Thou (American band)

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Thou
Origin Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Genres
Years active2005-present
Labels
Associated acts The Body
Website noladiy.org/thou/
Members
  • Mitch Wells
  • Andy Gibbs
  • Matthew Thudium
  • Bryan Funck
Past membersTerry Gulino Josh Nee

Thou is an American sludge metal band formed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2005. [1] The current line-up of the band consists of Bryan Funck (vocals), Andy Gibbs (guitar), Matthew Thudium (guitar), and Mitch Wells (bass).

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History

The band was formed by guitarists Andy Gibbs and Matthew Thudium, bassist Mitch Wells, and drummer Terry Gulino. Thou released their first full-length effort, Tyrant, in 2007 after the arrival of the vocalist Bryan Funck. [1] These were followed by their second studio album Peasant in 2008 and a string of EPs, including Malfeasance Retribution EP (2008), The Retaliation of the Immutable Force of Nature (2008), Through the Empires of the Eternal Void (2009) and Baton Rouge/You Have Much to Answer For (2010). Their third full-length album, Summit was released in 2010. [1]

The band's fourth studio album, Heathen , released in 2014, was met with critical acclaim. [2] [3] This album marked the first time in the band's career that the band had featured cleanly sung vocals from collaborator Emily McWilliams. [2] The album was named the best metal album of 2014 by music website Pitchfork. [4] Thou has toured with and collaborated frequently with fellow sludge metal band The Body, whom they most recently collaborated with on the album entitled, You, Whom I Have Always Hated. [5]

Style and artistry

Thou's style has been labeled as "experimental doom", stoner metal and sludge metal. [1] On the band's style, Allmusic critic Gregory Heaney stated that "the band's sound blends the shuddering heaviness of doom with the oppressive atmospherics of black metal, giving the band a monolithic sound that feels, at times, inescapable." [1]

Thou has taken a DIY approach to touring which has become a defining characteristic of the band and its aesthetic. [2] Thou's lyrics often espouse anarchist views. Thou also has covered artists from various rock music genres, including Nine Inch Nails' "Terrible Lie" (with The Body) [6] and Nirvana songs "Something in the Way", "Sifting", and "Aneurysm". [7]

Band members

Current members

Former members

Discography

Studio albums

Singles, EPs and Split Records

Compilation albums

Demos

Compilation contributions

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