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Review of Health at El Club Detroit – 4.22.19

by David Gimpel

I first saw Health in 2008 opening for Crystal Castles and remember being mesmerized at how loud and different their sound was, yet it was accessible, even danceable. The best kinds of bands to see live are the ones that make you say, “What did I just see?”

Health is that kind of band and have since evolved from the noise/punk scene. They’ve expanded their sound, and incorporated other influences such as Nine Inch Nails, and Depeche Mode. They’ve also made some very accessible singles without losing any of their intensity. Heath stopped in Detroit in support of their heaviest, and in my opinion their best record to date Vol. 4: Slaves of Fear.

Health’s insane performance included intense strobe lighting with the lots of head banging and thrashing around the El Club. They appear to be having the time of their lives playing these danceable doomsday thrashers. John Famigilenti is the bass player and master manipulator of sound through pedals, what appeared to be the source of the distorted dance beats. Doing all of this while head banging like a member of Cannibal Corpse.

They scorched through 18 tracks, creating chaos with each one. The unpredictable nature of each jam was so special. You never know what can happen next, or how you’ll get there. Ending the night in head banging fashion collaborating with the opener of the night Youth Code, playing the song they recently released together called “Innocence.”

Health continues to challenge themselves and the audience loves every second of it. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of noise the band makes next and won’t be missing them next time they hit Detroit.

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