Published Aug 15, 2019After turning heads with their first collaborative LP, Mental Wounds Not Healing, extreme metalheads Uniform rejoin the New York industrial duo the Body for their second project, Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back, creating another ruthless avant-garde sludgefest laden with eerie samples, literary and cinematic references, and enough bass to keep the likes of Juicy J up at night.
When Uniform team up with the Body, an innovative new sound is created through the amalgamation of their various influences —musical and otherwise— and is complemented by a surprising cohesiveness between the two groups. The Body's Chip King does his signature howl over Uniform's odd combination of harsh static, noise and electronic droning to create something that is simultaneously disturbing and extremely satisfying.
When two bands that never stay in one place team up stylistically, listeners are always kept guessing what is to come next; each new track is a brand new experimental endeavour, often with mixed results. The opening track, "Gallows in Heaven," a glitched-out noise song with an insidious momentum to it, is easily a highlight. On the other hand, "Day of Atonement" feels like an old Memphis rap track on a bad trip, with its mechanical hi-hats and blown-out bass.
However, experiments are still experiments, and not all tracks on Everything That Dies please the ear to the same degree: "Not Good Enough" is a misleading near-five minutes, having a semblance of momentum, but ultimately staying in the same place throughout. Likewise, it is hard to discern meaning from the strangely manipulated ritualistic chant spanning the entirety of "Waiting for the End of the World," the album's penultimate song.
Putting its small shortcomings aside, Everything That Dies is nonetheless brutally visceral, uniquely textured and unexpectedly melodic. In their second collaborative effort, Uniform & the Body seamlessly put their own personalized twist on nu metal, proving once again that they can work together to take the genre to shocking new dimensions. (Sacred Bones)