Thou
Peasant


4.5
superb

Review

by Sam Feldman's Rating USER (66 Reviews)
September 25th, 2010 | 93 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sludgiest of the sludge, Thou's Peasant turns water into oil and air into fumes.

Thou's Peasant does what any memorable sludge album should; it completely takes the air out of any room it's being played in and creates a heavy vortex, a pulverizing soundscape that suffocates listeners with slow, brutally constricting riffs and exploding percussion. But there's another, almost hidden layer of beauty in Peasant; Thou will casually throw in a wonderful guitar lead over the sludge that makes Peasant seem less threatening and it ultimately works in Thou's favor. As Thou pounds along at their unwavering, draining pace, there are little hints of beautiful guitar melodies that just peak their head out of the gallons of sludge and it really makes Peasant a complete listening experience.

Now Peasant doesn't change things up as much as say Thou's new album Summit does, as Summit is more detailed-oriented and more metamorphasis-like in its approach, but Peasant overall packs more of a punch because it doesn't sway that much. Peasant is the more direct and pounding of the two albums, never oscillating too far from the muddy explosions that are executed so well throughout the album like the beginning of "Belt Of Fire To Guide Me, Cloak Of Night To Hide Me" which begins with a truly haunting bass line that quickly engulfs into a rush of sludge. It seems as though Thou let loose more on Peasant than their other affairs; where Thou was more conscious of their planning on other albums, Peasant is their most raw and honest work because they did not worry about what will go where and instead relied on their instincts to create the most "Thou sounding" album of their career. In return, Peasant works as the best representation of Thou's crushing sound and a testament to their devotion of sludge based metal.

The majority of Peasant works like a close-up fly over of the genre of sludge; melting riffs pouring themselves over synchronizing percussion and vocalist James Brodowski's gasps for air, as if he is trying to escape the mud he enclosed himself within. As stated before, there are moments where he is able to escape; the soft intro to "Burning Black Coals And Dark Memories" is as beautiful of a moment as you'll hear in a sludge album. Absolutely stunning delay-effect guitar notes over quiet cymbal crashes give off the effect of finally diving out of the sludge and seeing the blue sky above this lake of oil and muck, only to dive right back in and submerge one's self in the toxic lake. The effect is a beautiful give and take of clarity and immersion and shows off how great Thou is at songwriting; this multi-faceted approach they take to sludge is silmultaneously welcoming and intimidating.

The sludgiest of the sludge, Thou's Peasant turns water into oil and air into fumes; a plodding, filthy masterpiece of the genre of sludge metal with hints of beauty sparkling in the toxins. It's a heavy, brooding adventure that never lets you go throughout its play time, and you're ironically thankful for Peasant as it chokes you into submission.



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East Hastings
September 25th 2010


4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love rwading reviews

fromtheinside
September 25th 2010


18363 Comments


i'm pos'ing for that summary alone

will read after i finish my review that i just told you about.

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2010


17215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

both albums don't do Thou's live show justice. they just take it to a whole new level.

Digging: Inigo Kennedy - Vaudeville

pizzamachine
September 25th 2010


12571 Comments


i'm pos'ing for that summary alone [2]

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2010


17215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

id kill to see hear this live man

it was totally worth the 5 bucks


fromtheinside
September 25th 2010


18363 Comments


damn. what was the line up

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2010


17215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thou, Moloch (doom from the UK), cathedrals, lockstep and sheeep.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2010


16410 Comments


great band

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marksellsuswallets
September 25th 2010


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It was totally worth the free I payed to get in...Seriously, they rule live.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2010


18514 Comments


Album's soooo good. Pos'd.

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liledman
September 25th 2010


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah that summary actually does summarise pretty damn well haha.

good stuff.

Inveigh
September 25th 2010


24997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gonna listen to this now

really liked the review too man SLUDGE

wyankeif1337
September 25th 2010


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just downloaded.
And my water, in fact, did turn to oil, and the air into fumes.

Grimlin
September 26th 2010


845 Comments


VVVVVVVVVVVV, pos'd

fromtheinside
September 26th 2010


18363 Comments


read it as promised and i liked. this made me laugh thou

Now Peasant doesn't change things up as much as say Thou's new album Summit does

cause there's barely any deviation in that album either. thou i like summit better

jingledeath
September 26th 2010


7104 Comments


Summit is cool, might try this out at some point.

ffs
September 26th 2010


4878 Comments


only got tyrant but ill prob check this out good review

brutebeard
September 26th 2010


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good to see this finally reviewed. I might try one for Tyrant.
Great imagery in your review. The thing that irks me about this album though is the super quiet snare.

Gyromania
September 27th 2010


15773 Comments


ugh

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Defeater
March 11th 2011


5782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

picked up the re-release of this today



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