Leaving None But Small Birds

The Body & BIG|BRAVE - Leaving None But Small Birds
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2021 Ratings: #365 / 580
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A bold, career-defining step, Leaving None But Small Birds updates metal’s longstanding obsession with morbidity, even as the musicians look to the past. That they sound so natural exploring these old, dusty sounds together, and that they manage to breathe new life into them, must be recognized as a monumental achievement.


A thrilling leap forward for its creators, Leaving None But Small Birds is a bold, confident, and riveting slice of dark, elemental folk music.

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Leaving None But Small Birds retains the defining characteristics (good and bad) of both bands within a framework completely outside the wheelhouse of what they were playing with a matter of months ago.


Leaving None but Small Birds is a departure for both bands that results in a mostly positive and rewarding listening experience. This complete change in sonic construction not only introduces these bands to wider audiences, but also gives a glimpse of their greater musical potential moving forward.

Both acts channel traditional folk music's power to express extreme desire, sorrow, and emptiness, occasionally driving the bitterness home by pushing the decibels into the red.
I appreciate The Body continuing to do these collabs that are clearly out of their comfort zone. Admittedly, they do a pretty decent job with this - I just wish they’d have added a little more of their own style to proceedings. As it stands, this is a fairly forgetful folky/psych record that could have been made by literally anyone.

Fav Track: Hard Times
Least Fav Track: Blackest Crow
The Body & BIG|BRAVE - Leaving None But Small Birds

Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Country: US / Canada

Final Verdict: 55% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 643th / 796

Highlight: Once I had a Sweetheart

Made me think of:
Lingua Ignota
The Body
While not even close to what I was expecting to hear from two of Experimental Metal’s finest, The Body and Big Brave have a whole lot of chemistry. It’s an album of sinister, drone heavy Psych Folk with a tortured underbelly. I can only imagine how great of an album these two could put out if they went further down the rabbit hole.

Give A Listen To: “Blackest Crow”, “Oh Sinner”, “Once I Had a Sweetheart”, “Polly Gosford”, ... read more
Leaving None But Small Birds is a surprising collaboration between The Body and BIG|BRAVE that doesn't sound like any of them. Instead of making, for example, some drone metal or post-metal tracks like you would expect, they opt for a more psychedelic sound, and it kind of works most of the time. That's of course until the last song hits in, which is an abrupt change of sound from folk-inspired rock to some slow drone metal. Overall, this is a pleasant listen that showcases an unexpected but ... read more
More impressive in concept than execution, The Body and Big Brave's country-meets-avant-garde metal collaboration is still a fun enough listening experience if one puts it on in the background.
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Added on: June 15, 2021