Release Date: Nov 17, 2017
Record label: Thrill Jockey
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light is the second recorded collaboration between the Body and Full of Hell, two prolific American groups who consistently push the boundaries of heavy music. Their first teaming, 2016's One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, was named after a Hole lyric, contained a Leonard Cohen cover, and was an extremely tense composite of the two acts' grind, noise, and sludge tendencies. As good as it was, Ascending immediately feels like a major step up from the two parties' initial effort.
The very idea of a second full-length collaboration between the Body and Full of Hell seems laughably redundant. Just last year, the two bands reached across the aisle of experimental metal subgenres for the malevolent and strong One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, an overwhelming outburst that distilled and forcibly synthesized what had long been best about both bands. The depth-charge doom of Portland duo the Body supplied the foundation, with drums that rattled like cannon fire and guitars that groaned as if from an abyss.
Similarly to their debut, One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, their merging serves as an effort to stretch the boundaries of the genre of metal. While their new LP is some of this year's most sinister take on metal, its end result, however, acts more as a boundless experiment. On their own, both The Body and Full of Hell prevail as some of today's most dynamic metal, and even as a collective their juxtapositions unite.