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Alternative & Indie - Released February 8, 2019 | Loma Vista Recordings

Since their return with 2015's Death Magic, HEALTH have added purpose and focus to their music, a trend they continue with Vol. 4 :: Slaves of Fear. To confront the chaos and despair that seemed to dominate the late 2010s, they add more weight to their lyrics and sound by giving Death Magic's industrial and synth pop leanings a stomping heft. The contrast between their crushing noise assaults and hollowed-out atmospheres is starker than ever, and on tracks like "Strange Days [1999]," the results are both wounded and wounding. HEALTH's juxtaposition of Jake Duzsik's soft vocals and the hard-edged sounds around them has always been striking, but it's never sounded more relevant, especially since they haven't forsaken any of Death Magic's hooky songwriting. Vol. 4 :: Slaves of Fear is filled with perversely catchy songs about death and hopelessness: On "The Message," they match the bluntness of lyrics like "Death awaits, so make your peace with it" with chugging industrial metal riffs; "Loss Deluxe" is a grimly danceable meditation on aging and isolation; and "Feel Nothing" and the title track are feel-bad anthems par excellence. That Duzsik's voice barely rises above a moan frequently makes Vol. 4 :: Slaves of Fear more affecting, and more unsettling, than some of the band's influences; his resignation when he sings "life's gonna break us down" on "Black Static" sounds fresher -- and truer -- than howling defiance. If the world has caught up to HEALTH's anguish, then the band likewise reflects the sounds of the late 2010s by turning trap's relentlessly ticking beat into a death rattle on "NC-17" and "Rat Wars." Sometimes, Vol. 4 :: Slaves of Fear feels almost too successful at what it sets out to do, but as bleak as it gets, there's something special about its empathy and honesty. ~ Heather Phares
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Electronic/Dance - Released January 1, 2015 | Concord Loma Vista

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As their furious earlier albums and all-caps name suggest, HEALTH don't do anything in half-measures. On Death Magic, they throw the extremes of their music into even sharper contrast, juxtaposing moments that shred eardrums with ones that caress them. They exploit the tension between negative space and full-bore noise as expertly as ever on "Victim," while "Men Today" and "Salvia" feel like fragmented flashbacks to the most intense parts of Get Color. However, Death Magic's super-sweet pop is arguably more shocking than its outbursts, not only because it's so catchy, but because HEALTH pull it off so well. "Life" is downright mellow, transforming Get Color's breathy vocals and massive backdrops into a chillwave anthem; "L.A. Looks" adds a dash of poignancy, with Jacob Duzsik sighing "It's not love but I still want you" over strobing synths and cavernous drums. Indeed, the most remarkable thing about Death Magic is the directness of HEALTH's words and music. By organizing their previous chaos into widescreen industrial pop, they offer up their hearts -- only to smash them. The band revels in heartbreak of epic proportions, using the visceral quality of their music to convey the physical toll of loss on "Courtship II" and mourning what was on "Flesh World (UK)": "All the bones grew strong before they broke/All the blood runs hot before it's cold." Shades of their former collaborators Crystal Castles can be heard here and on bleakly pretty songs such as "Stonefist" and "Drugs Excist," while "Dark Enough" reaches back farther for inspiration, exploding and reconfiguring Depeche Mode and the Pet Shop Boys into gorgeously gloomy synth-pop. While fans of HEALTH's previous onslaughts might be disappointed by the preponderance of hooks and emotion on display here, Death Magic presents a 2010s version of HEALTH that fits in with the likes of the Soft Moon and Blanck Mass while delivering their most accessible music to date. ~ Heather Phares
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 7, 2015 | Concord Loma Vista

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 18, 2007 | Lovepump United

With an equal affinity for minimalism, repetition, relentlessness, and abrasive noise, HEALTH's self-titled debut opens with a distant drone that ever so slowly becomes audible, very likely to get the listener to turn up the volume searching for the song, then pummels the unsuspecting over the head with a blunt blast of keys and drums. "Heaven" then drops into a volcano-worshipping tribal groove complete with mondo-distorto guitar and wordless chants that recalls Liars at their most primal. But before a modus operandi can be established, the second song "Girl Attorney" flails about like a rabid Tasmanian devil for the entirety of its 36 seconds of no-wave skronk. Combine the elements of those two openers and you have the third song, "Triceratops," which may be the closest thing to a traditionally formatted song here, with chanted vocals, atonal analog keys, and rudimentary guitar and bass, with a shifting time signature and a coda of layered feedback. The album continues on for a total of 11 songs in 28 minutes combining equal parts Liars' caveman conceptualism, Trans Am's frayed Motorik, and This Heat's noisy-yet-groovin' absurdity, cramming it all into a spazzy SoCal art-punk blender set on frappé. These mostly instrumental (unless you count mumbling, chanting, shouting and screaming) sketches are alternately assaultive and soothing, luring the listener into a hypnotic catatonia then jarring the senses with pulsating blasts of static. It may be some sort of shock therapy disguised as music, but whatever it is, it's captivating. ~ Brian Way
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 14, 2018 | Loma Vista Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 9, 2018 | Loma Vista Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 17, 2017 | Concord Loma Vista

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 8, 2009 | Lovepump United

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Electronic/Dance - Released June 22, 2010 | Lovepump United

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 22, 2019 | Loma Vista Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 12, 2018 | Loma Vista Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 16, 2017 | Concord Loma Vista

Alternative & Indie - Released August 31, 2016 | Cyberry Music

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Electronic/Dance - Released October 14, 2008 | Lovepump United

After garnering slews of underground accolades for its live shows and monstrous debut, HEALTH, the L.A. quartet ventured as far as it could away from its city's famous underground club, The Smell, with //DISCO, the second release that bears the band's name. A remix album of their debut featuring Crystal Castles and fellow Angelenos Acid Girls, among many others, //DISCO's raison d'être is for the remixers -- inspired by HEALTH's creativity with noise -- to re-create their intensity for the dancefloor. While the relationship between these remixes and the originals can be a stretch at times, the collection stands on its own as searing headphone candy set to thumping club beats. ~ Pat Sullivan
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Electronic/Dance - Released January 27, 2016 | Concord Loma Vista

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2015 | Concord Loma Vista

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 12, 2015 | Concord Loma Vista

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 24, 2015 | Universal Music Mexico

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 17, 2017 | Concord Loma Vista