The Thermals
The Body, The Blood, The Machine



by ChloeAUTM USER (1 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2010 | 9 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Body, the Blood, The Machine by The Thermals is an amazing beautiful, angry, sarcastic, LEGENDARY album. The only bad thing about it is that it ends.

" God reached his hand, down from the sky, he flooded the land then he set it on fire!

He said FEAR ME AGAIN, Know I'm your father, remember that no-one can breathe underwater!"

By that time I already had the shivers.

Those lines kickstart Here's Your Future, the first track on The Body, The Blood, The Machine, the third dynamic album by The Thermals .

Here's Your Future is an amazing song to open an album. It has amazing guitar bits that just beg to be blasted at disrespectful volumes on a friend's father's expensive speakers. The lyrics are amazing, angry, ironic and yet somehow beautiful comments on Christian religion. That's generally the theme throughout the album.

The next track, I Might Need You To Kill is slightly less upbeat. Hutch's vocals and the lyrics add an amazing edge to a tune that could possibly have become any indie-rock song, but instead tun into something of a comment on human nature and suppression, still using semi-sarcastic. references to the Christian bible.

The drums then fade into an opening for An Ear For Baby, an equally amazing tune with a similar message. " Good luck getting God on the phone, good luck getting even a tone! Good luck getting over the fence, good luck putting even a dent, in the mission, THE Dream, THE BODY, THE BLOOD, THE MACHINE!" The guitar solo about halfway is extremely loveable.

Once again, the song fades out, and in comes, BOOM..... A Pillar Of Salt, the alter-ego to the song about to follow, with almost the exact same chords arranged differently.All about sin and no shame. " We we're born to sin, we don't think we're special sir, we know everybody is!". Hutch's vocals might be known as shout-ish but somehow they maintain a beautiful almost harmony. This is very apparent in A Pillar Of Salt, where his singing is very subtly emotional.

And in comes the Alter-Ego to A Pillar Of Salt, Returning To The Fold. The guitar is super similar to emphasize this, except its much slower, and this time the theme is regretting sins and forgiveness. The guitar just after the second "verse" is amazingly saturated and, well, awesome.The guitar once again leads out of the song.

Test Pattern comes next, my favorite song on the album. A perfect song. Started with comforting drums and melancholy beautiful bass and guitar, all coming together, and then the most melodic you'll ever hear Hutch sing an amazing metaphor for a love song about no commitment. " So you can call this a test pattern, so you don't have to commit, so you can change any day", says the chorus. For some reason this almost reduces me to tears. The bass in the intro to the next verse is amazing. Hutch goes on to sing another heartfelt verse and the chorus once again before a bass and guitar session ending off the song.

St.Rosa and The Swallows starts with a much angrier and more comfortably " The Thermals " guitar bit.
More amazing lyrics from Hutch Harris and amazing drumming and bass by miss Kathy Foster.
I'm running out of good adjectives here! The chorus and verse finish and Hutch starts an amazing extro, which eventually ends the song off into , "I will hold you tight, through the cold days and the frozen nights...... When its COLD! COLD! COLD!" , before it fades out into a stunning hum of guitar and bass.

"Two By Two, LORD We'll Take em! Two by two, we'll lead them to the bedroom floor, we'll eat em in the cold of morning!" I can't say much for this song that I haven't already said. Religious sarcasm" Tick! Beautiful vocals from Hutch" Tick! Amazing instrumentals from Kathy" Tick! Amazing Lyrics" Tick! This album is so amazing and consistent that I can't help using the same words over and over.

Power Doesn't Run On Nothing. The 9th track. " We're MORE EQUAL, We'll move your people! off the planet! Cos Goddamnit we need the fuel!". The angriest track on the album, and the second last.

I Hold The Sound. The last track on an absolute lekker ride of an album! And you can tell it's the last track. " The light out, we don't talk, we sleep now. Its safe now, the world is over"

The only bad thing I can possibly say about The Body, The Blood, The Machine, is that it's too short, and that not every CD around is like to, because its so damn awesome and I want more.

I'm keeping my eye on Hutch, Kathy and new drummer Westin, and I'm excited to buy Now We Can See and whatever comes next or came before.

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July 23rd 2010


I get the feeling I would like this band/album.

That being said, your review is a little bit sloppy. Definitely revise a bit more before submitting. Also
choose your details carefully. I got that the lyrics were pretty sweet but beyond that, I still have no
idea what this album would sound like. Anyway it's your first review so no biggy. Just food for

July 23rd 2010


sloppppppppyyyyy but not bad review. Won't Pos or neg. I might like this band.

July 23rd 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

album rules

July 23rd 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

Nothing tops the first track

November 24th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

haha you said amazing 15 times. album rules.

October 27th 2014


Album Rating: 4.5

1 review with only 5 comments lol wtf

Digging: Weezer - Pacific Daydream

August 16th 2015


Album Rating: 5.0

this album hit me like a ton of fucking bricks. like, it's only 10 songs but the concept is so clear that it just feels like this one brilliant song with 10 unique manifestations. and the lyrics are so scathing without being mean or profane. and all the riffs and solos are simple enough without being too simple... damn, man. this'll probably be a 5 the next time i listen to it.

August 16th 2015


1 review with only 5 comments lol wtf [2]

August 16th 2015


Album Rating: 4.0

haven't listened to this in forever

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