AOTY 2018


Thou - Magus
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #81 / 705
User Score
Based on 41 ratings
2018 Ratings: #383
August 31, 2018 / Release Date
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Sacred Bones / Label
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Patient, attentive listeners that take the time to find Magus’s secrets will be justly rewarded, as there’s a lot to be dissected here.

Metal Injection

They've always been a band flirting with perfection and with their fifth full-length album, that is certainly no exception

Loud and Quiet

As a release that circumvents straight-up catharsis in favour of inducing full-blown self-exorcism, ‘Magus’ has made a late bid to be crowned as one the year’s most face-searingly emphatic releases.

Northern Transmissions
They continue to be one of the more refreshing and exciting voices in the alternative metal scene, and are uncompromising in their vision. They are consistent and, for all the volume and spectacle, create an inviting world to explore as long as you open yourself to it.
The Line of Best Fit

It’s Thou at their finest and most foreboding, but even with that stamp of predictability, Magus maneuvres its songs in such a fashion and that patience and allowance for their gradual build shows their skillset as a group with a revering quality.


While the album seems more consistent than other Thou albums, the band still experiments.

Drowned in Sound

Magus is a successful affirmation of Thou’s place as being amongst the greatest heavy bands on the planet.


The Baton Rouge sludge-metal quintet's fifth proper full-length marks the latest tsunami in the endless storm of defeaning sound, political fury, and overwhelming prolificness that is Thou.

A.V. Club

Magus, their first full-length solo album since 2014’s towering Heathen, teases out the tension between melody and abrasion, like a severely narcotized In Utero.

Spectrum Culture

The music itself wonderfully reflects these morphing, warring ideals. What Thou do brilliantly on Magus, and perhaps better than any other metal band, is shift from one melody line or texture into something completely alien, but without a hint of dissonance.

The Needle Drop

Magus is Thou's best produced album yet and is, like Heathen, admirably ambitious in scope. However, the band's sound still isn't dynamic or enthralling enough to warrant the 75 minute runtime.

This is a long ass ride, but is very representative of one of the longer standing metal acts still chunking out new music. If you like this genre and can handle the long length, this is worth a listen.

Favorite track: The Changling Prince
It doesn't quite keep it consistently interesting for its run time, but a lot of what's on here is very well produced and ambitious as well. It's not a great album, but I really like how well this album fits together sonically, especially in the first two thirds.
Thou returns after a slew of very solid EP’s this year, with their longest and in a lot of ways their most demanding album to date. The material on this album is often dense and requires just so much patience. But more often than not, it leads to some of the most immaculate and well thought out Metal you’ll hear this year. It’s gritty and harsh, but it’s also cinematic and well thought out. It’s all out chaos with a grandness to it that I can’t help but ... read more
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#43/NPR Music

Track List

  1. Inward
  2. My Brother Caliban
  3. Transcending Dualities
  4. The Changeling Prince
  5. Sovereign Self
  6. Divine Will
  7. The Kingdom of Meaning
  8. Greater Invocation of Disgust
  9. Elimination Rhetoric
  10. The Law Which Compels
  11. Supremacy
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Added on: May 31, 2018