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The Body – “Two Snakes” (Singles Going Steady)

Terrifying, brutal, crushing, squalls of dark sound come howling at you, tearing down walls and most semblances of sanity as the simple electro pads do their best to try and keep some semblance of sanity.

Evan Sawdey: Terrifying, brutal, crushing, squalls of dark sound come howling at you, tearing down walls and most semblances of sanity as the simple electro pads do their best to try and keep some semblance of sanity throughout all of this. It’s a monsoon of noise, the only weathermen who could’ve predicted it being the members of Death Grips, and here we are, trench coats ripped and umbrellas stretched into unrecognizable metallic shapes, unable to comprehend the nightmare we emerged from, but, somehow, we feel strength in doing so, realizing that in surviving this, we can survive most anything. [7/10]

Chris Ingalls: The whole thing is basically an endless assault. The Body throws everything into the mix, doing everything they can to make you miserable and afraid in about four minutes. The beat is brash, the synths gloomy, lots of chanting and screaming. Hey guys, thanks for the trip through hell! Sounds a bit like they’re trying too hard. It’s an interesting collage, but not something I would recommend if you have a migraine or just want something sunny and harmless while driving around town with your preschoolers in the backseat. [5/10]

Chad Miller: It’s nice how the choral element and the horror themes interact in this piece. It gives the piece some added depth other than just trying to unsettle you. It feels like there’s a message or a clearer story to dissect. There’s a good amount of changes in instrumentation too so that the song doesn’t feel too repetitive. A bigger ending and a buildup to match would have been nice though so the song feels like it’s progressing. The beginning almost seems to top the ending. [6/10]

Emmanuel Elone: “Two Snakes” is a track that seems to be going somewhere, but never actually gets to its destination. The glitchy, digital electronics and screaming vocals are decent, but that’s the entire song. There is no build, no climax, and no fall. It’s just off-kilter synths. Maybe the Body was going for shock value, but if they were, they lacked the aggression to do so. “Two Snakes” gives an image of heavy, distorted electronic production, but is actually as soft as some Skrillex songs, making it all bark and no bite. [4/10]

Jared Skinner: “Two Snakes” is the new single from the Body’s No One Deserves Happiness, dubbed “the grossest pop album of all time”. Drawing on a wide range of influences, this track sounds like a collaboration between Clint Mansell and Napalm Death. The result is a sludgy, degenerate mess, a true juxtaposition of pop-dance lines drowning in an apocalyptic clamor. While it may not be for everyone, this single is an inventive listen, and prove that the Body is out to overturn the confines of genre. [5/10]

Pryor Stroud: A psychedelic goth-metal sound-trip that sinks its teeth into your repressed memories, “Two Snakes” embodies that point in every slasher film when you want to look away but can’t. It’s definitively perverse, punctuated with demoniacal chants and sub-human growls, but there’s something mesmerizing about its overarching depravity. If Rob Zombie decided to try his hand at ambient soundscaping, then this is what it might sound like. [5/10]

“Two Snakes” appears on No One Deserves Happiness released March 18th via Thrill Jockey.

SCORE: 5.33

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