The Body
All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To...


3.5
great

Review

by Jake Hartman USER (5 Reviews)
October 21st, 2010 | 27 replies | 9,774 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unlike anything you've ever heard...

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Going into this album blind was probably not the best of choices. I didn’t know whether to expect something sludge based or perhaps something a little folk metal sounding (a thought that only occurred because of the album art). What I got was more like a combination of the two, plus a big, helping spoonful of chaos. The Body’s debut is sludge at heart, but it offers much more than the typical crushing rifts, slow tempos, and depressive nature associated with the genre. Not that this album doesn’t contain all of those things, but the maturity and experimentation found here is nothing short of impressive. All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood leaves you wondering if December 12, 2012 is more than just some crazy Mayan hype.

First, I must say that the atmosphere that encompasses this album is truly terrifying. Distorted guitars, pounding drums, tortured screams, samples, a choir, and even some strange Aborigine influenced segments combine to keep the listener on the edge of their seat through its entirety. The album does have its “calm” sections, the first 7 mood-setting minutes of album opener A Body, for instance. But, the majority of the tracks are mind numbingly heavy and intricate, with only one or two noticeably weaker tracks. I struggle to call them “weaker,” because the sound obtained in every song is phenomenal, but the approach they take is at times questionable. Song of Sarin, The Brave stands out in particular as a completely unnecessary song. Featuring a cymbal heavy drum beat accompanied by a 3 minute long sample and a screeching out of tune guitar, it never really gets anywhere and is more a filler than anything else. I would have liked to see them try something faster to give the listener something different to listen too, rather than another eerie mood setter.

Standout songs include Empty Hearth, which features a layered creepy native based vocal combined with some intense shrieks. Album closer Lathspell I Name You is much straighter up sludge than the rest of the album and is much better because of it. Other than those two, the album is fairly mediocre. All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood clocks in at almost 40 minutes, which could’ve been a little longer with a little more varied sound. For the most part, the album does exactly what it was made to do, which is to either scare the piss out of you or to cement that is THE album listen to after the ending of mankind.

The Body has crafted a successful debut with this release. I see only bright (or dark, depending on how you view it) things in their future if they continue to refine their unique sludge sound. For listeners of sludge or anybody that wants to experience a sound like they’ve never heard before. All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood creates a post-apocalyptic vibe that will leave your teeth clenched and your mind thoughtful. My own words can’t suffice my thoughts on this album well enough, so I’ll leave it to the band, themselves.

“Death to everything.”

…Couldn’t have said it better.

Recommended Tracks:
Lathspell I Name You
Empty Hearth
A Body



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2010



16259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was good, that's about it. Didn't really catch my attention too much.

puma35
October 21st 2010



972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the album or the review? haha

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2010



16259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha meant the album. Then again, haven't listened to this in a while so maybe another spin is in order.

puma35
October 21st 2010



972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh okay, yea I really enjoyed it the first listen, but then I realized there is much better sludge

BallsToTheWall
October 21st 2010



44164 Comments


Great album.

puma35
October 21st 2010



972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

your opinion coincides with my rating!

Grimlin
October 21st 2010



833 Comments


i liked this more when i first heard it. it's appeal has worn off a little since then, but i still think it's really good. good review.

xfearbefore
October 21st 2010



1245 Comments


"Unlike anything you've ever heard"...

I accept the challenge, going to try and find a copy of this now.

Album cover is creepy.

Digging: Tiger Army - Tiger Army

SCREAM!
October 21st 2010



9973 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you find another band that uses yoddling as the rhythm section behind its screams you definitely win something...i just dont know what yet.

Album is great and so is the review

Digging: Agalloch - The Serpent and the Sphere

alachlahol
October 21st 2010



7471 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i also get a folky vibe when i see a cover of two guys in straw masks toting AK-47s

also, the title for this album is "All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood", there is no Shall

puma35
October 21st 2010



972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks for the fix alachahol, and yea good luck finding something quite like this

xfearbefore
October 22nd 2010



1245 Comments


"A Curse" is a fucking brilliant song. Really digging what I've heard thus far on this album.

americanmusicmachine
November 1st 2010



3953 Comments


This is soooo awez

brutebeard
December 27th 2010



1655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good stuff man

brutebeard
December 28th 2010



1655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this has primal subtleties...a mysterious power.

needs more hype

SladetoBlack
December 31st 2010



152 Comments


I like this more and more everytime I listen to it. May have to bump my rating.

Eskate87
January 12th 2011



959 Comments


These guys are coming to Cleveland in a couple weeks and I was thinking about going but I havent listened t to them yet.

brutebeard
January 12th 2011



1655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Go. Would be worth the experience i think. Who they with?

FamooseMoose
January 19th 2011



24 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I did not enjoy this album... at all.

Bleekill
February 3rd 2011



832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol.

I had to up this to a 4. I've been listening to it since early December and it keeps growing. Check this HQ live video, fuckin crushing.
http://vimeo.com/14328326



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