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Vol. 4 :: Slaves of Fear


Vol. 4 :: Slaves of Fear

Fourth studio album of experimental noise pop from the LA-based trio

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Concord Records
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  1. 9.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A career-defining achievement that proves patience and planning can hold rewards
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  2. 8.0 |   All Music

    Sometimes, Vol. 4 :: Slaves of Fear feels almost too successful at what it sets out to do, but as bleak as it gets, there's something special about its empathy and honesty
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  3. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Oddly enough, the limited sonic palette HEALTH work with both adds to the cohesion (if you can call it that) to the record, and also serves as a reminder that what they’re doing here isn’t so much ‘a lot with a little’, but more ’the same but different
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  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Through the medium of abrasive beats and tortured, explosive synth textures the band tackle the world’s uneasy conscience, resulting in a remarkably cathartic listen
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    These long-term fans of impeccable contradictions are tearing up rulebooks quicker than anyone else can write them
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  6. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A move back to basics for HEALTH and feels like the album they were supposed to make
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  7. 8.0 |   The Music

    Like a blast of nihilistic metal rave dirges produced for a wild party at the end of the world
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  8. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Time will tell if they’re able to avoid stagnation on their next release, but for now, it’s wickedly fun to see how they tinker
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  9. 7.0 |   Crack

    We might not be living in the futuristic world we were once promised just yet, but we can still rely on HEALTH to push music out of its present-day comfort zone
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  10. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    The grimness of the lyrics works, and for fans of HEALTH and their style this is a worthwhile listen
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  11. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    As with the band's previous releases, VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR doesn't stick to a formula. Instead, it invents one of its own. Which at times makes for an unnerving and uneasy listen
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  12. 7.0 |   Punk News

    All in all, the androgynous energy of Jake Duzsik on the mic is more than enough to shape another pulsating yet nihilistic soundscape that reminds us how Health ages well like fine wine
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  13. 6.1 |   Earbuddy

    While great in small doses, gets bogged down by familiarity. Once you hear the album’s first four songs, you pretty much know what to expect
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  14. 6.0 |   NME

    The LA noise veterans take on the state of the world, attempting to pulverise injustice with sound alone. But a little variation would go a long way
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  15. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Of course, ‘Vol 4.’ is not without its own brand of death magic, but with such a potent past to their name, the band have failed to sustain what once set them apart
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  16. 3.4 |   Pitchfork

    The Los Angeles band used to make lithe, multifaceted songs that wrapped daring pop melodies in bristling noise; now, they seem content to complain into a murky hybrid of trip-hop and metal
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