May 26, 2014 - 10:54pm
BY GIANCARLO BUONOMO
I remember the first time I heard HEALTH, a noise-rock band from Los Angeles. A friend put them on, and I immediately said "this sounds like a nightmare ... but in a good way." HEALTH has released two albums already, with a a third on the way. Their sound is utterly unique; full of haunting, almost chant-like vocals backed by fierce drum beats and industrial synthesizers. This song, the first one I ever heard, is the epitome of these qualities. "Die Slow," which apparently is a reference to HIV/AIDS, is scary-sounding; there's no way around it. It might have something to do with the music video, which depicts a surrealistic, multicultural blood orgy. It's the perfect fit for HEALTH's music — dark and disturbing but also beautiful and thrilling.