VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR

HEALTH - VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2019 Ratings: #348 / 585
User Score
Based on 174 ratings
2019 Ratings: #801
February 8, 2019 / Release Date
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Loma Vista / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

96
Sputnikmusic

There’s literally not a dull moment to be found here, every track is lean and expertly written, averting a moment’s hesitation and keeping you in it from start to finish. Vol. 4 :: Slaves of Fear is a career-defining achievement that proves patience and planning can hold rewards.

90
Metal Injection

On their newest album, Vol. 4 :: Slaves of Fear, this amalgamation also results in HEALTH's most ominous, brooding, and diverse effort yet—and consequently their best.

80
The Line of Best Fit
It’s a heavy record for heavy times, but another intriguing example of what the trio can achieve, even when they’re burdened with the weight of the world on their shoulders.
80
DIY
Forever the outlier, the relentless experimentation of HEALTH, and the absolute resistance to the conventional always seemed to leave the trio way off the map. Today though, as the world itself shifts violently to stranger, darker positions, it makes sense to have HEALTH as a landmark.
80
Northern Transmissions
With genres and pigeonholes left smouldering in their wake HEALTH are very much in a league of their own.
80
The Skinny
The lyrical paranoia dovetails beautifully with the raw, bone-scraping arrangements to powerful effect, challenging listeners in both intensity and message. It feels like the record HEALTH were supposed to make.
80
Drowned in Sound

Slaves of Fear isn’t perfect, but then I’m not sure it’s trying to be. It’s all over the place, but is also strangely connected. It’s good, just leave me alone now - I need a lie down.

80
AllMusic

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.

75
Spectrum Culture

With each album, edition of DISCO or video game soundtrack, they improve on their own formula, becoming a more cunning machine. Not bad for a band that started in such a primal state.

70
Exclaim!
The grimness of the lyrics works, and for fans of HEALTH and their style this is a worthwhile listen.
70
Crack Magazine

We might not be living in the futuristic world we were once promised just yet, but we can still rely on HEALTH to push music out of its present-day comfort zone.

60
NME

The endless sense of melodrama robs the record of its potency, the impact of that pounding sonic template diminished through its constancy. The sense of doom is familiar, the sound of the band’s new record even more so.

50
Loud and Quiet
‘Vol 4.’ is not without its own brand of death magic, but with such a potent past to their name, the band have failed to sustain what once set them apart.
34
Pitchfork

HEALTH used to make lithe, multifaceted songs that wrapped daring pop melodies in bristling noise; now, they seem content to complain into a murky hybrid of trip-hop and metal.

zachthesnack
67
THIS RECORD FUCKING BANGS

Get ready to have your eardrums annihilated nonstop for 40 minutes by the noise/trap banger. This thing is front to back amazing. Filled to the brim with high octane, experimental tracks that absolutely had me floored!

HOLY FUCK, MAN

Favs: PSYCHONAUT, BLACK STATIC, RAT WARS, SLAVES OF FEAR, FEEL NOTHING

Least Fav: NC-17
lomalataus
45
Industrial Imagine Dragons

Most of the songs just feel like unfinished ideas. NC-17 is clearly the MVP.
pnrs
78
My one brain cell that likes melody says yes and my other brain cell that likes noise also says yes
PipePanic
84
Oh hell yes. As soon as that noise scared the shit outta me on PSYCHONAUT, I immediately had a goofy smile on my face. This shit FUCKING slaps. In a weird way, this is what I was hoping Bring Me The Horizon's latest record was going to be, but much nosier, fun, punchy and damned interesting. It's got the pop/trap tinged hooks, synths to make it dancable in a dark disco, and the thunderous drums and the heavy bass makes it have a gut punch impact that a record like this should have. It's like if ... read more
Fabi
75
whoaaaa this is so awesome! go listen to this - NOW!
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Track List

  1. PSYCHONAUT
  2. FEEL NOTHING
  3. GOD BOTHERER
  4. BLACK STATIC
  5. LOSS DELUXE
  6. NC-17
  7. THE MESSAGE
  8. RAT WARS
  9. STRANGE DAYS (1999)
  10. WRONG BAG
  11. SLAVES OF FEAR
  12. DECIMATION
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