The Body - I Shall Die Here / Earth Triumphant 2LP
"I Shall Die Here / Earth Triumphant" is an expanded edition of the fourth full-length album by The Body, first released to widespread acclaim, and terror, in 2014. Sharing their moribund vision with Bobby Krlic, aka The Haxan Cloak, the tried and true sound of The Body is shred to pieces on "I Shall Die Here", mutilated by process and re-animated in a spectral state by the collaboration.
This double album set is expanded with the previously unreleased "Earth Triumphant", a full-length companion album that would become "I Shall Die Here", showcasing The Body’s brutality in its most primal form. With both albums revisited by The Body and Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets and remastered by Matt Colton at Metropolis Studios, this is the definitive edition of a shocking classic of unbridled bleakness and innovation.
Formed by drummer Lee Buford and guitarist Chip King in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1999, The Body soon relocated to Providence, Rhode Island. The duo remained in Providence for a decade before moving west to their current home of Portland, Oregon. Their debut self-titled album (Moganano, 2003) and on the widely-acclaimed, classification curtailing of "All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood" (At A Loss, 2011) readied the band for even more experimentations. The employment of the Assembly of Light Choir’s classical chorales on "All the Waters", alongside more industrial music techniques such as vocal sampling and drum programming, prompted RVNG to inquire with King and Buford which darker corners of the electronic universe they were presumably interested in exploring.
The undertaking of "I Shall Die Here" was aided by Seth Manchester and Keith Souza, The Body’s long standing engineer and creative collaborator, and noted producer Bobby Krlic. Krlic’s own work as The Haxan Cloak struck a similarly despairing chord to The Body with the celebrated "Excavation" (Tri Angle, 2013), itself a minimalist evocation of the afterlife. "I Shall Die Here" shares similar nether space with the morbidly deviating darkness of "Excavation", but remains sculpturally frozen in a sort of earthen purgatory. The Body’s musical approach, engraved by Buford’s colossal beats and King’s mad howl and bass-bladed guitar dirge, became something even more terrifying with Krlic’s post-mortem ambiences serving as both baseline and outer limit. "I Shall Die Here" sonically serrates the remains of metal’s already unidentifiable corpse and splays it amid tormented voices in shadow.
This expanded edition gives us a window into the creation of a classic with the inclusion of its in utero twin, "Earth Triumphant". Recorded as a nearly finished album by Buford and King before The Haxan Cloak’s transformation,it stands as a raw statement of intent, the original DNA for what would soon mutate into something wholly new.
Fans of "I Shall Die Here" will find familiar sonic fragments in a more primitive state - like seeing an out-of-context photograph of a family member taken well before you knew them - but the album stands on its own in its minimalist brutality, a natural bridge to what The Body was soon to become.
- I SHALL DIE HERE -
1. To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me
2. Alone All the Way
3. The Night Knows No Dawn
4. Hail to Thee, Everlasting Pain
5. Our Souls Were Clean
6. Darkness Surrounds Us
- EARTH TRIUMPHANT -
1. Our New Genesis
2. No Sadness in the Many
3. A Testament to Willingness
4. A Cloud Broke Open
5. Wind on the Ocean, Wind on the Trees
6. Death at a Great Distance
About this product: this release is pressed on 2x white vinyl.