clipping.
Visions of Bodies Being Burned


4.4
superb

Review

by Rowan5215 STAFF
October 3rd, 2020 | 281 replies


Release Date: 10/23/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You all paid to watch, let's start the show.

Why do we love horror movies?

I'd guess the answer is different for everyone. I'm so easily scared I had to watch The Woman in Black through my fingers, but even then, I don't really think I was watching horror because it made me jump and squirm. I saw The Shining at a much earlier age, certainly too young, and even though I watched it with my full range of vision it left a much deeper impression on me. Maybe my adoration of recent arthouse psychological horror tentpoles ā€“ The VVitch, The Blackcoat's Daughter, Suspiria 2018 ā€“ is because they recreate that feeling I got seeing Kubrick's masterpiece around the age of 8. That fundamental certainty that I'm watching something of insidious wrongness, that I'm not supposed to be seeing it.

Of course, none of this means I can't still appreciate a good Woman in Black-style jumpscare. clipping. mastered the jumpscare on There Existed an Addiction to Blood. It wasn't even too far out of their sonic wheelhouse, using harsh noise to outright startle in the end of "La Mala Ordina" or suggest something sinister in the gradually building horror of "Club Down". Three separate songs depicting victims being tortured to death clearly established the bleakness of their vision of horrorcore, the shifting time signatures of "Story 7" apt accompaniment for the abrupt changes in direction and tone Daveed Diggs' narratives took.

Visions of Bodies Being Burned begins in a similar mode, a bridge between two albums, opening with callbacks to classic horror icons - Candyman and Scream - and a deliciously cheesy Ouija Board conjuration. Diggs coats his lyrics in gallons of blood, working through slasher cliches and tropes while Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson build beats out of pounded fists on doors and intensifying loud crashes. "Say the Name" establishes a standard of excellence that clipping. have always lived up to, but it doesn't massively depart from the ground laid down by its predecessor.

Then "Something Underneath" takes a sharp turn into nightmare territory, all tribal drumming and hints of something incomprehensible being born like an occult ritual transmuted into song. From here on, Diggs trades in his hook-handed slasher villains for vengeful lynching victims, paranoid gangsters, semi-mythical witches and menacingly alive swamplands. Snipes and Hutson do some of their best work ever once this directional shift occurs. Like the world's scariest painters they craft soundscapes out of creaking fences, animal noises and rustling leaves; the immersion of "Run for Your Life" is taken to the next level in this album-long delve into menace and unease. "Check the Lock" hews closest to standard hip-hop with clattering drums and bass, but the song's vivid portrayal of a sweat-drenched drug lord undone by paranoia is far from the cliches the band once parodied on CLPPNG.

The trio haven't forgotten the lessons learned from Splendor & Misery, that moments of beauty can colour in their outlines as much as darker shades. The end of "Pain Everyday", one of the finest things clipping. have committed to tape, welds a loop of soaring strings to clattering Aphex Twin-style electronics, bringing a kind of grace to the disturbing story of ghosts haunting the descendants of the white bigots who lynched them. Along the same lines, the genuinely moving "Enlacing" moves the inner-monologue club setting of Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools" to the perspective of a protagonist who's actually dying, struggling in vain against accepting his own demise as he dances to the music.

Visions of Bodies Being Burned is exactly the kind of horror I love. It's cerebral, labyrinthine and self-involved, criticisms levied against clipping. as often as they are against, say, Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria. The commonality is that, below their glacial, surgical horror surfaces, both have plenty to say beyond the confines of the genre. Similarly to how clipping. sent hip-hop, gospel and slave songs thousands of years into the future for the sci-fi of Splendor & Misery, Visions... looks back at the cheesy, charming excesses of horror's 80s heyday, but is haunted by the spectres of real shit, of lynchings and police brutality. "Eaten Alive" is the apex of this and the album in total, drawing a direct line from the swamp killing ground of Italian cult classic Eaten Alive to trap houses and streets flooded with drugs, where one wrong step gets you dead. "What you see in the static when your eyes adjust?", Diggs asks on the album's most outright horrific minute. The answer is beyond comprehension or understanding, a thing never meant to be seen or spoken of. It could just as easily be the shadow of prejudice and bigotry, of violence being visited on black bodies in the name of white pride, as any supernatural horror monster.

All this ambition may have swung well past the mark if the trio hadn't flawlessly sequenced their diptych of horrorcore albums as one journey. There Existed an Addiction to Blood wrote a new world, a place parallel to our own where the cops killing minorities were also werewolves stalking the night, where the bullets you carry for self-protection had better be silver. Visions of Bodies Being Burned ruthlessly pulls at the edges of that world until it falls apart, dissolving back into our own, undoing the illusions its predecessor meticulously created. Maybe the dead cops in "Body for the Pile" were werewolves, it doesn't really matter after they're deceased (the song's cop-killer narrative, despite first seeing light in 2016, will strike a pretty major chord in the light of 2020). The paranoid gangster of "Check the Lock" isn't all that different from the thieving, unlucky soul being hunted in "Run for Your Life". Maybe clipping.'s point is that the alternate world they weave out of horror movie tropes isn't excessively darker or more unforgiving than our own. They decline to play their hand overtly in the final moments of their horrorcore era, the Yoko Ono-inspired ambient haze of "Secret Piece", which features the sound of woods at early morning. Is it a hard-earned peaceful denouement for a weary protagonist, or just a moment of respite in the early morning before the horror begins again the next night, as horror often does? Are all those vengeful ghosts laid to rest, or simply resting?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2020


44330 Comments

Album Rating: 4.4

happy/spooky october



if you pre-ordered this you can stream it through the Sub Pop website, if not, patience is a virtue

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MiloRuggles
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2020


907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wohoah, stunning review, Rowan. I'm fuggin jazzed for this'n

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2020


44330 Comments

Album Rating: 4.4

aw man I'm cheesing like your avatar right now for real

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2020


3523 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Beaaaaaautiful.

Gyromania
October 3rd 2020


30981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

very nice review. excited to hear this

Gyromania
October 3rd 2020


30981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also yeah i much prefer an atmospheric horror like shining, blackcoat's daughter, the witch, etc., any day over your generic 50+ jump scare horror movies of today

rabidfish
October 3rd 2020


6187 Comments


Nice. Liked the singles, Will check

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Gyromania
October 3rd 2020


30981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"if you pre-ordered this you can stream it through the Sub Pop website, if not, patience is a virtue"



hoping someone rips it and uploads it lol.

TVC15
October 3rd 2020


10678 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

@gyro you can find the album on Soulseek



Awesome review, as a massive horror fan this was really fun to read. This became my AOTY



Edit: I'm a tad confused. Run for Your Life was on There Existed an Addiction to Blood, but in the review I'm getting the impression you're talking about it as if it was on this album?

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dedex
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2020


5876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

already? very cool review Row, am beyond hyped

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DirEnRefused
October 3rd 2020


3655 Comments


only thing i've heard so far is say the name but that's an absolute banger so i'm excited for this


Kompys2000
October 3rd 2020


4976 Comments


Probably won't adore this but I'm absolutely listening anyway just on the chance I'll get another "Blood of the Fang" or "Run For Your Life".

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JayEnder
October 3rd 2020


8765 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow, amazing review Rowbro! You really encapsulate the spooky atmosphere on this album. Got me in the October mood.



As for the album, god damn. If you thought TEAATB was inaccessible, clipping. have upped the noise to 11 and have sacrificed basically all elements of percussive song structure in favor of experimental and very weird sounds. That is, until the album comes full circle with Enlacing. An absolute witch house jam. So in other words, It's fucking awesome.

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Kompys2000
October 3rd 2020


4976 Comments


God I really want Daveed Diggs on a witch house album now

Like imagine him collabing with Ada Rook or the dudes from Salem, shit would probably rule

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2020


12229 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hell yeah, Rowan. This is a monster of a review. I love how you tie in all the themes of horror movies into the similar motifs exhibited by the album. Definitely does this group's sound proper justice and makes it seem very enticing. Will have to keep this one in mind.

Ecnalzen
October 3rd 2020


9728 Comments


Oh good, a Roview

Must read/listen soon

FearThyEvil
October 3rd 2020


17357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Something Underneath is fucking nuts

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2020


20271 Comments


Great review. U kno Iā€™m a fan of that multimedia approach

JayEnder
October 3rd 2020


8765 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

make them



DEEEEEEAAAAAADDDDD

alamo
October 3rd 2020


3415 Comments


uuuuuuuuuuh hype



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