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Release date: 25 February 2014
Style: Sludge metal, Doom metal

Rating:

6.6 | 34 votes

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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
Matthew Thudium - guitars
Andy Gibbs - guitars
Josh Nee - drums
Mitch Wells - bass


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

Staff pick by
BloodTears

06.04.2014 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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tea[m]ster - 19.02.2014 at 16:19  
Rating: 8 Yup. Good stuff.
Chobo_jokeR - 22.02.2014 at 06:10  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 19.02.2014 at 16:19

Yup. Good stuff.


Agreed.

This album was spectacular.
Diverge - 02.03.2014 at 07:04  
Rating: 7 Interesting. I've only heard the first track but this certainly sounds like something that's up my alley.
!J.O.O.E.! - 02.03.2014 at 16:10  
Rating: 6 Can't seem to find any samples or streams of this anywhere.
nablock - 18.03.2014 at 21:55  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 02.03.2014 at 16:10

Can't seem to find any samples or streams of this anywhere.


Streaming on NPR now:

http://www.npr.org/2014/03/16/288676098/first-listen-thou-heathen#playlist
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.03.2014 at 23:19  
Rating: 6
Written by nablock on 18.03.2014 at 21:55

Streaming on NPR now:

http://www.npr.org/2014/03/16/288676098/first-listen-thou-heathen#playlist

Cheers
Boxcar Willy - 06.04.2014 at 20:28  
Rating: 6 Gotta check this out.
Boxcar Willy - 08.04.2014 at 01:31  
Rating: 6 Something about this just isn't clicking. I really want to like it, but it feels drawn out, and gets very boring at times.
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.04.2014 at 01:33  
Rating: 6
Written by Boxcar Willy on 08.04.2014 at 01:31

Something about this just isn't clicking. I really want to like it, but it feels drawn out, and gets very boring at times.

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.
mz - 08.04.2014 at 18:08  
Rating: 3 So damn boring. The worst thing I've listened in a while.
Alex Fenger - 10.04.2014 at 21:07  
Rating: 4
Written by mz on 08.04.2014 at 18:08

So damn boring. The worst thing I've listened in a while.

Woah. Was not expecting that kind of reaction. It's a bit boring, but mostly inoffensive with some nice bits here and there.
mz - 12.04.2014 at 02:59  
Rating: 3
Written by Alex Fenger on 10.04.2014 at 21:07

Woah. Was not expecting that kind of reaction. It's a bit boring, but mostly inoffensive with some nice bits here and there.

tbh, I was not even able to finish the whole record. I am relatively easy to appease, so there must be something really wrong with this record.
Lit. - 12.04.2014 at 20:02  
 
Written by mz on 12.04.2014 at 02:59

so there must be something really wrong with this record.

Or, you know, there's something really wrong with you.
mz - 12.04.2014 at 20:40  
Rating: 3
Written by Lit. on 12.04.2014 at 20:02

Or, you know, there's something really wrong with you.

I don't deny it, but still I'm better than this album =p
Diverge - 13.04.2014 at 02:07  
Rating: 7 I've listened to this through and through, and I didn't get any strong feelings one way or another. I'll probably give it a 7.
Alex Fenger - 22.04.2014 at 14:50  
Rating: 4
Written by Diverge on 13.04.2014 at 02:07

I've listened to this through and through, and I didn't get any strong feelings one way or another. I'll probably give it a 7.

That's exactly how I felt. I've seen a few people completely obsess over this album and I simply don't understand why.
God Alone - 22.04.2014 at 15:03  
Rating: 7 Well crafted and at times really crushing, but it's just too damn long.
Mr. Doctor - 22.04.2014 at 20:44  
 
Written by Alex Fenger on 22.04.2014 at 14:50

Written by Diverge on 13.04.2014 at 02:07

I've listened to this through and through, and I didn't get any strong feelings one way or another. I'll probably give it a 7.

That's exactly how I felt. I've seen a few people completely obsess over this album and I simply don't understand why.


Only listened to it once but from what I recall a solid 7 (if we're talking with commas I'd go for 7,3-7,5) would be from me. It's good but nothing more to it. Just like you I don't see why people would go so apeshit over it. I did give the staff pick a thumbs up though. On the other hand, I have no idea why someone into this kind of metal would be so offended by it. D:
Ozman - 22.04.2014 at 21:33  
  English doesn't use commas there 😉 In English it's 7.3 7.5😜
Mr. Doctor - 22.04.2014 at 21:38  
  Oh, I didn't know that. Thanks!

(Seriously... Thanks, considering my future essays will be in english!)
tea[m]ster - 23.04.2014 at 19:34  
Rating: 8
Written by Diverge on 13.04.2014 at 02:07

I've listened to this through and through, and I didn't get any strong feelings one way or another. I'll probably give it a 7.


It's quite heavy. The oft and on female vox adds a nice touch. Alos, their is more melody in this than people realize.
Erik M. - 23.04.2014 at 21:14  
Rating: 6 Musically not bad at all and actually a rather interesting album, but boring nonetheless. And way too long with its nearly 75 minutes. I had trouble finishing the whole album.

I also don't see why people are so obsessed with this album.
SceneryOfLoss - 09.07.2014 at 20:12  
Rating: 5
Written by Erik M. on 23.04.2014 at 21:14

Musically not bad at all and actually a rather interesting album, but boring nonetheless. And way too long with its nearly 75 minutes. I had trouble finishing the whole album.

I also don't see why people are so obsessed with this album.


Came here to say the same.
Alex Fenger - 08.08.2014 at 18:23  
Rating: 4 Goddamn this band is shit. So unbelievably boring
mz - 08.08.2014 at 22:41  
Rating: 3 Yeah I love the fact that I'm not alone on this ^^
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.08.2014 at 23:02  
Rating: 6 The album isn't good, but the band has some great releases.
Ozman - 08.08.2014 at 23:04  
 
Written by Alex Fenger on 08.08.2014 at 18:23

Goddamn this band is shit. So unbelievably boring



The band is actually great, but this release is just very average.
Troy Killjoy - 09.08.2014 at 02:21  
  I've tried on three different occasions to finish this. Can't do it.
mz - 09.08.2014 at 02:37  
Rating: 3
Written by Troy Killjoy on 09.08.2014 at 02:21

I've tried on three different occasions to finish this. Can't do it.

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??
Troy Killjoy - 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.
Diverge - 09.08.2014 at 05:51  
Rating: 7
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.
Lit. - 09.08.2014 at 05:57  
  Damn, that rating shot to hell real fast.
Alex Fenger - 11.08.2014 at 00:03  
Rating: 4
Written by !J.O.O.E.! 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
catherinewrong - 11.08.2014 at 01:20  
Rating: 5 Thou!!! This release is boring but I recently saw them live with The Body and it was enjoyable, so here's a 5.
Ilham - 22.09.2014 at 21:12  
Rating: 5 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.
tea[m]ster - 23.09.2014 at 00:20  
Rating: 8
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.
Ilham - 23.09.2014 at 00:46  
Rating: 5
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 .
3rdWorld - 11.10.2014 at 10:05  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! 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.
mz - 12.10.2014 at 02:38  
Rating: 3 My cocky nature makes me enjoy how this is getting negative opinions and low scores
Diverge - 12.10.2014 at 05:23  
Rating: 7
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.
Apothecary - 25.11.2014 at 00:28  
  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.
mz - 25.11.2014 at 01:05  
Rating: 3 ^ not seeing much hype on this page, fortunately
Mr. Doctor - 25.11.2014 at 17:43  
  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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