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Radical metal harbingers The Body are veiled by The Haxan Cloak’s dankest sound design in an expanded edition of their 2014 masterwork overloaded with its raw original sketch, ‘Earth Triumphant’ for those who really want to get their teeth into it
After nearly a decade, few have come close to the might of The Body & The Haxan Cloak’s original album ‘I Shall Die Here’. By this point in 2014, Lee Buford & Chip King’s duo were a dozen years up to the hilt of their thing, and the assignment of post mortem treatments by emergent dark force The Haxan Cloak, fresh from startling releases on Tri Angle and Aurora Borealis, only aided in pushing them further into the abyss. The result was a crushing tour de force of metal’s outer limits, defined as the zones where its malevolent energies intersected dark ambient, industrial electronics and the avant-garde.
Now beloved of sweaty ogres everywhere, ‘I Shall Die Here’ is finally revealed in its unembalmed ‘Earth Triumphant’ iteration; a fetid corpse of metal tumescent with untrammelled distortion, ‘Elephant Song’-style shrieks and bone-rattling percussion that leaves no doubt of their swaggering, undead vitality. For comparison, standout ‘Alone All the Way’ with its opening rumination on suicidal thoughts is found in original form as ‘No Sadness in the Many’, charged with cruder yet more immediate battery of drums and claw-handed riffs, while the unreleased material continues unabated with shocking incursions on dread metal trap in ‘Wind on the Ocean, Wind on the Trees’ and the howling blow-out ‘Death at a Great Distance’.