If you haven’t heard Body Void before, then you absolutely need to check out 2018’s I Live Inside a Burning House, 2019’s You Will Know the Fear You Forced upon Us, and their 2020 split with Keeper. It’s now 2021, and time for the colossal Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth to be unleashed.
Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth contains 53 minutes of the foulest extreme doom you’re likely to hear in some time. The band condense drone, doom, sludge, and black metal into four massive songs that are each entire worlds unto themselves. These four songs tell nihilistic tales of societal degradation and urban collapse, fuelled by the death of a planet and of everything we hold dear. It’s thoughtful and contemplative, despite how absolutely grim and malevolent it is.
Body Void are one of the heaviest bands I’ve ever heard. They just exude weight. Rather than do anything as prosaic as riff, the guitars cause tectonic plates to move. Body Void sound as if entire continents have been dipped in the blackest tar and the rubbed up against each other. This music is the sound of civilisations being crushed.
There’s an increased sense of songwriting skill, dynamics, and structure on Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth. The various component parts of the music fit together better than ever, and the sections inexorably move from one to the next as if governed by an ecosystem all of their own.
The music is undeniably dark and filthy, with bleak moods in abundance. The band’s huge sludge sound is smothered in doom intensity and Body Void craft harrowing nightmarescapes like few others. The frequently glacial pace is punctuated by occasional bursts of furious sharp aggression, as if the frustration and anger that the band feel can be kept in check no longer and have finally burst the dam keeping them back. At these times a punk fury can be felt, albeit one that’s been corrupted and warped by the most repulsive blackened sludge imaginable. The songs are also layered with harsh noise, adding another level of hostility and dark atmosphere to the music.
I love that Body Void can make 53 minutes seem like half that time.
Bury Me Beneath This Rotting Earth is a superlative release from a band at the height of their considerable powers. If this form of musical punishment works for you, then you absolutely must listen and absorb everything here.