Show Me The Body
Body War


3.0
good

Review

by Finn Baker USER (43 Reviews)
August 26th, 2016 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sound of getting beaten up.

Everything about this album told me that I should be afraid of what I was about to hear. Show Me The Body's logo is three coffin-shaped objects. The unsettling cover for Body War, which is the band's debut, contains the title spray-painted on a light. The title itself conveys a violent message. The download button on the band's website is in this all-caps white font on a black background, reminiscent of something that Burzum would put on one of his album covers. The music videos are hazy, lo-fi, and feature people throwing themselves around to the music. Everything told me this was going to be an unrelenting mess. That assumption was correct, but Body War itself unfortunately leans more toward 'mess' than 'unrelenting'.

The first thing a listener hears when they begin the album is a copiously distorted guitar loop on the titular track. From that moment, until the very last scream on the track Aspirin, Show Me The Body doesn't let you rest your ears for more than a few seconds. This album pummels you into submission with nearly every track, and when it's not doing that, it's disturbing you with reverberations of guitar feedback and disjointed lyrics. An example of that ominous element is the track Honesty Hour, which is the only track on this album that one could consider subdued, even a little bit. Despite that description, it has still has those pained screams and the overloaded distortion.

The aforementioned screams that occupy every single track on Body War appear to be a minor flaw. Although they're overlapped with punchy drum beats and guitar riffs that are admittedly catchy, the vocals are very unintelligible. Phrases that I think I can make out are a mix between these bitter and depressing thoughts, and ones that just don't make sense. The song Two Blood Pacts (one of my favorites on the album) has lines like "Seeing my face in the back of a hearse" and the even darker "suicide...such an easy way out". Lines like these generate a very incensed aura around the album that seems to match the sounds. However, the song Worth One contains the line "*** tell me that I'm worth one/It's one or none so I don't have to cum sum". That does not sound like anything relevant. In fact, in order to understand that line, I had to look it up. The mixing on this album makes it so that most of the time, the lyrics are difficult to understand, which means the message of the song is difficult to grasp as well.

Body War works as some great music most of the time. It's very angry, and it's very loud, and it's definitely going to satisfy 15-year-olds who want to disappoint their parents by playing this new-fangled rap music. Fans of old British bands like The Clash or Sex Pistols might thoroughly enjoy this album too. But it appears to not have more than a few levels of effort from Show Me The Body. Digging deeper doesn't reveal any new themes, or reasons for the forced profanity lacing most of the songs. It's enjoyable by fans of rap and rock, but it lacks the additional substance required to make this a standout record.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
breakingthefragile
August 26th 2016


3104 Comments


Glad this got a review, post-punk hip hop needs way more attention.

jsaf7
August 27th 2016


406 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review, agree w. the rating as well... I thought it was decent, and i might return to a track or two here and there, but over all it's not something i'm huge on.

CameronLaD
August 30th 2016


253 Comments


This is wonky and obnoxious, high-energy dissonant bullshit. It's absolutely awesome.

TVC15
October 24th 2017


11125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is actually dope

kevbogz
August 2nd 2018


4679 Comments


this isn't sludgy punk....

kevbogz
August 2nd 2018


4679 Comments


.... what is this? this is a thing??

kevbogz
August 5th 2018


4679 Comments


K-9 is such a good track. everything else is ass

gryndstone
August 21st 2018


2290 Comments


just saw these guys live that shit was actually wild

Digging: The B-52s - Cosmic Thing

kevbogz
November 2nd 2018


4679 Comments


READY TO BITE

Ashtiel
February 8th 2019


1365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

new track, Camp Orchestra

Lavair
April 9th 2019


949 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

recommended by reviewer: Death Grips Jenny Death



Man I sucked in 2016

Conmaniac
April 15th 2019


27036 Comments


Metallic Taste is a jam, will check their new album heard it's fire

kevbogz
June 29th 2019


4679 Comments


new album sound anything like K9? pls????



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