Thou
The Retaliation of the Immutable Force of Nature


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by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
February 11th, 2009 | 13 replies | 9,532 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sludge band Thou get both dirty and clean with this short but well executed EP.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Although releasing a very solid full length in July of 2008, Thou popped out this interesting EP the very next month, which although remaining true to their sludge aesthetic, experiments in both directions of the sub-genre.

The first track ‘What Blood Still Flows From These Veins’ begins with a rise of feedback before introducing the band’s typical sludgy riffing and aggravated vocal style. It does not take long for the song to show how Thou differentiate themselves amongst other sludge outfits; there is an addictive progression to their composition, the riffs remaining heavy as fuck but not being monotonous in the least. The way the band incorporates melody into the belligerent base of their music is also remarkably well done.

Needless to say, the EP is fairly removed from what Thou laid down on their most recent full length. ‘What Blood Still Flows From These Veins’ slows itself down into somewhat of a droning song, both ambient and noisy; still, it is executed without any hindrances and the song comes off as an authentic sludge/fusion/noise/drone/awesome form of their style.

The experimentation continues with the second track ‘Acceptance’, albeit in a completely different manner. Almost the entirety of the ‘sludge’ that defines the band is non-existent throughout the song, and in its stead Thou plough through post-metal territory, combining soft/loud dynamics with a remarkable grasp over melody and build-up. It may be something totally different from what Thou have previously recorded, but it’s safe to say that the band handles the different style of music extraordinarily well.

Although at only two songs, The Retaliation Of The Immutable Force Of Nature is an excellent addition to the band’s discography, and in a way evidence of the band’s firm grip over their own talents.



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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2009



17920 Comments


i had a thou album but i deleted it when i purged like 1200 songs from my itunes

charlesfishtitz
February 11th 2009



784 Comments


chan is this something i would like?

gaslightanthem
February 11th 2009



5209 Comments


1200 songs fuck i deleted over 9000

Essence
February 12th 2009



3583 Comments


Mr. Rasputin guy the review was gud.

rasputin
February 20th 2009



14538 Comments


more people should listen to this. it's even better than the full length i think, which i plan to review soon enough

NortherlyNanook
March 5th 2009



1285 Comments


i heard a song from Peasant on the radio today, and yeah, the two songs on here are better than it.

edit: didn't specify which full-length

This Message Edited On 05.04.09

joshmay
April 7th 2009



28 Comments


THOU! FUCK YEAH!

karina
April 7th 2009



165 Comments


does this sound anything like tyrant

rasputin
April 8th 2009



14538 Comments


I haven't heard Tyrant yet, but it's better than Peasant.

NortherlyNanook
May 4th 2009



1285 Comments


i dunno why i'm bringing this up now, but just for anyone who actually cares, Tyrant has the two songs on this EP and 6 others.

the other songs are sick, too.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 11th 2009



16299 Comments


They actually have a copy of this at my local record store, which amazed me when I found out it was limited to 500 copies. I have to go back and get this.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

brutebeard
April 5th 2010



1655 Comments


Tyrant is rawer than most bands; Peasant is solid yet weaker

wyankeif1337
December 4th 2010



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Summit is still the best.





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