The Body open the flood gates from the first second this LP hits the needle. Roughly a minute after the cacophony of metal halts, it descends in to a piano number with soothing, wordless female vocals but you know any minute from… the metal beast will unleash from its chain like Prometheus and it does. The sludge pours back over the momentary serene environment The Body had painted. After The Body’s sixteen minute journey ends, Sandworm’s begins. Sandworm and The Body appear to go way back – Ben Eberle, one half of Sandworm, claims to have seen The Body over 100 times within the Providence area. From what I can tell in the previews, Sandworm’s songs are brief but they still pack a mean punch with vocals that quite frankly remind me of George Clarke’s. Just like the grey and white cover, this split is frigid and is meant to soundrack the worst blizzards you’ll ever see. Check out a preview of the entire split by heading through the Buy Now link below and if you don’t feel like doing that, you can check out Sandworm’s “Desert Warfare” via the SoundCloud player. Either way, see what you think of them. Cheers!

The Details

The Body and Sandworm are two bands with roots in the Providence underground that take unbridled negativity and spin it in opposite directions. The Body, legendary in both underground extreme music enclaves and the wider community of metal fans, are masters of expansive expressions of pure sadness that incorporate sounds and instruments far beyond what is typical in the realm of heavy metal. Sandworm is the young and hungry duo of Ben Eberle and Pat Reilly, bursting out of the gate on this, their first proper release, with a collection of raw and elemental black metal. On several songs they are joined by Mindy Stock of Virusse on drums. The contrast between the corrosive guitars and concise blasts of energy that Sandworm offers up and the grisly, detailed sprawl of the side-long track “The Manic Fire” by The Body displays the diversity of the Providence scene and amplifies each band’s unique abilities to create meaningful expressions of darkness and anger.

The Body and Sandworm have been friends for a long time. Ben met Lee Buford and Chip King when he was 17, and has hardly missed a single show the Body has played in Providence, which could amount to over 100 shows. He also contributed vocals to the two most recent albums by The Body, Christs, Redeemers and I Shall Die Here. Pat worked at the Providence pizza place and main hang Nice Slice with Lee, and played viola on The Body’s 2010 album All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood. Both The Body and Sandworm recorded their contributions with Seth Manchester and Keith Souza at Machines With Magnets, one of Providence’s most respected studios and performance spaces.

The Body and Sandworm will play shows together and apart throughout September and October. Though The Body are road veterans and have been touring the US for over a decade, these shows will be the first Sandworm tour outside of New England.

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