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The Body – ‘I’ve Seen All I Need To See’ [Album Review]

Thought you knew heavy music? Think again as The Body push the boundaries to new limits with new album ‘I’ve Seen All I Need To See’.



Forget everything you thought you knew about heavy music because noise duo The Body is here with their new album, I’ve Seen All I Need To See and they’re going to demolish every idea you have about what heavy music is in 39 minutes of bleak noise.

A journey into the darkest of places, the kind of places you don’t ever want to end up, I’ve Seen All I Need To See is a dense, suffocating listen. Listening to opener “A Lament,” you can imagine this is what it feels like to have a plastic bag tightened around your face. No space to breathe, just dark, lonely terror. For six. Horrifying. Minutes. “Tied Up And Locked In” is just as horrible. Imagine the claustrophobia of being buried alive waiting for your world to end and this is exactly how it would sound. A head-pummelling barrage of noises all amplified to horrifying levels.

And it doesn’t let up either. Masterminded by Lee Buford and Chip King, I’ve Seen All I Need To See is a vile, aggressive wall of noise. Experimental waves of distortion vibrate around the inside of your head as you try and get to grips with the terrifying beast that you’re faced with. “A Pain of Knowing” continues to drag you into the darkest of places as the duo pile more and more distortion and noise into this loop-filled insanity. Impossible to pigeonhole and, if you’re being honest, understand, the only thing you can do is immerse yourself into this hour-long demonstration of musical depravity and pray for your life.

I’ve Seen All I Need To See pushes heavy music to breaking point. There is no other artist out there like The Body and, to be honest, by the time the whole thing comes crashing to a distortion-drenched, torturous climax with the sense-melting “The Path Of Failure,” every nerve-ending in your body will be on fire. I’ve Seen All I Need To See is the sound of two minds pushing the boundaries of extreme music as far as they can go. This is as dark and as unnerving as heavy, experimental music gets and the only thing more terrifying than this is daring to wonder where these musical terrorists take their hellish sound next.

I’ve Seen All I Need To See Track Listing:

1. A Lament
2. Tied Up And Locked In
3. Eschatalogical Imperative
4. A Pain of Knowing
5. The City Is Shelled
6. They Are Coming
7. The Handle The Blade
8. Path Of Failure

Run Time: 38:28
Release Date: January 29, 2021
Record Label: Thrill Jockey Records

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.