May Our Chambers Be Full

Thou & Emma Ruth Rundle - May Our Chambers Be Full
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2020 Ratings: #79 / 847
User Score
Based on 217 ratings
2020 Ratings: #250
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Kerrang!
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.
90
musicOMH

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.

90
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.

80
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.
80
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.
80
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.
80
AllMusic

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.

78
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.

70
Spectrum Culture

Running less than 40 minutes, May Our Chambers Be Full covers a great deal of ground without getting bogged down in any one track.

69
Pitchfork
On their collaborative debut, the Louisiana sludge band and the Kentucky songwriter funnel gothic majesty and charred metal into moments of unlikely wonder.
LetalShertly
68

Great themes and vibes, just lacks anything that makes this really stand out. Great mixing on this too.

Melancoholic
60

Decent.

thiefofprose
80

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

xcomebackkid
68

Long crashing waves of darkness and wallowing beauty create a sophisticated contrast between clean vocals and atmospheric black metal. The drone line nature of the album makes the back half a bit of a blur. A nice Celtic resolve on the last track gives a bit of the context of shared ground between the artists.

geidiprimes
100

should've given this the 100 it deserves when it came out.what was i thinking

Brihongol
70

I want Mortadela.

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Track List

1Killing Floor
6:46
100
2Monolith
3:23
90
3Out of Existence
3:42
90
4Ancestral Recall
3:54
90
5Magickal Cost
4:10
95
6Into Being
5:16
95
7The Valley
8:58
100
Total Length: 36 minutes

Year End Lists

#1/Treble
#10/Kerrang!
#47/Stereogum
#70/The Quietus
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Added on: August 20, 2020