Thou – Magus album review

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Magus1. Inward2. My Brother Caliban3. Transcending Dualities4. The Changeling Prince5. Sovereign Self6. Divine Will7. The Kingdom Of Meaning8. Greater Invocation Of Disgust9. Elimination Rhetoric10. The Law Which Compels11. SupremacyBuy from AmazonBaton Rouge’s Thou have preceded the release of their first full-length since 2014’s Heathen with three EPs, each bringing to the fore different core elements of the sludge band’s sound: grunge, acoustic guitars, droning rhythms. All those elements are present here. Vocalist Bryan Funck is a deadly force and his voice is laced with anguish throughout a record that finds itself in a state of constant turmoil. Highlighting this flux is The Changeling Prince’s fuzzed-out guitars, which gradually spin out into lighter motions and add glimmers of hope to a track that carries the weight of the world on its shoulders. Thou constantly shift between primal rage, a sense of not belonging and anger at the modern world and on Magus they handle those emotions with a pure, unfiltered look at what makes us human and all the detritus that comes in its wake.

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