Sunday, September 18, 2011
Bad Life - The Day You Die
'Bad Life is a procession of every half-heard sound that ever seeped through heat-cracked walls distorted. The Day You Die is eleven death rattles as rallying cries, grinding against the walls of this world'
Music Ruins Lives is back again - having been somewhat inactive over the past couple of months, the label has set off a series of upcoming releases with Bad Life's The Day You Die. Did I expect anything bad from MRL? Of course not. Did I expect to be blown away by Bad Life? Not entirely, but that's still what happened. Bad Life, as far as I can ascertain, have been around for a while, putting out some splits and such. The Day You Die seems to be their first full release however.
I find it hard to to properly categorise Bad Life. At its core, the band follows a post-punk template, but elements of noise rock, doom metal and Have a Nice Life-esque melancholy shine through. To sum it up as concisely as possible, this record is a fusion of both post-punk's and doom metal's versions of depression. Hearing Curisms alongside clear Black Sabbath influence seems to be a rather unpalatabe combination, but Bad Life make it work perfectly. Add to this a highly textured and addictive pop sensibility (warped beyond recognition by the band's experimental nature), and you have what could possibly be one of the best underground records of the year.
As dark as its subject matter may be, there is a consistent level of accessibility to The Day You Die, despite the record's almost malevolent atmosphere. For those of you who listened to nothing else but Deathconsciousness in the months following its release, you are strongly encouraged to spin this through just once. That's all it will take.
You can stream the album at Bad Life's bandcamp page.
Preorder the CD from MRL's store, as well as several other great releases they still have available (Wreck and Reference, Bad Braids).