The Body and Full of Hell - One Day You Will Ache like I AcheThere are times when you don’t want music to be uplifting. When abject nihilism and despondency will match or elevate your mood and you just want to be subjected to someone else’s anger. Both Full of Hell and The Body understand that sentiment. One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache is their stark, raw scream into the abyss. It’s a split born of noise, sludge and grind. It’s as unrelenting as it is devastating and those looking for ease of access need not apply.

It’s surprisingly difficult to ascertain through mere listening, and probably intentionally so, but it’s difficult to judge which tracks are Full of Hell‘s and which are The Body‘s. If I had to make a broad judgment I would guess that there is more of the former in the first half and more of the latter in the second. It’s nonetheless clear that there are overlaps of personnel as both bands ooze through One Day You Will Ache…. Overbearing distortion and guitar feedback underpins everything. The guitars serve less to provide melody and more to offer an evil platform on which the vocals and drums build. Though higher tempos and more rollicking drums characterize what I interpret to be Full of Hell‘s tracks, grinding their way more definitely to their conclusions (see the title track), The Body‘s tracks don’t even offer more expressive drumming, dragging the listener through an indistinct haze of noise (“Himmel und Hölle”).

There are minor variations in production to distinguish between their sounds, too. The faster stuff doesn’t sound quite so filthy, perhaps to highlight the heightened drum work. The lighter female vox and electronic beat on “Fleshworks” could almost be described as accessible. On the other hand, the noise-laden, sludgier material crackles, contorts and lurches. The mix is indeterminably dense and commentary over dynamics scarcely seems relevant. “Himmel und Hölle” is again a reliable example, though special mention also has to be given to the audacious cover of Leonard Cohen‘s “The Butcher.” It’s utterly unrecognizable and reduces a subdued, folk rock number to a dissociative, jarring mess – and I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way.

The Body and Full of Hell - 2016

Even though the harsh vocals can’t be said to rise above the remainder of the mix, contributing to the din rather than offering any melody, they’re worth considering. Muffled shrieks diversify the walls of noise and growls are sparingly used on the grind to afford greater impact in select moments. But it’s the high-pitched screeches which truly stand out: evocative of Silencer‘s infamous Nattramn, the piercing and unhinged qualities elevate proceedings to manic levels. Impressive isn’t the right adjective – more like impressively disturbing.

One Day You Will Ache…is an ugly, unpleasant, excruciating listen, particularly on its latter half. I can’t say I enjoy it so much as appreciate their vision. That notwithstanding, and while I may not return to it too often, it legitimately invokes a strong reaction and I can advocate that which cuts deeper and is a little harsher. For fans of noise; approach cautiously otherwise.


Rating: 2.5/5.0
DR: 5 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Neurot Recordings
Websites: facebook.com/thebody | thebody.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/fullofhell | fullofhell.bandcamp.com
Release Dates: EU: 2016.03.25 | NA: 03.25.2016

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  • Reminds me of early Swans. But more complex. Vocals remind me of Indian. Not too shabby. Will check it out.

    • Diego Molero

      I don’t understand what people likes about Swans, I listened to “The Seer” and found it extremely boring. But hell, what do I know?

      • I don’t know who allowed you to do that, but yeah, nothing Gira did after 1995 is Swans as we knew and loved them. Begin from Filth and listen to the discography. Stop after the Great Annihilator. Then you’ll understand.

        • Diego Molero

          Well for that I blame Alex Franquelli who was a writter from this blog (he now is probably in the same place as Noctus and HMG), anyway, acording to him, The Seer was the bomb so I listened to it. But if you say that the old ones are the real deal, then I’m going to give it a try, thanks.

          • Name’s Dalton

            Early Swans were even less friendly than Indian. Michael Gira is still a beast; music may be mellower, but he’s still grim.

  • Tom Hardy

    Took me a few to separate those two chaps wearing glasses, I thought it was the same guy with those pictures of ‘im taken a couple of months apart.

  • Wilhelm

    All around bad. Very bad.

  • Goldicot

    I’m not sure if that’s what you meant in the review, but this isn’t a standard split — I believe both bands composed and played all the material on it, so there’s not standard “these songs are Body’s and these songs are FoH’s.” This is the way the The Body & Thou split You, Whom I Have Always Hated / Released From Love was done, although I’m not entirely positive this one was done the same way.

    That said, everything The Body touches turns into pus and vomit, and I’m in the mood for that.

    • El_Cuervo

      Ye I referenced that this may be a possibility in the second paragraph. But based on each band’s sound, I thought there was more FoH in some tracks, more The Body in others.

  • Cameron

    Embedded track is rad, will give this a listen. Only a 2.5? There don’t seem to be too much negative written here

    • Reese Burns

      I think the reason it got a 2.5, despite all the positive points isn’t because he didn’t like it, but instead because it’s “unenjoyable”, if that makes sense. It’s not something that sounds “good” in the traditional sense of the word, rather it’s more an emotional experience.

  • Angry Comment Guy

    This is a bad review, if you can’t even be bothered to know the nature of the release, you should not bother reviewing it. It’s a collaborative record, not a split. It’s not ‘these songs are by this band, and those songs are by the other band’, it’s Full of Hell and The Body together on every single track. The Body has done this several times over the course of their discography, and Full of Hell has dabbled with collaborations as well.

    I’d suggest removing this review, and having someone else on the staff who is more familiar with either of these bands or gives enough of a shit to actually look into the release beyond surface level listening to review this material.

    Personally I’ve not heard the full release yet, but judging by the tracks that have been released so far, I’d say that this will probably rate higher than The Body’s previous collaborations for me personally, and will be on par with the last couple of Full of Hell releases.

    • Angry Comment Guy

      Basically, if you’re a fan of either of these bands past releases, you will probably like this release. If you’re not a fan of either of these bands, you will probably not like this. This release will probably not be a good introduction to either bands as well.

    • El_Cuervo

      Reread my conclusion. Rethink your comment.

      Also: “It’s nonetheless clear that there are overlaps of personnel as both bands ooze through One Day You Will Ache…”. By “more of the former / more of the latter”, I meant more of the former / latter band. Not tracks themselves. I appreciate that there’s obvious overlap of the bands in the music.

      • Bas

        Man ,its a good review. At least form reading I got an idea of what the music is like (just before I was checking pitchfork and there I didn’t get at all any clue about how i could sound like, just a lot of pretentious stuff (actually I like that kind of stuff, but it didn’t help me in getting an idea of how it would sound like…) as you say: noise and grind.
        Actually.. i kind of like the song.. more than grind+noise in general… hmm.. now I wonder..do I like the Full of hell part or the body part ;-)

    • Cool off man. It’s a metal site run by a guy that loves fluffy prog. Noise is lucky it gets exposure on here. They’re doing the youth a service.

    • Diego Molero

      You really are an Angry Comment Guy…

    • We don’t remove reviews. If you don’t like it, don’t re-read it.

  • junkyhead

    FoH knows how to be brutal, what a great band, combining with The Body insane vocals and there you have it, amazing!