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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the Los Angeles noise rock band was produced by Lars Stalfors.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Mar 4, 2019
    96
    In essence, this album sounds like Death Magic if Trent Reznor had gotten a hold of it. They’ve subverted the congenial elements associated with their last record to make some of the band’s darkest incarnations yet.
  2. 80
    It’s a heavy record for heavy times, but another intriguing example of what the trio can achieve, even when they’re burdened with the weight of the world on their shoulders.
  3. Feb 7, 2019
    80
    Slaves of Fear isn’t perfect, but then I’m not sure it’s trying to be. It’s all over the place, but is also strangely connected. It’s good, just leave me alone now--I need a lie down.
  4. Feb 11, 2019
    80
    Sometimes, Vol. 4 :: Slaves of Fear feels almost too successful at what it sets out to do, but as bleak as it gets, there's something special about its empathy and honesty.
  5. Feb 7, 2019
    70
    The grimness of the lyrics works, and for fans of HEALTH and their style this is a worthwhile listen.
  6. 70
    Health's dark musical aesthetic feels as fresh as ever. ... Now, that's not to say there aren't a couple misses like "Rat Wars", but all in all, the androgynous energy of Jake Duzsik on the mic is more than enough to shape another pulsating yet nihilistic soundscape that reminds us how Health ages well like fine wine.
  7. Feb 11, 2019
    34
    There is no fight in these songs, not even the faintest stab at hope. There’s just empty moaning, and a lone, feeble guitar that chugs for all eternity in hell.

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  1. Feb 25, 2019
    10
    This album is just great, I like to listen constantly. I am powerless before it.