The Body & OAA – Enemy of Love (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 31:29 minutes | 391 MB | Genre: Experimental Metal, Industrial
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Thrill Jockey Records
Tormented, gut-wrench metal heaviness from The Body and their new spar, producer OAA, addling their formula with jagged edits, obliterated texture and mighty industrial pulses.
A force to be reckoned with on their own, Chip King & Lee Buford’s The Body are also admirable collaborators, absorbing the likes of Thou, Uniform, Full Of Hell, and most recently BIG|BRAVE over the years into their beastly sound. OAA becomes the latest to survive the experience with his debut chops integrated into ‘Enemy of Love’; a typically vicious, yet disciplined, expression of American rage condensed into white hot shots of destructive guitar and shrieking vocals, but now punctuated with precision tooled industrial percussion and serrated synths that hint at drill and radical forms of noise rap associated with JPEGMafia or Death Grips as much as the swag of Godflesh or Croww’s deformed metal abstractions.
Recorded right at the biting point by The Body’s regular foil Seth Manchester, the 10 seethingly hellish songs surely benefit from OAA’s damaged electronics, which serve to ratchet and harness the intensity of ‘Pseudocyesis’ with its bombed out dub drops outs and burred drums, and lend a technoid force to ‘Hired Regard’ and the cage-rattling ‘Fortified Tower’, while chiselling an added malevolence out of ‘Obsessed Luxury’. Together they push the levels to wickedly grotesque in the shards of synths and hairball-coughing vox on ‘Barren of Joy’, with the technoid thrust and holler of ‘Miserable Freedom’ recalling a metal take on AFX’s ‘Elephant Song’, and an ultimate smackdown in the ricocheting industrial percussion and claw-handed riffs of ‘Docile Gift’.
1. The Body & OAA – Devalued (02:50)
2. The Body & OAA – Pseudocyesis (04:01)
3. The Body & OAA – Hired Regard (01:06)
4. The Body & OAA – Fortified Tower (03:35)
5. The Body & OAA – Obsessed Luxury (03:14)
6. The Body & OAA – Conspiracy Privilege (02:59)
7. The Body & OAA – Barren of Joy (04:41)
8. The Body & OAA – Miserable Freedom (03:09)
9. The Body & OAA – Ignorant Messiah (02:26)
10. The Body & OAA – Docile Gift (03:24)