Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death
Some of Us are in This Together
Riot Act Media
Spencer Moody’s newest adventure, Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death and its album Some of Us are in This Together, is filthy beauty. It laments the past, but not because it was any better than the present. It’s as if Triumph drove through its hometown after it was deserted by all the townspeople, and now all that can be done is relive the memories that once were, or maybe should have never been, as sung in tracks like “No Hope Here.”
It’s ambient, it’s noise, it’s spoken, it’s screaming, it’s melancholy, and it’s slightly over it. “The Dirty Street’s” lonely, echo-ey guitar and thumping percussion bounce around Moody’s tired vocals that knock and rap like a shoe against a door. Other hard-hitting tracks include “Hey Asshole” (“Hey, asshole, shut up and dance!”) and “Don’t Lust after Other Women” (complete with howling). The last song “Friends Do Not Fear” is such a great ender. There is a fine point of either hope or acceptance within the din of a heavy heart. Slow and deliberate, it’s a track not to be missed.
This is definitely a must-have for the followers of the churches of Murder City Devils, Dead Low Tide, and Smoke and Smoke.