Last year, industrial noise rock outfit Uniform and experimental metallers The Body collaborated on the album Mental Wounds Not Healing. Now, they’ve announced a second joint LP, Everything that Dies Someday Comes Back, with the punishing single “Penance.”
Distinguished by throbbing synths, the distorted howls of Uniform’s Michael Berdan and a martial beat, the new single is about an “ongoing attempt to hold oneself to a higher standard than you did yesterday,” Berdan said in a statement, per Stereogum.
“Human beings are bound to mess up as often as not, which can lead to either teachable experiences or nihilistic resign[ation]. I grew up surrounded by religious types who could act like monsters six days out of the week as long as they were willing to say ‘sorry’ to some priest and pray a rosary on the seventh,” he added.
“Continuing in malicious behavior and demanding arbitrary absolution is a garbage way to live. However, if we take account of where we’ve done harm to others and ourselves and endeavor to learn and not repeat these actions, then maybe we can grow into empathetic and loving people.”
“Penance” is the first single from Everything that Dies Someday Comes Back, which is out August 16 via Sacred Bones. Hear it below.