You, Whom I Have Always Hated isn’t a split release, but a collaborative one. At the time of this writing, there’s no available audio preview for this album but if we can go off of the EP the two acts released earlier this year, then it’s going to be nothing less than a sludgy behemoth barreling at you with the biggest battering ram it could find. This is probably going to be despair encapsulated in some of the smokiest guitar drones this side of the Atlantic and with Thrill Jockey‘s track record, it’s probably going to be a quality release. Usually, it takes a week or so for an audio preview to surface for one of their upcoming releases so keep your eyes peeled for that. Below this paragraph, you’ll find four links to leading you to SoundCloud streams Brooklyn Vegan’s hosting – I can’t embed them since they’re set to private. Check those out and see what you think of them. If you like what you hear there, then chances are you’ll like what’s coming up. Cheers!


The Details

The Body and Thou are bands with Southern roots that have been pushing the boundaries of heavy metal for over a decade. Both have maintained relentless touring schedules, a dedication to DIY ethics and aesthetics, and a commitment to push their respective brands of extreme music into previously unexplored territories. You, Whom I Have Always Hated is a new collaborative release that showcases both bands’ unique abilities to create music that is emotionally effecting and unrelenting.

On You, Whom I Have Always Hated, each band’s distinctive elements shine through and combine to create something more visceral than the sum of their parts. While the groups have different approaches to live performance and stylistic nuances, they share general creative ideas and have a history subsumed in themes of alienation, melancholy, and despair. They describe the new collaboration as “a twilight dungeon crawl exploring the winding, ruined halls of Mad King Duro’s Castle, best friends at your side, enemies crushed beneath your heels, mysteries solved, and treasures found.”

The CD and digital versions of the release combine recordings by long time Thou engineer James Whitten (originally released only on LP as Released From Love on Vinyl Rites) and new material recorded by Seth Manchester and Keith Souza of Machines with Magnets, long-time engineers for The Body. In keeping with Thou’s tradition of 90s worship and The Body's knack for ingenuity, the release includes versions of “Terrible Lie” by Nine inch Nails and “Coward” by Vic Chesnutt. The remainder was written collaboratively in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and then further refined on their 2014 tour together. The tour culminated in a performance at the Gilead Metal Fest in July. The Body and Thou plan to reunite in the latter half of 2015 for some more D&D and possibly even some touring.

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