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Album Review: I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer. by The Body
Great, Based on 4 Critics
AllMusic - 80 Based on rating 8/10
The Body have always resisted being categorized as a metal group, incorporating a vast array of influences ranging from opera and classical to contemporary pop and hip-hop while remaining as doom-filled as possible. Their 2018 full-length I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer. is perhaps their least metal-sounding album to date, with far more electronics, samples, and orchestral instrumentation than their past work.
The Body's Chip King maybe has the most terrifying howl of anyone in metal's outer limits. True, extreme black metal acts like Gnaw their Tongues and Jute Gyte are polluting Bandcamp with their brilliant festering wrongness at an prolific rate, and they push the boundaries of wretched vocal depravity. But King's abstract feral shriek is detached from any metal affectation, sounding like snuff movie death screams, shot through with abject despair.
I Have Fought Against It, But I Can't Any Longer.
To download, click "Share" and right-click the download icon | iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher | RSS The Lowdown: The Body are back with a release that explores their typical themes of mortality, dread, and pain. The band continue their trend of using noise and power electronics rather than guitar riffs to construct their abrasive collages of pandemonium. The Good: The Body utilize new and old vocal collaborators to give this release more color than any prior solo record.
The Body are experts in stretching their sound but have also gained a reputation as a band who become difficult to define. At times they can incorporate an industrial quality, playing loosely with electronics and textures while other moments offer desolation and utter havoc. The Portland duo have managed to label themselves in untraditional light, but their process in reaching something fantastic comes with its own tribulations.