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Vol. 4 :: Slaves of Fear

HEALTH

Vol. 4 :: Slaves of Fear

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

ADM rating[?]

6.7

Label
Concord Records
UK Release date
08/02/2019
US Release date
08/02/2019
  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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