The Body & Thou – You, Whom I Have Always Hated
Thrill Jockey Records, January 2015
Just a couple months ago numerous year end lists came flooding out dominated heavily by Thou’s Heathen, The Body’s I Shall Die Here and the uniquely collaborative release from both acts; Released From Love. With such heavy critic and consumer acclaim, you would think that maybe, JUST MAYBE at least one of these relentless groups would take a breather from the studio for a year, or two, or you know…at least take a break long enough hug a puppy and freaking smile for a bit…SOMETHING aside from asserting sonic wrath to the public. Alas, that is not the case. Here we are at the beginning of 2015 and we’re already being aurally assaulted in the form of You Whom I Have Always Hated; the second collaborative effort from The Body & Thou.
From the get go you can feel both bands presence noted, as Her Strongholds Unvanquisable pummels in. Thou’s riffing highlighted by shrill distorted leads and the sonic percussive crash expected from The Body push the track through angry, writhing moments until it cracks, and collapses in on itself in a manner that causes every shriek put forth to make the listener feel as though their skin is being pulled back. Yes, indeed this is once again much more than just a split, but a successful fusion from two acts pioneering new terrain in sonic punishment.
The two bands even take a moment to cover Nine Inch Nail’s 1989 track Terrible Lie. Managing to transform it into something that could give Trent Reznor nightmares, this track is a separate entity to that which it plays homage. Matching the dissonance seen throughout this half an hour venture, this ‘cover’ fits in naturally and adds to You Whom I Have Always Hated just as much as any other track documenting this trip into the aurally horrific.
Like its predecessor, this record neatly encompasses both Thou’s aggressive pummeling and The Body’s dissonant approach to sonic horror. This is all combined into one unique sound that is effectively the grittiest and most unnerving release we have heard yet this year. Ohhhh…you, whom I have always hated…I fucking love you.
Rating – 8.5 out of 10