Thou - Heathen


7 | 50 votes |
Release date: 25 February 2014
Style: Sludge metal, Doom metal

Owners:

32 have it
6 want it


01. Free Will
02. Dawn (Interlude 1)
03. Feral Faun
04. Into The Marshland
05. Clarity (Interlude 3)
06. At The Foot Of Mt. Driskill
07. In Defiance Of The Sages
08. Take Off Your Skin And Dance In Your Bones (Interlude 4)
09. Immorality Dictates
10. Ode To Physical Pain

Line-up
Bryan Funck - vocals
Andy Gibbs - guitars
Matthew Thudium - guitars
Josh Nee - drums
Mitch Wells - bass

Additional info
Recorded and mixed by James Whitten.
Mastered by Adam Tucker.

Certain albums crush you and suddenly you become so small. Thou's Heathen does that. It is punishing with both slow marching riffs and beautiful harmonies which shine through the devastation. The brief acoustic passages allow you to breathe but the doom is always looming and never fades. There is a splendorous and limpid melodic side to Heathen but more than anything, this album is suffocatingly heavy.

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Comments: 52   Visited by: 223 users
09.08.2014 - 05:51
Rating: 7
Diverge
Written by Troy Killjoy on 09.08.2014 at 03:02

Written by mz on 09.08.2014 at 02:37
I did try to finish it,but it was a torture. 60% into the album I just had to stop this. Why making such a bloated album??

Bloated and uninteresting. It's crushing, sure, but it does little to engage the listener. Mindlessly heavy without much direction, or at least that's my opinion after my unsuccessful attempts. Maybe towards the end it improves, but based on what I'm reading in this thread it doesn't appear to be the case. I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything here by giving up and calling it a day.

That's a fair criticism. I managed to make my way through it in its entirety, but I haven't listened to it since.
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09.08.2014 - 05:57
Lit.
Account deleted
Damn, that rating shot to hell real fast.
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11.08.2014 - 00:03
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Guest on 08.08.2014 at 23:02

The album isn't good, but the band has some great releases.

Can't say I agree with you. I enjoyed Peasant and Tyrant, but wouldn't call them "great", and actually fail to impress most of the time. However, that being said, nothing I've heard from them is as piss-poor as this garbage
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11.08.2014 - 01:20
Rating: 5
catherinewrong
Thou!!! This release is boring but I recently saw them live with The Body and it was enjoyable, so here's a 5.
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22.09.2014 - 21:12
Rating: 5
Ilham
Giant robot
I should make another version of this album by removing all the boring bits I keep skipping. Because there are some good moments here and there.
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23.09.2014 - 00:20
Rating: 8
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Written by Ilham on 22.09.2014 at 21:12

I should make another version of this album by removing all the boring bits I keep skipping. Because there are some good moments here and there.


I am all into this sort of shit. I love lengthy, repeated, meandering albums. I love lots of music, I love getting lost in it. Do me a favor. Go listen to Light Bearer. Basically the same stuff. Maybe my attention span, after 41 years, is cavernous and a black hole, lol.
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23.09.2014 - 00:46
Rating: 5
Ilham
Giant robot
Written by tea[m]ster on 23.09.2014 at 00:20
I am all into this sort of shit. I love lengthy, repeated, meandering albums. I love lots of music, I love getting lost in it. Do me a favor. Go listen to Light Bearer. Basically the same stuff. Maybe my attention span, after 41 years, is cavernous and a black hole, lol.

My attention span - I wrote attention spam at first, hilarious - is really not the problem. It's just that this isn't really what I like the most. I listened to it (the parts I didn't skip, that is), because I am very curious about how my tastes evolved and if my opinion on Thou changed.

If Light Bearer is really more of the same, I will most probably dislike it. But I'm willing to try, I'll tell you when I get to it .
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11.10.2014 - 10:05
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
Written by Guest on 08.04.2014 at 01:33

I kinda felt that on the first song and never really got past it. I really like Thou so I'll give it another go tomorrow.

Same. Couldn't even get past the first song. And it is boring.
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12.10.2014 - 02:38
Rating: 3
mz
My cocky nature makes me enjoy how this is getting negative opinions and low scores
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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12.10.2014 - 05:23
Rating: 7
Diverge
Written by mz on 12.10.2014 at 02:38

My cocky nature makes me enjoy how this is getting negative opinions and low scores

Haha I feel that way sometimes as well. I must admit this album wasn't meeting the hype right from the get-go and hasn't been getting any better with additional listens through.
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25.11.2014 - 00:28
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
I first discovered these guys because of the collab they did with The Body, and after listening to this one I can pretty firmly say that The Body are vastly superior. Ok album, but totally undeserving of the hype it's been getting.
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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25.11.2014 - 01:05
Rating: 3
mz
^ not seeing much hype on this page, fortunately
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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25.11.2014 - 17:43
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
I've never heard the hype either. On the other hand, I still dont quite get what's so offensive about this album either. average to good stuff for me.
It's just too long.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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28.12.2014 - 03:28
Introspekrieg
Totemic Lust
Ode to Physical Pain is such a good song, damn shame.
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28.12.2014 - 03:46
Dima
Well it's made a few external 'top albums of the year' lists.
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28.12.2014 - 18:55
Rating: 8
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
OH ! I can't believe all these complaints about this record which is actually very good. :O
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The Fangirl.
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28.12.2014 - 19:02
Rating: 9
BloodTears
ANA-thema
Written by Angel N. on 28.12.2014 at 18:55

OH ! I can't believe all these complaints about this record which is actually very good. :O


Agreed. I would never guessed this album would be so polarizing but some people seem to hate it with a passion lol I love it though.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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28.12.2014 - 19:09
Rating: 8
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
Written by BloodTears on 28.12.2014 at 19:02

Agreed. I would never guessed this album would be so polarizing but some people seem to hate it with a passion lol I love it though.

I really expected something less beautiful.
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The Fangirl.
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28.12.2014 - 20:22
Rating: 3
mz
Written by Angel N. on 28.12.2014 at 19:09


I really expected something less beautiful.


You have a skewed perception of the concept of beauty
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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28.12.2014 - 20:30
Rating: 8
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
Written by mz on 28.12.2014 at 20:22


You have a skewed perception of the concept of beauty


wrong.
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The Fangirl.
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30.12.2014 - 12:17
Rating: 9
boo-boo
Written by Angel N. on 28.12.2014 at 19:09

I really expected something less beautiful.

I guess there is no better description. It's unexpectedly beautiful.
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World won't end today - it's already tomorrow in Australia.
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25.09.2016 - 21:46
Rating: 9
greg_lecter
Great album! Nearly perfection in my opinion.
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