Metal bends to brutal and beautiful extremes on this hybridized rock/electronic opus

The Body is a metal band for the mind—this deceptively huge-sounding duo knows no genre bounds. For their fifth album, guitarist-screecher Chip King and pummeling drummer Lee Buford stretch out an already expansive sound, adding electronic wash and twitchy beats to vein-straining rock exorcisms. Angelic singing from others adds a hopeful note to all the terrifying shrieking (Assembly Of Light's Chrissy Wolpert lends her ethereal coo to “Wanderings”). But more often, as on epic emotional fits like “Hallow/Hollow,” it's total darkness that casts The Body in their most appealing light.

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