THOU

Sludge Metal / Atmospheric Sludge Metal / Non-Metal • United States
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Thou is a sludge metal band from Baton Rouge and New Orleans in Louisiana, formed in 2005.

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THOU Discography

THOU albums / top albums

THOU Tyrant album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Tyrant
Sludge Metal 2007
THOU Peasant album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Peasant
Sludge Metal 2008
THOU Summit album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Summit
Sludge Metal 2010
THOU Heathen album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Heathen
Sludge Metal 2014
THOU You, Whom I Have Always Hated (with The Body) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
You, Whom I Have Always Hated (with The Body)
Sludge Metal 2015
THOU The House Primordial album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The House Primordial
Sludge Metal 2018
THOU Magus album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Magus
Sludge Metal 2018
THOU May Our Chambers Be Full (with Emma Ruth Rundle) album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
May Our Chambers Be Full (with Emma Ruth Rundle)
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2020
THOU A Primer Of Holy Words album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Primer Of Holy Words
Sludge Metal 2020

THOU EPs & splits

THOU Malfeasance-Retribution album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Malfeasance-Retribution
Sludge Metal 2008
THOU Thrive & Decay album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thrive & Decay
Sludge Metal 2008
THOU We Pass Like Night, From Land To Land album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
We Pass Like Night, From Land To Land
Sludge Metal 2008
THOU To Carry A Stone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To Carry A Stone
Sludge Metal 2008
THOU The Retaliation Of The Immutable Force Of Nature album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Retaliation Of The Immutable Force Of Nature
Sludge Metal 2008
THOU Through The Empires Of Eternal Void album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Through The Empires Of Eternal Void
Sludge Metal 2009
THOU The Degradation Of Human Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Degradation Of Human Life
Sludge Metal 2009
THOU Our Enemy Civilization album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Our Enemy Civilization
Sludge Metal 2009
THOU Reincarnation Prayer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reincarnation Prayer
Sludge Metal 2009
THOU Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For
Sludge Metal 2010
THOU Tears That Soak A Callous Heart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tears That Soak A Callous Heart
Sludge Metal 2010
THOU Dwell In The Darkness Of Thought And Drink The Poison Of Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dwell In The Darkness Of Thought And Drink The Poison Of Life
Sludge Metal 2010
THOU A Faire Quarrell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Faire Quarrell
Sludge Metal 2010
THOU The Archer & The Owle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Archer & The Owle
Sludge Metal 2011
THOU Big City album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Big City
Sludge Metal 2011
THOU To The Chaos Wizard Youth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To The Chaos Wizard Youth
Sludge Metal 2011
THOU War Is the Force That Gives Us Meaning: A Two Part Analysis of Personal and Inter-Personal Conflict album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
War Is the Force That Gives Us Meaning: A Two Part Analysis of Personal and Inter-Personal Conflict
Sludge Metal 2011
THOU Kowloon Walled City / Thou album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kowloon Walled City / Thou
Sludge Metal 2012
THOU Resurrection Bay album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Resurrection Bay
Sludge Metal 2012
THOU Released From Love (with The Body) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Released From Love (with The Body)
Sludge Metal 2014
THOU The Sacrifice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sacrifice
Sludge Metal 2014
THOU Only You Deserve Conceit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Only You Deserve Conceit
Sludge Metal 2015
THOU Great Falls / Thou album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Great Falls / Thou
Sludge Metal 2015
THOU I Hate Thou b/w Eyehatethou album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Hate Thou b/w Eyehatethou
Sludge Metal 2015
THOU Inconsolable album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Inconsolable
Non-Metal 2018
THOU Rhea Sylvia album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Rhea Sylvia
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 2018
THOU Let Our Names Be Forgotten album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Let Our Names Be Forgotten
Sludge Metal 2018
THOU I Have Become Your Pupil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Have Become Your Pupil
Sludge Metal 2018
THOU Thou On Audiotree Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thou On Audiotree Live
Sludge Metal 2019
THOU Sisters In Christ RSD 2018 - 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sisters In Christ RSD 2018 - "West Coast"
Sludge Metal 2019
THOU The Helm Of Sorrow (with Emma Ruth Rundle) album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Helm Of Sorrow (with Emma Ruth Rundle)
Sludge Metal 2021

THOU live albums

THOU No One Bores Me Quite Like Thou Bores Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No One Bores Me Quite Like Thou Bores Me
Sludge Metal 2018
THOU Everyday, Things Are Getting Worse (with The Body) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Everyday, Things Are Getting Worse (with The Body)
Sludge Metal 2019

THOU demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

THOU Call No Man Happy Until He Is Dead album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Call No Man Happy Until He Is Dead
Sludge Metal 2005
THOU Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo
Sludge Metal 2007

THOU re-issues & compilations

THOU Kingdoms album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kingdoms
Sludge Metal 2009
THOU Rendon Singles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rendon Singles
Sludge Metal 2010
THOU Oakland Singles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oakland Singles
Sludge Metal 2010
THOU Algiers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Algiers
Sludge Metal 2014
THOU Ceremonies Of Humiliation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ceremonies Of Humiliation
Sludge Metal 2014
THOU Ceremonies Of Consolidation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ceremonies Of Consolidation
Sludge Metal 2019
THOU Ceremonies Of Repetition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ceremonies Of Repetition
Sludge Metal 2019
THOU Blessings Of The Highest Order album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blessings Of The Highest Order
Sludge Metal 2020

THOU singles (2)

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Eyehatethou
Sludge Metal 2015
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The Changeling Prince
Sludge Metal 2018

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THOU The Helm Of Sorrow (with Emma Ruth Rundle)

EP · 2021 · Sludge Metal
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Something I’ve always loved about Emma Ruth Rundle is her versatility and willingness to do whatever the hell she wants musically. She's done everything from ambient to folk to doom to sludge to post rock to just about everything in between, and pretty much every project she’s brought her style to has flourished and succeeded in its own way. Whether it be her unique guitar work in post-rock group Red Sparowes or her more mellow folk-laden solo work, her greatest idiosyncrasy as a songwriter is the fact that her career never becomes static. Case in point: collaborating with Thou. On paper, it seems like a strange combination; I can’t think of a band Rundle has worked with that’s more crushing and intense than Thou, and you’d almost expect the latter’s sludgy riffs to be at odds with her singing and playing style. But such is not the case, as the “beauty-meets-brutality” aesthetic is exactly what makes this project work.

The Helm of Sorrow is an excellent continuation of the sound Rundle and Thou built together with last year’s May Our Chambers Be Full, still keeping with the latter’s melding of sorrow and intensity. The biggest thing that this collaboration benefits from is the members’ keen sense of dynamics; the music is meticulously composed to account for all the right emotional peaks and valleys, as is important for a lot of doom and post metal. In fact, opener “Orphan Limbs” is almost entirely based around Rundle singing cleanly over soft droning passages, whose guitar is reminiscent of Red House Painters’ brand of slowcore (Down Colorful Hill in particular). Only at roughly the last minute does the band erupt in a volcano of steamrolling guitars and shrieking vocals, and the long buildup just heightens the resonance of the payoff. This is the first time on the entire album we hear this level of intensity, and the slow build within the grim ambiance effectively keeps you on edge the whole time. But this isn’t the only way the dynamics of the record are experimented; “Crone Dance” is pretty much unceasing in its ferocity, and yet Rundle’s lovely vocal inflections add a strange melodicism to such an unrelenting series of sludge riffs. It helps, too, that the guitar tone is absolutely incredible here; it strikes a wonderfully odd middle ground between violent and textured, so you get something that’s equal parts harsh and compelling. And when Rundle and Bryan Funck start singing together on the remaining two tracks “Recurrence” and “Hollywood" (the latter being a Cranberries cover), it starts bringing to mind a certain approach that quickly got run into the ground in a lot of gothic metal: the “beauty-and-the-beast” approach. But I find there’s a difference here, as it feels like it’s done much more in service to the atmosphere rather than to be gimmicky. The downcast riffs are constantly emitting a sense of despair while the mix of clean and harsh vocals brings that perfect balance of sadness and anger; it really feels like I’m listening to “She Painted Fire Across the Skyline Pt. 1” by Agalloch again for the first time.

At this point, it surprises me a bit that Emma Ruth Rundle hasn’t been fully brought onboard as a member of Thou yet. Their respective approaches to these records seem meant for each other, and it’s a wonderful feeling when styles that are normally meant to clash can be brought together so beautifully. Let’s hope we can get another full-length of this kind of music, because 21 minutes - even for an EP - simply feels too short for how great the material is.

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