The Body – “Even Saints Knew Their Hour Of Failure And Loss” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Body – “Even Saints Knew Their Hour Of Failure And Loss” (Stereogum Premiere)

Shaggy Providence “post-doom” twosome the Body’s excellent second album All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood opens with the collective voices of the Assembly Of Light Choir, its 13 female members weaving a light, airy hymn that turns ominous as it uncoils over seven minutes and collides with a heavy, sludgy crunch supplied by Lee Buford (drums) and Chip King (vocals/guitar). The core duo mentions being influenced by Charles Manson, Shoko Asahara, and Jim Jones. That’s conceptual, maybe philosophical. They could add Sunn O))) for visual presentation — and maybe some of the patient, painterly doom details spread throughout the collection — but otherwise they chart their own expansive course. Sometimes they make me think of godhead Silo literalizing Skyward In Triumph with the help of almost three dozen extra musicians. Other times they’re a focused punk beat-down as suffocatingly crusty and heavy as Fistula. On a track like “Ruiner” you get Khanate-esque vocalizations amid the elegantly dirty Earth-on-Eyehategod ebb and flow. Elsewhere, Robert Lowe of Lichens adds his voice. And a gang of drums brings the collection to a close via the 13-minute “Lathspell I Name You.” Throughout, the choir keeps resurfacing … As on “Even Saints Knew Their Hour Of Failure And Loss,” a track the works as a great introduction to what the band can do.

The Body – “Even Saints Knew Their Hour Of Failure And Loss”

All Of The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood is out via At A Loss. Go see them live:

08/16 – Albuquerque, NM @ AU
08/17 – Denver, CO @ Rhinoceropolis
08/18 – Kansas City @ Studded Bird
08/19 – Oklahoma City @ The Conservatory
08/20 – Tulsa, OKĀ  @ Under The Mooch Records
08/21 – Dallas, TX @ Pastime Tavern
08/22 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Sugar Shack w/ Thou
08/23 – New Orleans, LA @ Mudlark Theatre w/ Thou
08/24-27 Little Rock,AR @ TBA
08/28 – Tallahasee, FL @ Farside
08/29 – Pensacola FL @ Sluggos
08/30 – Gainesville, FL @ TBA
08/31 – Tampa, FL @ Transitions
09/01 – Ft. Meyers, FL @ TBA
09/02 – Miami, FL @ TBA
09/03 – Jacksonville, FL @ TBA
09/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
09/05 – Asheville, NC @ Static Age w/ US Christmas
09/06 – Greensboro, NC @ Legit Biz
09/07 – Nashville, TN @ Little Hamilton Collective
09/08 – St. Louis @ APOP Records
09/09 – Somerset, KY @ Carnegie Arts Center
09/10 – Cincinatti, OH @ The Bunker
09/11 – Columbus, OH @ TBA
09/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
09/13 – Richmond, VA @ TBA
09/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBA
09/16 – New York, NY @ Acheron

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