VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR
In VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR, the LA noisemakers distinguish themselves from the industrial pantheon by further mitigating the visceral electro-punk of 2015’s Death Magic. The trio are not softening up by any means, only pushing their typically abrasive sounds into a more tuneful direction. The gray-hued, decrepit landscape they envision in SLAVES plays like an allegory for our trying times; the future isn’t just looking bleak—it is bleak. Longtime producer Lars Stalfors assists in amplifying drummer B.J. Miller’s clanging beats and guitarist Jake Duzsik’s speed-metal breakdowns on “GOD BOTHERER,” while on the anxious “STRANGE DAYS (1999),” bassist John Famiglietti’s mechanized EDM bass drops obstruct its loud/soft dynamic stretches with great intensity. The band even channel their inner Jerry Bruckheimer on "STRANGE DAYS (1999)” as they fuse icy synths and thrilling drum pounds with the sheer magnitude of a sci-fi action sequence. HEALTH thrust their hammering rhythms within a pop framework—they invite us to find some escape in their cyberpunk-themed party before all chaos erupts.