Thou
The House Primordial


4.0
excellent

Review

by dbizzles USER (3 Reviews)
May 1st, 2018 | 102 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Thou, You Have Nothing To Answer For

Sludge ma-f u c k i n-gicians Thou have returned, though they haven't really been gone. While it has been 4 years since their last LP, the band hasn't been waiting in the wings and twiddling their thumbs. Nay, they have been touring, collaborating, cutting what's left of their teeth with what seems like every passing day- hell, just last week they 'released' a split LP with powerviolence/grind group, The HIRS Collective without saying a word. Since the much lauded Heathen was released in 2014, Thou has released a handful of splits and collaborative albums with multiple bands from different genres, delivering their trademark brand of doomy sludge through new lenses to audiences all over the world. The most frequent and, arguably, the most substantial and unique union has been with their experimental and polarizing sludge companions, The Body, who are known for dredging up absolutely filthy atmospheres that seethe with droning noise and Chip King's ear-splitting howls.

These frequent collaborations with The Body seem to have crept like an ice cream truck into Thou's songwriting as The House Primordial is easily the most experimental album in the band's discography. These influences show up often and are more blatant in some moments than others but will surely be the defining trait of the album's identity when all is said and done. They make their presence known immediately with the atmospheric opener, Wisdom, and appear again in full force with the loud drone of Prideful Dementia And Impulsive Mayhem, the brief menace of Corruption and Moral Trauma, and the dreadful march of Birthright.

Fear not, the Thou of old is here- just not as much as on their previous LP's, leaving the end result feeling a lot more like a collaboration than a Thou album. You will find the uncompromising blackened screams of Bryan Funck and the grueling pace of his band-mates at their peak in flashes here and there but that isn't when The House Primordial is at its absolute best. That honor is reserved for the tracks where these two halves collide; feeling like a high-speed car accident captured at 5 frames per second with every ugly scrape and skid competing with the pummeling rhythm of a blown tire left spinning against a wheel well. It is a beautiful disaster to behold. The explosive and deteriorating Diaphanous Shift is a holy union of noise and despair. Occulting Light is a plank walk that can only be found on a ghost ship in a remote desert. Finally, Malignant Horror drags the listener by its heels to confront and give into their deepest fears, whatever they may be, marking a horrific end to a confusing journey.

Perhaps this direction shouldn't have been a surprise considering the activity between albums, but I can't help but think the end product feels less like a Thou LP than any of its predecessors. This would sit nicely next to their compilations and split releases, but it sticks out like a sore thumb when considering their other full-length albums. Who knows❓ Maybe that is where this will actually land. The band is notoriously quiet with what can barely be considered and online presence and haven't released any details regarding the recording or release of this album. If this culmination of four years of work is indeed the heir to Heathen's throne, so be it- certainly a risky but solid release is nothing to scoff at and the band owes us nothing. However, each time the albums ends, I'm left admitting to myself that I was hoping for more; even if it was more of the same.


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dbizzles
May 1st 2018


11767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is growing on me already.



https://roboticempire.bandcamp.com/album/thou-the-house-primordial



DISCLAIMER: At the time of this writing there was no information regarding what this release actually is. Their bandcamp page now says the following:

The first in a series of EPs leading up to the Magus "full length."



Make sure to stock up on fresh undies, boys and girls; it looks like we've got a wild ride ahead of us.



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ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2018


2350 Comments


yes my dude. yes.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2018


40421 Comments


the pos primordial

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Hawks
May 1st 2018


57293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will jam soon. m/

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AdolfChrist
May 1st 2018


16608 Comments


holy fuck, i love that blown out production.

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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2018


11489 Comments


Nice review man, need to hear this. Minor thingie but: "Thou has release a handful of splits" *released. Looks slick otherwise (:

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dbizzles
May 1st 2018


11767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

: ) Good looking out, Scuro!

ThyCrossAwaits
May 1st 2018


3403 Comments


I saw this somewhere a few minutes ago and I’m here to double-check my thoughts which were “This is clearly a compilation or some Live At [insert Radio Call Sign]” crap hahahaha

Evok
May 1st 2018


7206 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

eh

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Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2018


1212 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Had no idea that a new album was coming out, this is so exciting. Thank you!

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2018


1508 Comments


Thou brings the pow
Pos'd

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2018


1212 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh this was a surprise release. That explains it.

dbizzles
May 1st 2018


11767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, Bloon.



@Xeno, yeah a couple users pointed out a listing on Discogs and Amazon just a few days ago. I read they were working on something but when the HIRS Collective split... uhhh.... came out, I thought that must have been it.

Spacesh1p
May 1st 2018


7636 Comments


Really nice dude, I agree almost completely with your take.

emester
May 1st 2018


8248 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"The first in a series of EPs leading up to the Magus "full length.""



its not a full length.



Spacesh1p
May 1st 2018


7636 Comments


Yeah they posted that with the release on their bandcamp page but it wasn't present on the page with the release yesterday (which was different).

BenThatsMyJamin
May 1st 2018


1814 Comments


They opened for Crowbar + Converge last Thursday and I missed most of their set as I was late but I don't remember them playing any new stuff, this is a welcome surprise

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2018


1212 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Quickly skimmed this and it's weird.

dbizzles
May 1st 2018


11767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeeeeah, being part of a series of EP’s gives this a lot more context. Very excited to see what else they have up their sleeves.

Relinquished
May 1st 2018


37838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea you get that impression usually when you skim



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