The Body

“There’s heaviness. There’s brutality. Then there’s The Body.” – Metal Sucks

It has been said by more than a few intrepid listeners that The Body is the most brutal band on the planet. With ravishing grimness and impenetrable walls of noise, the duo of Chip King and Lee Buford create music that goes beyond what is normally considered harsh and violent, advocating a doctrine of misanthropy to those brave enough to take the plunge. Since their recording career began in earnest in 2004, The Body has expanded the definition of what it means to be a metal band, incorporating elements of noise, avant-garde composition, and experimental electronic music into their crushing doom and searing black metal foundation. Christs, Redeemers, the duo’s latest transmission of loathing and revulsion, finds King and Buford pushing even further into the horrifying unknown.

Christs, Redeemers conjures this atmosphere of foreboding and isolation sonically, lyrically, and visually. The album opens with washes of sound and one forlorn voice penetrating the ether before launching into the brutal, ghostly dirge of “To Attempt Openness,” featuring frequent collaborators the Assembly of Light Choir. Unexpected bursts of noise, generated by guitars and electronics, puncture any sense of comfort or complacency and eerie samples float from the ether. King and Buford masterfully use the spectral space between the sounds to create almost unimaginable tension, employing silence as effectively as they do cacophony. This restraint, the knowledge of when to punish with volume and when to punish with the absence thereof, bestows the moments of fury with gravity.

King’s screams are the centerpiece of the band’s aesthetic: panic-stricken and distraught, constantly on the verge of breaking. His lyrics are no less unhinged. On the album’s colossal closer “Bearer of Bad Tidings,” he shrieks “Life worthless and devoid of any meaning…all the world a grave.” Buford’s drums act as both a stabilizer and instigator of the madness, at times pushing the proceedings further into oblivion and others providing a lifeline for the listener as the guitars and electronics deliberately push you toward the brink.

The album was recorded at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket, RI, where The Body has recorded all previous album releases. During the recording process King and Buford play the double role of players and auteurs, bringing in a diverse group of collaborators, from the aformentioned Assembly of Light Choir to noise musician Work/Death and Ryan Seaton of Callers, to realize their hell scapes. They will be touring the US extensively in the fall.
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“Christs, Redeemers not only certifies “The Body” as a legit genre (who the hell else sounds like The Body? No one.) and with it the duo has captured the sound of the apocalypse... From its morbid and sonically insane noise-wall backdrop, blood-throated, six feet under screams, stadium-sized death-grip riffs, symphonic arrangements and pummeling drums torture, The Body has reached its terror epic apex.” - Noisey/Vice

"King’s shriek is the sound of exaggerated nightmares, his shrill scream so anxiety-inducing that it puts your animal brain on high alert for imminent danger... Buford’s drums create a deep valley of darkness on “To Attempt Openness”. Though it only last seven minutes, it’s so dense and developed that you could stare into its void for days." - Pitchfork (Grayson Currin)

"...[One} of the most remarkable acts bubbling up from the extreme-metal underground." - The New Yorker

Christs, Redeemers captured the hearts of many listeners last year: The Quietus - #1 Best of Metal 2013, #78 Album of 2013,,All Music Guide - Favorite Metal Albums of 2013,,Vice - #5 Album of 2013,, CVLT Nation - #3 Sludge Record of the Year,, Amoeba Records - #9 Essential Albums Released in 2013
“There’s heaviness. There’s brutality. Then there’s The Body...When it comes to sheer physical heaviness, few can even come close to them. The Body’s low end breaks you apart, then rebuilds you more resilient.” - Metal Sucks
"[One] of the most remarkable acts bubbling up from the extreme-metal underground." - New Yorker
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