By Jonathan Fuchs, Copy Editor
Key Tracks: “One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache,” “Bottled Urn,” “The Little Death”
A genius collaboration brought to us straight from the deepest bowels of Hell, sludge metal act The Body and power-violence band Full of Hell have come together to make One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache, an album that will haunt your nightmares and make you squirm from start to finish. While there are moments here and there that feel a little too dragging, One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache’s intensity will stick with the listener for a long, long time, whether they want it to or not.
The record goes in full-throttle with the title track, which starts with haunting, slow percussion but out of nowhere turns into pure insanity, acting like the audible equivalent of a drop ride. It couldn’t be a better start to such a harsh record, setting the mood for the audible nightmares to come.
A really interesting element to the record is how well the two bands share the spotlight. Although the record’s overall sound screams Full of Hell, tracks like “The Butcher” and “Himmel Und Hölle” are droning and slow, similar to The Body’s typical style. There are also Body-like elements (808 bass, operatic singing) in songs like “Gehorwilt” that have the same fast-paced sound present in the average Full of Hell song.
Both the vocalists do an incredible job of collaborating with each other throughout the album’s progression. Songs like “World of Hope and No Pain” and “Bottled Urn” show the two splitting the verses so that they both get an equal chance to show off. There are never any tracks that are dominated by just one of the singers; they do a perfect job of sharing the album’s creative control.
As a record designed to metaphorically tear the listener apart, One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache succeeds in being absolutely crazy. Although the songs over five minutes may feel underwhelming, they never get exhausted, making them a small drawback to an epic album. It’s the perfect example of a collaborative record, as both The Body and Full of Hell’s styles are very present and extremely in-your-face.