Magus, the band’s fifth proper full-length, heralds the latest tsunami in the endless storm of defeaning sound, political fury, and overwhelming prolificness that is Thou. The album surges and undulates with the dread that it’s only a matter of time before the waves-another outrage, another onslaught, another record-crash in again. Despite the pace at which they work, Thou have always been a precision crew. Across Magus’ 11 tracks, they fold odd meters and splashy drum fills into their thick neon sludge. But they also leave room for plenty of surprises
On Magus, this particular album showcases a much darker, wiser version of Thou, and could be heard as another version of Heathen, pretending, of course, Thou had released a super-deluxe double album, four years apart from its predecessor. Guitarists Andy Gibbs and Matthew Thudium are like the gunners of this platoon, providing protection for their General, for themselves, and the rest of their comrades. If guitar riffs could speak words, then those of Thudium and Gibbs could tell a million stories with every single one of their climbing notes
Sludgy Louisianians Thou dredge up the voice of unrest with Magus. By Cheryl Carter 2018-08-30T09:51:44Z Metal Hammer. 1. Inward 2. My Brother Caliban 3. Transcending Dualities 4. The Changeling Prince 5. Sovereign Self 6. Divine Will 7. The Kingdom Of Meaning 8. Greater Invocation Of Disgust 9. Elimination Rhetoric 10. The Law Which Compels 11. Supremacy.
Listen free to Thou – Magus (Inward, My Brother Caliban and more). This is album is dedicated to the sacred ego, that wellspring of individuality and unique complexity. Sing the song of the Inner Voice. Recite the hymns to the Celestial Will. Rebuke all desire to succumb to corrosive idolatry-be it the militancy of extremity, the beneficence of untempered ideology, or the divinity of cherished relationships.
Magus is Thou’s first full-length since 2014’s Heathen. In the months leading into the new album, Thou will be releasing three drastically different EPs: The House Primordial on Raw Sugar, Inconsolable on Community Records, and Rhea Sylvia on Deathwish, Inc. Each record will focus on a particular sound-noisy drone, quiet acoustic, and melodic grunge-all of which is incorporated into the new LP, subsumed in the band’s more standard.
Magus (2018) by Thou. Labels: Sacred Bones Records. Genres: Doom Metal, Sludge Metal Members: Bryan Funck, Andy Gibbs, Matthew Thudium, Mitch Wells, Josh Ne.
There’s a lyric on Thou’s new album that sums up their 11-plus year existence pretty succinctly: We are vast unknowable beings without the confines of your perception. The ever-humble Funck might dispute this, but that brash declaration definitely applies to Thou as well