The Body
Master, We Perish



by Ignimbrite USER (31 Reviews)
June 20th, 2013 | 4 replies

Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mildly frightening.

Master, We Perish - the first release from sludge duet The Body since 2010's aptly-titled All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood - wastes absolutely no time in making its intentions clear. 'The Ebb and Flow of Tides in a Sea of Ash', the first number from this 18-minute EP, is a maelstrom of fuzz, incomprehensible shrieks, and even more fuzz, conveying the utterly dastardly nature of the band's music better than they have ever been able to in a studio setting. It and the other two, longer tracks on this release draw most of their quality from this new, incredibly powerful energy that The Body seem to have discovered with the recording of Master, We Perish. Most of the weaknesses of the duet's past studio efforts have related to, despite their successfully apocalyptic vibe, their usual inability to capture the frenetic nature of their notoriously harrowing live performances. However, with this newfound shorter-form approach to their uniquely bleak brand of sludge The Body has finally struck that critical balance of experimentation and energy, turning this most recent effort into their most engaging and accessible piece of music to date. The formula still has yet to be perfected - the fact that an EP this brief harbors a moment or two that feel far longer than they actually are speaks to the distance The Body have to go before they drop the truly astounding release that they are almost certainly capable of creating - but even so, their sound here is stronger and more frightening than it has ever been in a studio setting. From the haunting and tastefully-used choir contributions of 'The Blessed Lay Down and Writhe in Agony' to the slow build of the EP's closer and centerpiece 'Worship', utilizing Neurosis-esque tribal drumming and the drone doom-influenced style brilliantly showcased by their astoundingly good collaborative effort with Braveyoung to create one of the best songs in the act's career, Master, We Perish stands as The Body's strongest solo (again, I point you to their brilliant Braveyoung collaboration, Nothing Passes) studio effort to date and bodes great things for their future.

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June 20th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

This certainly isn't my strongest effort, but it's been a few months since I submitted anything and at this point I'm just trying to get back into a rhythm. This EP rules, and I'd also like to, again, whore out their spectacular Braveyoung collaboration.

I mean, for fuck's sake, the fact that this still has just three ratings is a travesty.

June 20th 2013


Album Rating: 3.8

The first 2 tracks on this are soul-crushing. The last track is a bit worse imo. The band has tons of potential.

June 20th 2013


A Michael Scott review!!

June 20th 2013


Album Rating: 3.5

Hi, I'm Date Mike... Nice to meet me. How do you like your eggs in the morning?

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