May Our Chambers Be Full

Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou - May Our Chambers Be Full
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #44 / 752
User Score
Based on 109 ratings
2020 Ratings: #188
Liked by 4 people
October 30, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sacred Bones / Label
Thou, Emma Ruth Rundle / Primary Artists
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There’s plenty to latch onto, whether it’s the neck-rending riffs, the snarling/soaring vocals or just wanting to vibe out and let the darkness envelope you; it’s a display of artistry, the antithesis of bands who just want to game the Spotify system with two-minute bangers.

Neither artist is swamped by the other on any of these songs; instead, they have each successfully tapped in to what makes the other tick, and utilised those signifiers, those identifying sounds, to their fullest possible effect.

Metal Injection

Thou & Emma Ruth Rundle balance ugliness and beauty, but it’s really the emotional impact that makes May Our Chambers Be Full an indispensable listen.

The Arts Desk
It’s all pretty heavy stuff, that often veers towards the grungy and heavy psyche end of things, throwing up powerful sonic typhoons that are primal and raw in their intensity, yet occasionally float into the more ethereal before letting rip once again.
Metal Hammer
This collaboration sees its principle figures not only bringing their talents to the table, but stepping outside expectation for a surprising push into sonic shape-shifting and a greater melodic good.
Loud and Quiet
The whole LP would be a great release for either artist, but it’s the brilliant convergence of sensibilities that sets it apart in the landscape of alternative metal.

For all of its epic grandiosity, May Our Chambers Be Full only clocks in at a mere 37 minutes, but in doing so leaves a more indelible impression.

Beats Per Minute

May Our Chambers Be Full is that rarest of things – a body of work which combines but does not try to obscure the strong individual artistic voices of the collaborators.

On their collaborative debut, the Louisiana sludge band and the Kentucky songwriter funnel gothic majesty and charred metal into moments of unlikely wonder.
Great themes and vibes, just lacks anything that makes this really stand out. Great mixing on this too.
The chambers that lead to the stairway to heaven.
This may take a few more listens for me to really get settled in but I just know this is pretty good. Not a big fan of metal but at this point, I love any woman who partakes in any variant of metal. Not really inventive but some great ideas about composition are explored. Not crazy about the grunge vocals but when it comes to the singing I like it quite a bit. Decent chord progressions and instrumental blending, all-around an above-average post-metal record.

Color: Dark Gray
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This is Thou's best album.

This is also Emma Ruth Rundle's best album. Coincidence? I think not!

I absolutely ADORE how the two involved parties brought out the absolute best in each other. This is a beautifully crushing and emotive album and should be considered a benchmark for how a great collaboration should be done.

Also, "The Valley" is a perfect conclusion to May Our Chambers Be Full and is easily one of the top five songs of 2020. Bet.

Top Tracks: Monolith, Ancestral ... read more
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Track List

  1. Killing Floor
  2. Monolith
  3. Out of Existence
  4. Ancestral Recall
  5. Magickal Cost
  6. Into Being
  7. The Valley
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Added on: August 20, 2020