HEALTH - 'VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR'

8/10

Over the last few years, LA-based noise outfit HEALTH have truly begun to merge themselves into the fold of mainstream contemporary taste. Since releasing their heavily-coveted self-titled debut album back in 2007, the group have moved from a cult, underground following to becoming one of the biggest names in their chosen genre throughout the world. Mixing a dark atmosphere with intense production, the band have been pitched as the new Nine Inch Nails in recent years, and that reputation looks to have cemented itself as they return with their fourth full-length 'VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR', a blistering juggernaut of epic proportions.

Usually finding themselves in broad and longing musical soundscapes, this new collection sees them pay more attention to their more anthemic riffs and tones. The single 'FEEL NOTHING' gives the listener a true taste of what to expect on this new record, with pounding guitars and a thunderous production, we see absolutely no punches being pulled as it plays. From there, we hear very little in the way of lightening their sound throughout as the record moves from one bold and intense track to another, making this one of their more energetic and diverse releases to date.

HEALTH may not have the recognition they deserve just yet, but 'VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR' definitely goes above and beyond to warrant it. An uncompromising onslaught of raw power, this new album is their most high-profile collection so far, and they have certainly made themselves known on it.

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