All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood [At a Loss Records]
This slab o’ wax is a vinyl-only reissue of The Body’s magnum opus All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood, which was originally released in 2010. I must say, the hype the album received is justified as All the Waters is very impressive, not merely as a metal record, but as a work of art. The Body’s sound is based around the heavy noise-blaring of drummer Lee Buford and guitarist Chip King, and All the Waters is enhanced by the addition of choirs, chanting, vocal samples, keyboards, brass and who knows what else. Yep, there is a lot going on here, which makes the album difficult to appreciate in just one or two sittings. I hear the terms “art metal” and “avant garde metal” thrown around quite a bit, but rarely are such labels so appropriate. The Body recently performed this record live in New York City with the Assembly of Light Choir in tow. I bet that was one hell of a show. All the Waters is a challenging, but ultimately rewarding, musical effort. All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood is available at Omega Music at 318 E. Fifth St. in Dayton.
— Gary Spencer