Boomkat Product Review:
Avant metal behemoths The Body encounter performance artist and vocalist Dis Fig at a crossroads of blasted industrial bass and shoegaze noise primed to land heavy with fans of The Bug, JK Flesh, Diamanda Galas, Pharmakon.
‘Orchards of a Futile Heaven’ pays witness to the naturally cold fusion of The Body & Dis Fig’s mutual, menacing energies. Converging from peripheries of their respective niches, they realise a captivating dramaturgy of Dis Fig’s shoegaze/emo/nu-metal yowls, purrs, and layered chorales suffused to structures smelting elements of nastiest dubstep, classic industrial and outright noise musicks. Their efforts serve to ratchet the effect of Dis Fig’s work with The Bug and evoke a perhaps required anima from The Body’s macho posturing in a way that finely balances theatric cheesiness and bombastic impact, and surely translates well to the live arena.
In their joint search for catharsis, the seven songs combust in lurching fits and prangs between the tortured shrieks of ‘Eternal Hours’ and the sustained intensities of their nine minute peak ‘Coils of Kaa’, before submerging up to the neck in distortion on the grandiose final throes of ‘Back to the Water’. We’re most impressed by the room-razing, body-scanning midrange searchlight synths synced to Dis Fig’s pealing, prayer-like delivery on ‘To Walk a Higher Path’, and when she’s floating above the morass of twisted metal and charred bass on their title tune, with necessary balance in the deferred threat of ‘Holy Lance’.