Published Nov 12, 2015This split record is truly a match made in hell — doomy noise twosome the Body seem to thrive on making records with others, and their pairing with Neill Jameson of Krieg brings out the brutality and darkness in both groups, manifesting as an unholy cacophony of sound.
The highlights here reward multiple listens and do a good job of balancing the sounds of both musical entities. "Bottom of the Bottle, Bottom of the River" has a catchy, almost D-beat inspired flavour to it, while "Gallows" is dark and brooding in the extreme. At the same time, however, much of this record feels muddy and overly distorted, clouding the sounds of both bands instead of highlighting them and allowing them to shine. There also aren't many other standout tracks on the release, and the album doesn't feel nearly as dynamic after a few listens.
Die-hard fans of either group will enjoy The Body & Krieg, but it's not as good as it might have been had either band done this alone. (At A Loss)