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The Body & Krieg – “Bottom of the Bottle, Bottom of the River” (Premiere)


Inside, I am not a happy person. I might get bubbly and hyperactive in certain situations, but I’m generally one of those people who walks around alone with a scowl on their face. From an early age I knew I had issues with controlling my anger, be it dents I’ve left in walls, my pinky metacarpal which healed at a 30 degree angle, or the havoc I wrek on my own body whenever I find myself onstage. It’s a horrible thing I do to myself, and with my own heightened natural state of anger I find it difficult to find catharsis in “angry” music. I might venture out and try and find some bands (Human Bodies has been a nice new addition), but two bands have always been a source of catharsis – a means of expressing my own innate anger in a safe place without being destructive – are Krieg and The Body.

I know, I know, everybody, and I mean everybody has announced or already completed a collaboration with The Body. They are a band which has very quickly approached the singularity in which their own music and collaborative selves have become one and the same, but Krieg frontman Neill Jameson’s specific brand of extreme vitriol brings The Body’s misanthropy to a peak. Sonically, this is a bit out of left field for what one would expect to be a crushing, blackened doom metal masterpiece. Utilizing this collaboration as an exploration of their more disparate genre ends, The Body & Krieg is as crushing as one would expect, but in that special, bludgeoning, mechanical way that one might associate with early Swans, the misery of Suicide, and the melodic exploration of Public image Ltd. This one-off collaboration slams your psyche again, again, and again – it is a machine built to break your essence.

From the artists:

We’d known each other for years after meeting randomly at a show neither of our bands were playing and had since forged a relationship based on negativity towards others and a familial bond. Apparently both sides had the same idea because I was going to approach them at a show in Philadelphia but before I got it out of my mouth they broached the topic. A few years later I found myself at Machines With Magnets with 48 hours and no real game plan. Everything occurred naturally and in those two days we managed to create something that was unlike either of our usual noise, something rusted and dismal. It was a very satisfying creative experience working with Chip and Lee and I’d love to do it again.

—Neill Jameson/Krieg

It was great to work with Neill. We’re big fans of his music and he is a good friend.

—Lee Buford/The Body

The Body & Krieg will be officially released on cassette, CD, and vinyl by At A Loss Recordings on November 13th, but is currently available directly from The Body while on tour. Listen to “Bottom of the Bottle, Bottom of the River” below.

—Jon Rosenthal

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