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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: 6 out of 8
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  1. 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.
  2. Feb 7, 2019
    80
    The lyrical paranoia dovetails beautifully with the raw, bone-scraping arrangements to powerful effect, challenging listeners in both intensity and message. It feels like the record HEALTH were supposed to make.
  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. 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.
  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. [The] constant sense of melodrama robs the record of its potency, the impact of that pounding sonic template diminished through its constancy. The sense of doom is familiar, the sound of the band’s new record even more so.
  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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