Additionally, ABSENT IN BODY share the disturbing video for “The Half Rising Man” to celebrate the release date.
Regarding the new video, ABSENT IN BODY vocalist/bassist Colin H. Van Eeckhout comments,
“I tried to make this real. Make it mean something. I wanted every inch of my body to feel the pain, anguish, despair and all else this album is drenched in. The hooks in my flesh, the black ink in my eyes, all made me feel one with this album, and this song in particular. “The half rising man spoke to me from the first time I heard it, and I needed to become it. Thanks to my friend and performance artist Louis Fleischauer, we were able to pull this off. Some doubted it at first, but now we feel its the essential closer of the album. This is where it ends.”
Initially the brainchild of AMENRA guitarist Mathieu J. Vandekerckhove, and NEUROSIS vocalist/guitarist Scott Kelly, ABSENT IN BODY formed in 2017. Immediately recognising their kinship, and with AMENRA frontman Colin H. Van Eeckhout brought in on vocals and bass, what emerged is a reflection of the intervening years of turbulence, extending it’s scope as it navigates across five stretches of unstable terrain. From the opening “Rise From Ruins” with ex-Sepultura drummer, Iggor Cavalera’s tribal beat emerging from foreboding, near-subsonic oscillations to explode in a tide of corrosive riffs and feral howls, through “Sarin’s” steadfast, procession-through-purgatory groove, to “The Half Rising Man’s” matrix of organic/mechanic evolution, it’s an album in constant dialogue between the animalistic, the human and the industrial, and a hunger to distill a truth, something unpolluted from the fray.
Here Protest music is often perceived as a petition, or a counter-argument against a controlling force. There is another sense of protest, though, that of a machine under stress: articulating the pressures weighing down on it by means of an involuntary, primal response. It’s these states of critical mass at which we must truly find ourselves, under duress maybe, but unblinded and alive. Plague God doesn’t just give voice to these moments of truth, but in the band’s deep kinship integral to every claustrophobic judder, every stretch of atmospheric dread and helpless alias assumed, lies a freedom we both forget and attain at our peril.
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