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Released From Love / You, Whom I Have Always Hated

The Body & Thou - Released From Love / You, Whom I Have Always Hated
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2015 Ratings: #394 / 1018
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
Liked by 2 people
January 27, 2015 / Release Date
Compilation / Format
Thrill Jockey / Label
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The album is overwhelming – the emotions are not merely raw and real but also massive, commensurate with the kind of grudges that characterize myth.
The crushing intensity on this collection is commonplace for both bands, but comes together with more swampy layers than either can muster on their own.

Every note sounds instinctual, every moment fluid; this is what happens when good friends come together to watch the world burn.

No Ripcord

So, as paragons of aural battery, Thou and The Body certainly succeed. You, Whom I Have Always Hated is a beautifully punishing listen.

Though it shows signs of both responsible parties, it also proves their inherent restlessness, as they’re both willing to bend toward one another to create something richer than they might have rendered themselves.
The Line of Best Fit

Hated represents a more than adequate palate-cleanser before the real work stars anew.

The 405
Taken in isolation each track holds up extremely well, but as a complete piece of work it sometimes seems to rely on a few too many repeated motifs.
Tiny Mix Tapes
With thunderous riffs and gargantuan bass lines that come wrapped in noise and effects, the album certainly has moments of genuine terror. The downside is that those moments are few and far between.

This collaboration in doom and gloom is one of the best I've heard in a while. "Terrible Lie" is by far my favorite track and is actually a well-written song musically. The rest of the album, while not as creative, delivers a hard, depressing, dreary, and despairing piece of sludgy awesomeness.


Sometimes you need an album so brutally heavy that you think your brains are going to melt and flow out of your ears. The Body (who are great a collaborating - check our their 2014 LP with The Haxan Cloak) team up with Thou for 40 unrelenting minutes of terror- and awe-inducing noise that deliver the goods. Honestly, nothing clears the mind like a good dose of sludgey doom metal. Puts a spring in your step!

Standout tracks: Her Strongholds Unvanquishable, The Wheel Weaves as the Wheel Wills, ... read more

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Track List

  1. The Wheel Weaves as the Wheel Wills
  2. Manifest Alchemy
  3. In Meetings Hearts Beat Closer
  4. Coward
  5. Her Strongholds Unvanquishable
  6. The Devils of Trust Steal the Souls of the Free
  7. Terrible Lie
  8. Beyond the Realms of Dream, That Fleeting Shade Under the Corpus of Vanity
  9. He Returns to the Place of His Iniquity
  10. Lurking Fear

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Added on: January 5, 2015