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New Single from The Body Carries No Weight

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Portland extreme metal duo The Body have just dropped the second single from their upcoming album, I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer. The track, “Can Carry No Weight,” is aptly named in light of how I feel about it — there’s no way it’s not some sort of cruel joke.

The entire song is ethereal female vocals amidst a background of guitar fuzz, synths, and The Body’s signature shrieking that we’ve all come to know and love. Don’t get me wrong — it sounds awesome — Kristin Hayter’s voice is lovely and blends well with the raw sounds behind it. But I was on the edge of my seat expecting a satisfying moment of heaviness, and alas, it never came.

While the track is fine as-is, I have no idea why it was chosen as a single. I find that it “can carry no weight” as a standalone and would be much more enjoyable in the context of the album. It’s also not exactly representative of The Body’s work as a whole, but it does give a taste of the more industrial sound the band has been experimenting with lately.

While “Can Carry No Weight” was a bit of a letdown, I’m curious about the rest of the album, which will be released May 11th and can be pre-ordered here. In the meantime, if you want to hear some gut-wrenching metal for which The Body have become known, go listen to their older stuff.

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