HEALTH's Rat Wars

2023-10-06 by Raul Stanciu STAFF | 16 Comments
HEALTH announced a brand new album, Rat Wars that will be out on December 7 via Loma Vista Recordings. The physical versions of the album are scheduled for February 16th. After the first single, "HATEFUL", the band released "SICKO", featuring Godflesh:



A third song off the LP, "CHILDREN OF SORROW" is out too, which features Willie Adler from Lamb of God on guitar:



Tracklist:
1. DEMIGODS
2. FUTURE OF HELL
3. HATEFUL
4. (OF ALL ELSE)
5. CRACK METAL
6. UNLOVED
7. CHILDREN OF SORROW
8. SICKO
9. ASHAMED
10. (OF BEING BORN)
11. DSM-V
12. DON’T TRY

HEALTH will join Sleep Token for a handful of gigs in December in Germany and London and will embark on a North American trek in March. Tour dates here: https://www.youwillloveeachother.com/#tour

Pre-order here - https://i.hlth.band/ratwars

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Nomos2
October 6th 2023
1877 Comments


Not too shabby

Storm In A Teacup
October 6th 2023
45783 Comments


Agreed. These songs out are good. Should be at lwast a 3.5

KrillBoi
October 6th 2023
466 Comments


Hateful still the best one, that song bangs 'ard

hobblepot
October 6th 2023
2947 Comments


These guys are consistently great, very excited for this one

Pajolero
October 6th 2023
1428 Comments


About damn time

anarchistfish
October 7th 2023
30330 Comments


Damn they went metalcore and I love it

Taxt
October 7th 2023
1605 Comments


New songs are bangers as usual
Love these guys

Kompys2000
Emeritus
October 7th 2023
9467 Comments


Remember when these guys had a drummer and he was like kinda good and unique

Im still an easy sell on industrial junz, not gonna pretend I hate these songs or anything, but man the identity loss is real

Kompys2000
Emeritus
October 7th 2023
9467 Comments


I mean come on you're not gonna bust out any crazy fills on a track with Chris Adler's literal brother? Come ON

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2023
18303 Comments


Wouldn’t call it an identity loss as such. I do miss their old sound mind, but I love the direction they’ve gone in too

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2023
60493 Comments


music for ignoring your mum's texts from the middle of your local dead mall

first track is some of the most NPC shit i've heard this year, second is a lot better but mainly bc it goes vampire on that feature

"HEALTH will join Sleep Token for a handful of gigs"

l o l appropriate timeline

Kompys2000
Emeritus
October 8th 2023
9467 Comments


Yeah sorry gonzo I'm uh diggin my heels in on identity loss, don't hear anything at all original or in the spirit of their pre-Max Payne stuff here. Very competent very generic industrial rock/metal

FurtherDown
October 9th 2023
397 Comments


Death Magic is still one of my favorite records of past ten years. Somehow, everything they made after it doesn't reach the same impact for me. It's mostly good, but apart from several tracks it all feels pretty one-note, which is weird since it's mostly collaborations with a diverse pack of artists.
Still love the band tho. New songs are alright.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2023
18303 Comments


@kompy

Fair enough. I do get what you’re saying; they’ve definitely lost their initial sound, and I definitely miss it somewhat too. You could probably account it to Jupiter leaving, since the shift takes place after death magic. For me though, I love this band and I love industrial and I think they blend the two very well.

Kompys2000
Emeritus
October 9th 2023
9467 Comments


To my ears the synthpop leanings on death magic are much more of a piece with the albums after than the albums before, but it is a kind of transitional record for them I think. Much less METAL

You can def hear Jupiter's absence on vol 4 and these new ones too but personally I see Max Payne as the big turning point for them, where they gained a new larger audience (read: edgy gamers) and started shifting their approach away from the noisier stuff I assume Keyes was mostly responsible for (also where their lyrics went from "indecipherable" to "decipherable and also quite bad")

FurtherDown
October 10th 2023
397 Comments


They still jam the old noisy tracks when they are playing live, it sounds much more coherent tbh, all of the old noise, death magic disco and new industrial metal too. Live drums are a big part of it probably. But I saw them just once and it was a support gig.



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