-paced number, featuring sampled choirs and eardrum-shredding carnage, while the cover of Leonard Cohen’s “The Butcher” is a slowly churning puddle of musical black tar.
With both bands twisting together raw sludge and powerviolence, there isn’t the slightest glimpse of light at the end of this tunnel. On the slow end of the spectrum, both “Gehorwilt” and “Bottled Urn” feel like being slowly dragged through a massive rusting machinery, grinding limb after limb into a raw meaty paste. Bowel-squashing bass-drops and echoing screams are tied tightly together with a cold industrial soundscape, creating an atmosphere of dread and despair of a different variety than what The Body have dabbled in before. Then you have furious climaxes like “World Of Hope And No Pain”, where Full Of Hell’s crusty berserkergang tears the scab right off as the bands rake their fingers through the open wound.
Between the grim abrasive noise, the shrill screams, and the ugly, harsh sound, One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache is an extremely bitter pill to swallow. With that in mind, as a collaborative effort by two of the most antagonistic forces in extreme music, The Body and Full Of Hell have succeeded in their mission to thoroughly ruin your day. This is probably the foulest-sounding album you will hear all year, and the world feels a little grayer with every tortured turn of the cog.