The Body recently relocated to Portland and, according to an interview they recently did with VICE, they sold their AK-47s to afford the move. Clearly, the guitar-and-drum duo arenâ€™t timid when it comes to approaching the genuine terror of real-life, and their videos are notoriously goose bump-inducing.
But the interesting characteristic of anything the doomy duo does is that the acts of violence are never actually seen, but simply impliedâ€”which, of course, is much more horrifying. In "To Attempt Openness,â€ť we see what can only be assumed is blood, spewing onto a canvas in black and white. In "Shrouded," we watch through security footage as a family is under attack in their home, but the assailants are never shown.
In this new short film â€śAt The Mercy Of It All,â€ť which was inspired by I Shall Die Here, the Bodyâ€™s collaboration with eerie U.K. noise artist Haxan Cloak, we see a man who remains in solitary in a cabin deep in the woods. He appears deeply tormented by something that eats him up so badly that he covers the walls with newspaper clippings telling of a tragic event. He begins having dreams of burying himself alive. In the end, we see the grief reach its tipping point as he sets fire to the ripped-up shards of newsprint and walk away, putting it all behind himâ€”but not before dropping a photo of his past, clean-shaven self posed with a woman.
The Body are here to remind us that there is nothing heavier or more terrifying than the day-to-day madness of humanity, and that you donâ€™t need to see gratuitous imagery to understand how deep grief can run. There is nothing more gruesome than reality.